The region’s best produce, meats and sustainably caught seafood, a friendly staff, delicious tastings, special grand opening deals and a celebratory “Bread Breaking” await Mercer Island residents with the Nov. 10 New Seasons store opening at 2755 77th Ave. S.E. CEO Wendy Collie, New Seasons’ executive team and store leaders will be joined by local producers and nonprofit organizations to welcome the community to the B Corp certified company as it opens its first “ultimate neighborhood grocery store” in Puget Sound.
Opening Week Festivities
Thursday, Nov. 10
7 a.m. Doors open; the first 200 customers receive a $10 New Seasons gift card towards their next purchase and the first 1,000 shoppers receive a free New Seasons Market reusable shopping bag.
9 a.m. Bread Breaking ceremony; CEO Wendy Collie, Store Manager Jennie Lea, local producer Seven Red Tagines and Mercer Island Youth & Family Services leader share remarks and break a loaf of fresh challah bread to share with all.
11 a.m. Apple farmer Denny Jones of Jones Farm (Granger, Wash.) offers free samples of fresh Washington-grown Jazz, Envy and Pink Lady varieties while supplies last.
All day Sample delicious products exclusive to New Seasons Market, including a variety of fresh baked organic, non-GMO breads and spreads from New Seasons’ Partner Label line.
All day Reserve holiday meals, turkeys, specialty meats and tasty chef-prepared side dishes in-store and also online at www.newseasonsmarket.com/reserve.
Friday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. New Seasons Market staff nutritionists offer healthy snacking ideas and answer questions about New Seasons free nutrition education programs.
Saturday, Nov. 12 – Sunday, Nov. 13
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Rare chance to get a taste of Portland cult favorite Salt & Straw artisan ice cream at a parking lot pop-up shop scooping four flavors, including best-selling Sea Salt with Caramel Ribbons and a dairy-free option; $1 per scoop sold will be donated to Mercer Island Youth & Family Services.
11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Chocolate tasting featuring more than 20 varieties of fair trade, organic and local chocolate.
“We’ve met wonderful people in the community and established strong partnerships in anticipation of opening day,” said Store Manager Jennie Lea. “We’re excited to open our doors and create a place where everyone feels welcome and neighbors come together and connect over delicious food.”
New Opportunities for Local Nonprofits
In line with the core values and mission of all 20 New Seasons Market locations, the company has built local relationships with nonprofits serving the community. Every day, Mercer Island Youth & Family Services, St. Monica’s Friends for the Needy, HopeLink or New Horizons will collect food that cannot be sold in the store but is still safe and healthy to eat and put it in the hands of area residents in need, addressing hunger and reducing food waste.
New Seasons customers will be able to donate to organizations including Mercer Island Parks and Recreation and Sound Generations through the company’s Bag It Forward reusable bag credit program, giving customers the choice to donate the savings to a local nonprofit. Next year, store staff will kick off a weekly Meals on Wheels route, delivering meals to homebound seniors and others unable to leave their homes. New Seasons annually commits 10 percent of its after tax profits to nonprofit organizations that feed the hungry, educate youth and promote environmental conservation.
A New Community Gathering Place
Designed with the Mercer Island community in mind, the store includes comfortable indoor seating and a covered outdoor dining area for family and friends to gather. At the “Sips” counter, customers can enjoy New Seasons chef-prepared snacks along with featured wines by the glass and rotating taps of eight draft beers. Natural materials like reclaimed Douglas fir from Seattle’s historic 1909 Union Stables add warmth and character to the fresh, renovated space.
Along with peak of season regional, organic produce, sustainably sourced meat and seafood and abundant grab-and-go deli options, Mercer Island residents can look forward to:
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About New Seasons Market
New Seasons Market is a West Coast neighborhood grocer with a people-first culture that builds and sustains relationships for the greater good. A champion of the regional food economy, it partners with farmers, ranchers and producers to deliver the best of the region and pairs local, organic favorites with grocery classics to offer customers choice, value and flexibility. The world’s first certified B Corp grocery store using the power of business for good, New Seasons started with a single store in Portland, Ore., in 2000 when three families and 50 friends united over shared values. Together with its 3,970 plus welcoming staff members, New Seasons offers a unique retail experience in which communities come together to realize the potential of a healthy, sustainable food system. New Seasons has 19 neighborhood stores in Washington, Oregon and California, as well as five New Leaf Community Market locations in Northern California, and commits 10 percent of its after-tax profits back to the communities it serves.