Value Village relocating, Grocery Outlet moving in

People have been emailing us wondering what is going at the old QFC location at the corner of 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St.

Workers are busy transforming the old grocery store into a new Value Village. Daniel snapped the above photo with his Blackberry before the sign was covered up with plastic.

Meanwhile, Grocery Outlet is planning to move into the location that is currently Value Village (8700 15th Ave NW.) We spoke with Peyton Robertson with Grocery Outlet who tells us they plan to have their new location open the beginning of May “provided that construction goes as planned,” she tells us.

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stopgo
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stopgo

I'm starting a petition to keep Grocery Outlet out of Crown Hill. Who's with me!?!!?!! email me at peterpumpkinnuts@hotmail.com ASAP. we have to get organized, keep ballard local or at least high end.

BRander
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BRander

Boy oh boy…Crown Hill is getting more and more classy. First it was Value Village years ago. Now we have Labor Ready next to the fire station and Grocery Outlet is coming to the old VV?

This is sad.

CM
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CM

The parking lot at the current VV is tiny! I'm surprised that GO thinks it's a good spot…the lot at the GO on Aurora is always packed.

stopgo
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stopgo

CM — I don't think any real planning went into this. Why don' they just take highway 99 and route it on over to crown hill, they may as well put the final nail in the coffin.

boatgeek
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boatgeek

Oh, spare us from Value Village! Why people can get clothes there for less money! Ruins the neighborhood, if you ask me. You look in there, and there's nothing but families as far as the eye can see. Reprobates, the lot of them!

Yeesh.

stopgo
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stopgo

boatgeek — please email me, it sounds like you are on board with the petition. We need to make sure we keep crown hill from turning into lynnwood.

owenwick
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owenwick

Ballard has been a blue collar fishing community for 120 years, so I dont get the “keep it high end” part of your comment. Its only been the past decade and a half where it has been yuppified.

The Grocery Outlet has good prices on a wide range of overstocked items, including “high end” items like imported cheeses, meats, and coffee. Not to mention organic meals from companys like Amy's.

Have you ever been to one before or are you just shooting from the hip with another whiny petition from a typical yuppie transplant?

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Crown Hill has never been exactly a garden area.

59thandBlake
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59thandBlake

The beer/wine license is already posted in the Value Village window! Grocery Outlet doesn't waste anytime.

I'm looking forward to Grocery Outlet and a bigger Value Village!

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Crown Hill has never been Ballard and has always been the less desirable part of the area.

remote_secretary
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remote_secretary

LESS DESIRABLE?
For many of us, Crown Hill is home. Give us a break! “Classy” can be a very superficial concept…

stopgo
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stopgo

owenwick — hmm. well what whas it BEFORE it was a blue collar fishing community?!? good idea, lets make sure that the neighbor never ever changes or improves.

I admit I have not been to a Grocery Outlet, but many of my friends have had bad experiences with their products and the quality and freshness of them. Believe me, I've had enough bad reviews from friends to know it is not for me.

I don't care if they have a 'wide range' of high end products, if the products are probably best suited for a dumpster due to near expiration.

stopgo
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stopgo

with the think tank that engineered such feats as moving a grocery outlet and retaining a value village in the neighborhood, it is VERY DIFFICULT to figure out why crown hill is less desirable.

stopgo
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stopgo

yah, why would we ever want to change that?

stopgo
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stopgo

wait, was that sarcasm? In reading again, I think it might be, except it lacks the usual components of sarcasm, like wit and humor.

stopgo
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stopgo

We are getting organized. I'm actually hearing from a LOT of people that they don't want this eyesore here. More details to follow, but thanks to all for your support.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Secretary please don't misread that. If it was not Crown Hill you would not be able to afford to live there so sometimes less desirable is a good thing.

Realestate speculation is the major reason we are such a downturn so do not do as poor stopgo and hope for the bubble to come back. I'ts a sure loser.

Ytoo
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Ytoo

Smart thread MyBallard. You will get lots of hits. I've noticed threads have been going wanting as of late.

stopgo
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stopgo

This might be the most illogical thing I have ever read.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Hold your noses any higher they'd be bleeding.

angelatini
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angelatini

Ok, so the answer is don't go there, then. Not “keep Grocery Outlet” out!!!

stopgo
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stopgo

My petition, and my supporters, are for the prevention of Grocery Outlet moving into the area. Our official group name is No, Crown Hill will not become Lynnwood.

59thandBlake
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59thandBlake

How is it an eyesore? Would you rather the building be vacant? I’d rather a business have the opportunity to open, create jobs, pump some money into the Ballard/Crown Hill economy. I’d rather it not sit vacant and create a Mecca for our area homeless… Believe me if you had driven by Sunset Bowl over the last few months you’d know what I was talking about.

I support anyone who desires to voice their opinion but again you are not being forced to shop at any of these businesses.

stopgo
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stopgo

We are looking into protesting the application for Liquor license at the moment. There are a lot of drug sales already occurring on or new the premises. Call our lawyers as we type.

Ballardog
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Ballardog

Please spare me the elitist BS. If there wasn't a market for the store it wouldn't be opening here. It's a free country and everyone deserves an opportunity. Both stores offer a needed service to the low and fixed income in the area. I have a hard time ever picturing Ballard as an upscale community due to the fact that there are so many multifamily homes crammed into such a small area. If you don't like it, move.