GROCERY SHOPPING: Four West Seattle updates

As the pandemic starts its fifth month locally, grocery shopping remains the major out-of-home venture for many, so we’re still keeping watch on local standalone stores for Saturday-morning updates every week or two. Four updates this time around:

TRADER JOE’S: As of Monday (June 29th), it’s going back to a 9 pm closing time.

QFC: Senior/at-risk shopping hours have been pulled back to two days a week, 7-8 am Mondays and Wednesdays.

WHOLE FOODS: This chain also has cut back on senior/at-risk hours, 7-8 am Wednesdays and Fridays, with regular hours 8 am-9 pm and senior/at-risk shopping.

PCC: Now open 8 am-11 pm. And a note of interest – we missed this when it was announced a month ago, but West Seattle resident Cate Hardy, PCC’s CEO since 2015, is leaving for a new job as CEO of The Wine Group.

Our master list of store info is here. P.S. Don’t shop unmasked!

36 Replies to "GROCERY SHOPPING: Four West Seattle updates"

  • Selfish People Suck June 27, 2020 (9:24 am)

    Just came from Safeway shopping at 7AM.

    Still a bunch of Covidiots refusing to wear masks.

    Safeway management refuses to enforce mandatory masks. So tired of these deniers.

    Thank you to the majority of respectful people that are wearing masks and keeping their distance and believing in science. 

    • MASK4LYFE June 27, 2020 (11:13 am)

      Would be nice to get updates on which stores are actually enforcing the mask requirement. Those are the ones I want to shop in.

      • Anna Fillaxus June 27, 2020 (12:09 pm)

        I think WSB can be of better service to the community than researching and tracking mask enforcement at our grocery stores.

        • psps June 27, 2020 (2:08 pm)

          I think WSB SHOULD publish such details. Besides jeopardizing my health, these selfish fools jeopardize the health of everyone.  I won’t patronize any store that takes such a cavalier attitude about my health and that of its customers and employees. And I’m not alone. The economy won’t improve without there being some demand and any business that doesn’t care won’t see enough demand for whatever they offer to justify staying open.

      • Miki Jo June 27, 2020 (12:46 pm)

        Trader Joe requires you to wear a mask.

      • Donna June 27, 2020 (2:12 pm)

        Why don’t you just phone the stores you’re interested in and get accurate info directly from them?

    • Emy June 27, 2020 (11:49 am)

      There’s no need to be rude to people who are medically exempt from wearing one, and when the law is unenforceable (zero arrests have been made for failure to social distance in WA State as well feel free to look that up). Stay at home if you’re afraid, if the business wishes to refuse service to someone and asks them to mask up or leave that is their choice not yours. There’s plenty of delivery options in our area and churches offering free food each week if you’re really struggling. 

      • heartless June 27, 2020 (2:21 pm)

        I think the concern here is that the vast majority of people are not medically exempt.  There are very, very few conditions where a doctor would currently recommend that a person go ahead and shop at grocery stores and not wear a mask.

        So yes, let’s try not to lump in the under 1% of the population who shouldn’t wear any form of mask but should be out in grocery stores with the 99% of non-mask wearers who are either ignorant or mean.  But we see you not wearing a mask, and 99 times out of 100 it’s NOT because you have a legit medical reason.

      • john June 27, 2020 (4:12 pm)

        Regarding those medially exempt from wearing masks, EMY reverses the moral imperative required for COVID19.  That imperative is for everyone to wear masks, regardless of their health beliefs or laws and their enforcement.  Those people with medical exemptions should follow the moral imperative to shop during restricted senior/at-risk hours as they are identifying as at-risk in their medical exemption.  As EMY suggests, there are plenty of delivery options…  Why should the majority  (mask wearing) alter their behavior for the exceptional few that don’t comply, thereby possibly spreading COVID? When someone doesn’t comply in a store, I wonder why?  Perhaps medical necessity?  Yes, but why during regular hours?  Perhaps forgetful, leaving the mask hangin on the windshield mirror in car and no one has spoken up,  you remaining oblivious? Perhaps you are ‘just running in for a sec’ and skipped the mask?  Perhaps you are ‘exercising your rights?’ Perhaps you don’t even believe in COVID?  Perhaps you are a fan,  imitating  or  showing your ‘support’ of Donald Trump?At least in the parking lot, I can rely on visual clues.  I notice if that vehicle parked in the  designated space has DP license plate or a mirror hanger permit, no such luck with unmasked faces.I appreciate WSB’s coverage of essential services and special hours of operation. I also value, the anecdotal accounts WSB’s coverage generates.  Together, they provide some assessment of the different levels of risk at different stores.

      • AdmiralBridge June 27, 2020 (4:28 pm)

        OP is way off base here.  The medically exempt should stay at home and suffer delivery charges to support their “needs”.  The rest of us that are trying to be part of society while making the self-sacrifice to wear masks for the sake of others should not be penalized and – in fact – we’re actually obeying THE LAW.  This is not an optional item anymore, and I’m tired of all the covidiots that are blowing it for everybody in this country.  Stats aren’t going down and when the EU says you don’t have your act together to come in, you have to start thinking about what is so darn important to not wear masks.

    • AdmiralBridge June 27, 2020 (4:24 pm)

      I’ve already started taking to Twitter to complain about North Admiral Safeway’s lack of enforcement.  While I’m not sure I’m asking them to stand someone at the door, they should refuse to service them at the checkout and service desk, which wasn’t happening.  They were clearly engaging with clients not wearing masks – and not ones that would have any reason not to.  “No shirts, no shoes, no service” has been the rule for years, what makes “no masks” any more difficult?  Continued Twitter pressure may be one.  I’m giving them one more try and then boycotting if I see it again.  Lost count at a dozen…

    • SuperAwesome June 27, 2020 (10:52 pm)

      Very disappointed in the Admiral Safeway these days.  The lack of mask enforcement (even saw employees without masks!) makes me want to take my business to stores that care about the health and safety of their customers.  

  • PatS June 27, 2020 (11:15 am)

    I was at Safeway on California Tuesday morning at 7:00.  Six men, not together, not wearing masks. All the women were wearing masks. This just confirms that women are smarter!  

  • Goddess Andraste June 27, 2020 (11:58 am)

    It would be nice if we could get list of stores/chains that are enforcing the mask policy. Maybe people could report in over the coming week and WSB could post that? I would be thrilled to shift all shopping to businesses that care about the health and safety of their employees AND customers by enforcing/upholding the mask requirement.

  • gxnx June 27, 2020 (12:38 pm)

    Am not getting the Thriftway flyers anymore, did they stop sending them to save money? It always come in my malibox  on Wed with the QFC and Safeway.Are any of these stores giving 10% discount to Seniors(55)?

    • WSB June 27, 2020 (4:03 pm)

      Thriftway has a senior discount on Tuesdays. Not certain of the age cutoff, though.

    • Grocery shopper June 27, 2020 (4:43 pm)

      Met Market is not mailing store ads either. I think they are attracting shoppers without advertised specials.

    • East Coast Cynic June 27, 2020 (10:07 pm)

      You can go to the Thriftway website, as well as the websites for the rest of the supermarket chains and see the flyer in web form.  Every Wednesday, the supermarkets update their sites for the sales for the week.

  • Trickycoolj June 27, 2020 (12:38 pm)

    I went to Whole Foods last Saturday around noon-ish and every single adult I encountered had a mask on. The only person who didn’t have a mask was a child in a stroller that had the clear plastic rain cover tented over him.  They were still wiping down carts at the door too. It was the first time I did a real browse with the cart and no list grocery shop since February and I was very comfortable.  Easy to distance store wasn’t busy at all. 

  • wearyourmask June 27, 2020 (1:04 pm)

    I won’t be shopping at QFC or Whole Foods. This isn’t the time to pull back on protecting the most vulnerable. They should continue to provide senior/at risk shopping hours every day.

  • Shehee June 27, 2020 (1:38 pm)

    Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have followed the mask protocol. I have not been to QFC so not sure about there. Safeway (the 3 times I’ve gone since March) has many customers without masks.

  • jissy June 27, 2020 (1:41 pm)

    Well said, Emy.   These off-the-cuff, snap visual judgements are akin to some who use handicapped parking stalls even with a placard but “appear” able-bodied & are still shamed.   You don’t know by looking, Mr. or Mrs. Selfish People Suck.

    • heartless June 27, 2020 (2:56 pm)

      It is true that one can’t know by looking whether someone not wearing a mask has a good enough reason to put others at risk.

      However, when one sees lots of people not wearing masks, the truth is most of them do not have a good reason–instead they are being either ignorant (hard to be that ignorant these days, but still) or inconsiderate and mean.

      The truth is there are VERY, VERY few legit reasons one should be at a grocery store without a mask.  

  • Buttercup June 27, 2020 (2:46 pm)

    Missy, many people who have handicapped placards are people who might have heart conditions, respitory denominations, dialysis, cancer( can’t always tell) , other illnesses that can’t he texted with uneducated eyes.  I’m sure there are people who cheat, your comment is harsh and unnecessary. 

    • AdmiralBridge June 27, 2020 (4:30 pm)

      All of which are not communicable diseases.  Covid on the other hand….   Wear the masks.  It’s the law.  If you can’t, stay home.  Burden’s not on the prudent any more.

    • T June 27, 2020 (9:38 pm)

      Buttercup, I believe you are replying to Jissy and misread their comments.  They actually agree with you that some people make mistaken judgements about people using handicap placards or parking since many ailments are not visible. 

      • jissy June 27, 2020 (10:12 pm)

        Thank you, T…. that is indeed what I meant.  

  • Buttercup June 27, 2020 (2:47 pm)

    I find it interesting that we have a mandatory requirement to wear masks and the store won’t follow the mandate. This shows me that these stores 1. Don’t respect their customers health, how do I know the follow cleaning guidelines.2. Don’t respect our state and our attempts to flatten the curve, coincidentally our numbers are going up in this state. Coincidence? I don’t need Safeway nor any other business that can’t follow requirements. I would appreciate hearing from people who have been to a store that follows the rules. They deserve my money and support. Shop where you want, that’s our personal freedom.

    • flimflam June 27, 2020 (5:10 pm)

      yup. hate to say it, but people have shown very clearly that any sort of order/mandate without any sort of enforcement is essentially useless. the stores that refuse to cooperate with the directives from the state should face consequences.

  • Anne June 27, 2020 (2:50 pm)

    Would hope everyone who feels unsafe-and those who can’t -don’t want to wear a mask would take advantage of the other options /help available- families, friends, church volunteers -also many stores will do the shopping for you & deliver to your car when you arrive, home delivery too. Know these these won’t work for all-but truly— wearing a mask is one simple thing we can do to help keep others safe. 

  • Dm June 27, 2020 (6:55 pm)

    I dont understand why some people refuse to wear a mask. Is it vanity, ignorance, arrogance or entitlement? I’m relieved that I no longer have to ride  the 120 bus downtown in the morning at 6am because consistantly a quarter of the passengers don’t wear masks.  I appreciate that Trader Joe’s has had a consistent protocol. I feel safe shopping there.

  • AndY June 27, 2020 (7:09 pm)

    For people who are unable to wear face masks because of medical conditions, I suggest the government force them to wear a face shield instead:

    https://static01.nyt.com/images/2020/05/26/science/25SCI-FACESHIELDS/25SCI-FACESHIELDS-mediumSquareAt3X.jpg

    It won’t provide as much protection, however they can still breathe normally and limit the spread of infection. They can even make their own at home.

    • Jim June 28, 2020 (8:38 am)

      Andy – “I suggest the government force them …”     I hope you are not one of those supporting the  “defund the police” movement.   Meagain  pointed out where 911 is headed.

  • MeAgain June 27, 2020 (8:48 pm)

    I do not blame the store owners for not confronting face nudist.  What is going to happen if the person gets hostile?  Store person calls 911 and may get the answer ‘I’m sorry there is no one available to answer the call.’  Now the store owner is left with a situation that could turn violent.  Easier and safer to protect (from violence) your employees/customers and turn your head away from offenders.

  • SSS June 27, 2020 (9:28 pm)

    We went to Southcenter for the first time in probably 5 months. This afternoon. Most people were wearing masks, though definitely some groups not or wearing them around their neck. Nordstrom had someone with a cart at each entrance with hand sanitizer and were handing out masks to those entering without one. I appreciate Nordstrom going above and beyond and a great way to casually encourage it. That way people don’t have as many excuses. 

  • Wearmasktoprotectothers June 28, 2020 (8:51 am)

    I went to Bartells in Jefferson Square and a cashier clerk in the pharmacy was not wearing a mask. All other staff were. It made me very uncomfortable picking up meds.

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