With a three-foot-wide cookie to mark the occasion, Metropolitan Market opened the doors to its seventh location [March 22]. It’s the first new store for Met Market in five years, and it comes at a time of increased competition in the specialty and organic grocery market. Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets and Whole Foods are both expanding in the area and New Seasons Market recently entered the region with its Mercer Island store.
This is the first venture into the suburbs for the Seattle-based Met Market, and the company has put a lot of work into the layout and design to specifically suit the shoppers in the area, which CEO Todd Korman says there are more of compared to his other markets. “We made the grocery department bigger to accommodate more selection of items for families,” Korman said during a Tuesday afternoon tour.
“We have really taken the best from the other stores and then added a few dramatic things to each department to make this new shining star in the company,” Korman said. Work started on the 35,000-square-foot store in summer 2015, and after a short delay, it opened at The Village at Sammamish Town Center at 301 228th Ave. S.E.