WEST SEATTLE SCENES: The rush after the storm

If you haven’t been out yet today, the good news is that most of the ice has melted (watch out for remaining slick spots here and there). The bad news – the usual pre-holiday rush has been compounded by people having missed a few days of shopping time. Particularly groceries. Above, West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) has people directing traffic in the parking lot. Inside stores – and we’ve been to several – you’ll find scenes like the one Bill Schrier tweeted from Metropolitan Market:

Tonight’s closing times for local grocery stores – and hours for the ones open tomorrow – are all listed here.

21 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE SCENES: The rush after the storm"

  • Michael December 24, 2022 (1:57 pm)

    Metropolitan Market parking was similarly busy, with folks parked illegally on 42nd and having hopped the curb to park on the sidewalk on 41st.  PCC wasn’t nearly as chaotic, with maybe 15 in line for assisted checkout and no line for self checkout when I was there about 12:30.  Safeway was busy, but no more than a typical weekend afternoon.

  • Sam December 24, 2022 (2:25 pm)

    We stopped to pick up an item in the bakery at Met Market and the the staff working behind the counter was helpful and lovely. They made the visit pleasant despite the snaking lines and masses of people everywhere. 

    • David December 27, 2022 (3:23 pm)

      Thank you for understanding and being so patient!We were all trying to do our best to support our community and its customers like yourself that make it all worthwhile!WS MM Team.

    • David December 27, 2022 (3:29 pm)

      Thank you so much for the kind words and we hope you had a fantastic Holiday season!Much Gratitude from the WS MM Team

  • Odd son December 24, 2022 (3:00 pm)

    No parking means no parking. Not, it’s just for a minute or there’s nowhere else to park or I get to make my own spot on days that end in “y”. I wish parking enforcement trolled these areas. Entitlement, selfishness continues to get worse here.

  • HPMeg December 24, 2022 (3:41 pm)

    QFC is Westwood was busy, but they were moving the lines pretty quickly. 

    • WS Res December 24, 2022 (4:43 pm)

      QFC on Alaska was also moving along well thanks to all hands on deck and shoppers behaving pretty well.  Way better than when I did my “big holiday shop” on Thursday (don’t you always forget something?) and the fire alarm went off while I was doing the self-checkout!

    • Karen December 24, 2022 (6:10 pm)

      Besides the amazing QFC team, I was also impressed at how kind and even jolly the customers were at Westwood.  Everyone was commenting on that, not a single Scrooge or “Karen” in the whole store despite the long lines.  It was an actual joy to experience such goodwill.

  • Gay December 24, 2022 (3:46 pm)

    Thrift was super busy but we loved it.  Thanks for the warning…it helped ease us in to the party and everyone was behaving!  

    • Kelsey December 25, 2022 (10:15 am)

      Yeah shoutout to Thriftway yesterday — from helping us park to having the store stocked and fully staffed, it made what I expected a stressful trip to be pretty easy and uneventful. Merry Christmas neighbors! 

  • Sue H December 24, 2022 (4:08 pm)

    I would’ve loved to have bought groceries today after being cooped up for nearly a week, but between the first day after the storms and Christmas Eve (and stores mostly being closed tomorrow), I knew the stores would be a zoo.  I live 2 blocks south of Thriftway and was headed north on California around 2pm and got stuck several lights due to the backup of people trying to turn into Thriftway. Glad that wasn’t my destination.

  • DBM December 24, 2022 (5:22 pm)

    Big thank you to the team at Thriftway today. Went about 12:30 and it was organized chaos haha!  Appreciated the parking lot attendees directing cars into spots and also every checker open and hustling. Got through my list of last min groceries super quick because of their efforts to make it efficient even on a super busy day 

  • KM December 24, 2022 (6:55 pm)

    The staff at MM was amazing today. Kudos to them. 

    • Allen December 24, 2022 (9:11 pm)

      Agreed! We went to MM around 9 am and the place was packed. All of the staff there were helpful and friendly as always. We really appreciated their kindness and great spirits despite how busy the place was. Many, many thanks and Happy Holidays to everyone there! Later in the afternoon I went to the WS Thriftway because we forgot something and the folks there were amazing as well. There was a staff person collecting carts and he thanked me for coming in today! Holiday spirit for sure!

      • David December 27, 2022 (3:40 pm)

        Thank you so much Allen for the kind words!We will share this with all of our Team Members as it will make their day!WS MM Team

    • David December 27, 2022 (3:26 pm)

      Thank you for understanding and being so patient!West Seattle has the best customers in the City!WS MM Team.

    • David December 27, 2022 (3:37 pm)

      Thank you so much and we appreciate you as well! Happy Holidays and take care! WS MM Team

    • David December 27, 2022 (3:42 pm)

      Much appreciation and recognition for the Shout out KM!Hope you had a wonderful Holiday!WS MM Team

  • Ly December 24, 2022 (7:34 pm)

    When I went to Met Market around 4 p.m. the lines were not as bad. Everyone was patient except this one jerk driver who had to rev his engine and impatiently overtake me as we all approached the entrance to Met Market on 42nd. Chill dude, you’re not the only way that has things to do.

    • yes2ws December 25, 2022 (6:12 am)

      Funny you say that! At my grocery store, the experience inside was busy and pleasant; customers and employees alike. It was the aggressive nature in the parking lot that put a jolt to an otherwise peaceful vibe. Oh, and the one dad who nearly took a couple of us out racing through the aisles with a kid in an oversized cart. He seemed to be on a mission to get in and out in record time regardless of the crowd. 

  • Tina December 25, 2022 (8:14 am)

    If you need to shop today,  remember a $20 bill is an adequate annual thank you to the person who is forgoing their family celebrations to serve us!

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