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AmazonFresh Pickup coming to Ballard

Posted by Geeky Swedes on March 15th, 2017

Update March 17:

The opening of Ballard’s AmazonFresh Pickup store appears to be getting closer.

Original Post:

We now know what Amazon’s mysterious “Project X” development along 15th Ave. between 51st and 52nd will be called: AmazonFresh Pickup. The facility will be a drive-thru to pick up groceries ordered on AmazonFresh.


GeekWire discovered these sketches from Amazon’s request for city signage permits, which were approved. The building will include a “Hello Ballard” sign, and an elevated AmazonFresh sign will be visible from the Ballard Bridge.


Amazon has kept quiet when asked about the development. AmazonFresh Pickup is a new concept — different from the Amazon Go automated store that opened downtown. Another AmazonFresh Pickup facility is under construction in SoDo. No word on when they’ll open.

Ballard has several supermarkets, especially if you count the upcoming addition of New Seasons Market on Ballard Way which is slated to open later this year.

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20 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 skipoar // Mar 15, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Drive up groceries? What kinda lazy ass needs to do this?

  • 2 Err // Mar 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    What kind of lazy person uses a store for their groceries. You could just grow your own.

  • 3 Primus // Mar 15, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    What kind of a lazy farmer grows their own food?

    You could just forage for flora and fauna

  • 4 niconico // Mar 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm


    How about someone like myself who is caring for my special needs child part time, working 13 hour shifts part time, and spending the rest of the time managing doctors appointments for my child and appointments for myself from a major injury. 2016 was a really crappy year for us, not one of laziness. I am saddened that you feel the need to make assumptions about other people from behind the safety of your keyboard. I hope you can find some sympathy for others, perhaps use some of that MyBallard commenting energy that you have to help others rather than complain about them. Peace.

  • 5 Social Justice Warrior Pants // Mar 15, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    “Drive up groceries? What kinda lazy ass needs to do this?”

    What, you ride a unicorn to Ballard Market to get yours?

  • 6 Bart // Mar 16, 2017 at 7:24 am

    You’d think someone struggling to make ends meet would purchase their groceries from somewhere more affordable like Safeway.

    This store is geared to affluent millennials returning from South Lake Union, not for struggling parents. That’s why it’s in Ballard instead of Burien

  • 7 Biff Sparky // Mar 16, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Amen Bart.

  • 8 Techie in Spandex // Mar 16, 2017 at 8:12 am


    So not for losers?

  • 9 Paulala // Mar 16, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Bart Biff Sparky, well who says you have to buy all your groceries there? Again, people making assumptions about the habits of others based on their own world view. What if the caregiver is desperate for diapers, medicine, toilet paper, etc, and would pay the frickin 75 cents premium to have their world be easier for the day? Drive thrus are not for the lazy, they are helpful for parents, the elderly, the infirmed, mobility impaired, time-crunched, people with pets in the car, those suffering colds and illnesses, or those who wish to avoid colds and illnesses. I worked as a drive thru teller in the 90s and when my bank unilaterally closed all drive thrus, all hell broke loose. It was a big mistake! They now have them back again, only with the pneumatic tubes.

  • 10 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Mar 16, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Fred Meyer has had their drive thru for a while, but I enjoy wandering in the store. Is it a success?

  • 11 MSW // Mar 16, 2017 at 10:34 am

    It doesn’t really matter to me “what kind of person” will use this service. I’m more concerned about how it will affect traffic on the main arterial into Ballard. We already have right-lane congestion thanks to the ill-placed Starbucks drive-thru, which hits commuters the hardest during the morning commute into town. Now we will have another ill-placed drive-thru on the opposite side of the street, affecting the evening commute back into Ballard (and compounding a notorious pinch-point, where the bridge traffic merges with 15th Ave).

  • 12 marissa // Mar 16, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Well, if you are in the traffic you are the traffic, same as those drivers heading thru drive-thrus on their way to and fro.

    A lot of hand wringing over a minor inconvenience for some in order to provide a convenience for others.

  • 13 Shawn // Mar 16, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    send them away corporate takeover creeps

  • 14 Shawn mclean // Mar 16, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    among the worst capitalist creeps in the world. they killed all the stores.

  • 15 Maggie Eunice Horn // Mar 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    @ #5 Social Justice Rules Pants

    “What, you ride a unicorn to Ballard Market to get yours?”

    Don’t invoke the Unicorn, or this mythical beast will ride you like Catherine the Great!!!

    So unless you want Lets Go Crazy to be the last sounds you hear, stay off the white pony!

  • 16 Loony Left // Mar 17, 2017 at 7:15 am

    “they killed all the stores”

    No doubt. I haven’t seen a store in Ballard in years.

  • 17 whybother // Mar 17, 2017 at 8:09 am

    What!?! You don’t need a car in Seattle! Shouldn’t this be a walk-up? Putting today’s stories together, you have a drive-up Amazon Fresh being built and an 85 unit building without parking approved. Is any one else scratching their head over this? Which is it – a land of no cars, or where no one needs to get out of their car?

  • 18 Profile photo of JM98107 JM98107 // Mar 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

    @17 Sure, just grab one of the handy shopping carts parked nearby.

  • 19 Uncle Buck // Mar 17, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    Quick joke for the Locals:

    Q) How does a Californian change a light bulb?

    A) They ruin their state, move north to another one, raise taxes, swamp infrastructure, and inflate prices until they can’t afford to live there either, then they demand a new law prohibiting bulbs from burning out.

  • 20 Don // Mar 18, 2017 at 10:23 am

    @17 It actually accommodates walkups as well. You order your groceries online, and can walk, bike, drive, crawl there and pick them up.

    While I probably wouldn’t go myself, it’s a great idea for people who work and don’t want to spend a half hour pushing a cart at the grocery store at the end of the day.

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