Crown Hill QFC to close

The Crown Hill QFC on 15th Ave. near 85th St. is closing at the end of its lease.

QFC spokeswoman Kristin Maas tells us the lease is up the end of August, but they’re working to extend it for a few months.

The extension would keep a QFC in Ballard until the new 42,000 square-foot store at “Ballard on the Park” on 24th Ave. opens this fall. And for neighbors to the north, the QFC on Holman Road will remain open. Maas says that employees at the Crown Hill store will have the option to move to the new store if they’re interested, or possibly to another store closer to where they live.

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Trix
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Trix

So there IS going to be a store in that mess on 24th. That's something.

gmer
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gmer

Why would that be so surprising, and what do you mean by “mess”? I'm a big fan of that development with its dense housing, a grocery store, and being right on a transit line. Something this region definitely needs more of.

boardbrown
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boardbrown

That store has no business even being open anymore. There is a much larger and better stocked QFC just a few blocks away on Hollman, not to mention the MegaSafeway right next door. It's a waste of resources.

Can't wait for the new QFC on 24th. It'll trump all the others in the end.

Melissa
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Melissa

NOOOOOO! I LOVE THAT STORE! THIS ISNT FAIR!

Now what? I'll have to go to Safeway! That's what…. and I hate Safeway. QFC, you are losing a LOYAL CUSTOMER!

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

I really like all the check out clerks at that particular store. I'm glad to hear they're going to be given the option of working at a different location instead of just getting completely laid off.

Ballard4Ever
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Ballard4Ever

I have been shopping at that QFC for 14 years and I will miss it! The manager is great and the folks that work there are friendly. We used to call the QFC on 24th the “surly store” because everyone was so crabby there. Maybe some of the folks on 85th will go down to 24th and brighten it up a bit…
And I would NEVER shop at Safeway. Not after they fought the neighborhood to put that gas station in. They lost me as a customer forever.

Sweet Rose
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Sweet Rose

I agree that the new building on 24th looks like it will be nice but I do wonder if it will have such high rents that it will remain virtually empty like LEVA. I have suspected for awhile that the Crown Hill store would be closing. The merchandise choices they offer have been shrinking for months.

kim
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kim

didn't they just rehab it?

kim
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kim

they were grumpy weren't they!!!

Melissa
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Melissa

everyone I know thinks I'm crazy, but QFC has better prices than any other grocery store in Seattle. I love how fast they discount milk.

I'm so sad because I dont drive and now the only storewithin walking distance is Safeway :(

Guest
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Guest

geez. you people are sooooo new Seattle. My grandmother would have been just thrilled to have both a QFC AND a Safeway across from each other. Add a gas station, and heaven would have been called Crown Hill.

MartinCron
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MartinCron

I'm really hoping that spot gets transformed into a Metropolitan Market styled after the one in Sand Point. It's a good size (not too small, not too large) and Metropolitan Market has some experience in turning around dilapidated stores.

whitman
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whitman

could also be a new location for greenwood market if they get booted for a new mega fred that is in the early planning stages.

eric
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eric

“ballard on the park” – lol. these developement names are the best….

Trix
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Trix

That's what I mean. There is already a new development on every other corner. It's not going to sell. It's a mess. Glad there will be a grocery store on 24th again, though.

Trix
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Trix

Not to mention a better, and more discounted, wine section than Safeway. I miss my QFC on 24th. The one on 15th wasn't convenient for me to get to.

Melissa
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Melissa

that's another thing, too… what will happen to this space? Yeah, I'm gonna miss my Crown Hill QFC dearly, but gosh I HATE seeing large vacant buildings & spaces.

Bobby
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Bobby

Dear PCC: Please, please come to Crown Hill!

mickey
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mickey

“Transit line”? You mean the new and NOT improved #18 bus, which will only travel from 85th to Market St.?

gmer
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gmer

Well, as it is now the 18 express will get you from ballard to the south end of downtown in 30 minutes during rush hour. If the BRT rapidride line goes into service, the 18 will take you to leary and 15th for a transfer adding 5 minutes to the total trip. Pretty good compared to driving downtown, fighting traffic, and paying more than $200 a month for parking.

Fifth Door
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Fifth Door

I just moved to Crown hill, a block away from that QFC, and I must confess I really liked going to that one. The employee's were always nice, and I liked going through the place. Guess I'll have to go to safeway. Just hope all the good people there get new jobs that they are happy with, they deserve a pat on the back.

I do agree, it will be a shame to see one more empty building on the block.

Jennifer
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Jennifer

Ever since Amazon Fresh started delivering to Ballard, I forgot we had actual grocery stores.

Barney Stinson
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Barney Stinson

Of course its not going to sell, its going to be apartments.

Apparently ignorance is bitterness, not bliss.

QFC fan
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QFC fan

The QFC was open way later than the Safeway.

randi
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randi

good riddance. that qfc is so small and the deli people are rude