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Category: Food


New Asian supermarket opening this week in Lakewood

New Jersey-based H Mart opens its third Asian-foods-focused supermarket in the Puget Sound area Thursday in Lakewood.

The 43,000-square-foot market at 8720 South Tacoma Way in Lakewood’s International District joins two other H Mart groceries in Western Washington in Federal Way and Lynnwood.

Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The company, which opened its first store in Queens, New York in 1982, expects about 70 percent of its customers will be Asian.  H Mart plans to open two more Puget Sound stores, one in Bellevue and the other in downtown Seattle, this fall.

“We are serving an ever-expanding

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Gig Harbor’s Point Fosdick Square Applebee’s opening Monday

Gig Harbor’s redeveloped Point Fosdick Square gets another major tenant Monday when Applebee’s Grill and Bar opens its 28th Western Washington restaurant in the Safeway-owned shopping center.

The new restaurant is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Monday at 4827 Point Fosdick Drive NW between Safeway and Kohl’s

The complex, which has been a shopping destination in Gig Harbor for decades, is remaking itself in a style compatible with its newer neighbor, Uptown Gig Harbor.

The family-friendly casual dining restaurant will be part of the nation’s largest casual dining franchise chain, Apple American Group.  The Ohio-based franchisee operates 438 Applebee’s

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Point Ruston loses potential anchor tenant

A South Sound grocer announced last year as a major retail anchor tenant for an ambitious Tacoma mixed use development has backed away from its commitment.

Marlene’s Market & Deli won’t be opening its third store in Point Ruston next year,  Marlene Beadle, the market’s founder, confirmed Monday.

“The family just didn’t want to do the risk,” said Beadle. “It just wasn’t the right timing for us.”

The market founder said she favored the expansion, but other family members thought the financial exposure was too great.

“We took a vote, and my side lost,” she said. “You just can’t fight

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Teamsters’ strike ends at Auburn’s United Natural Foods Inc.

A 9-week-old strike at an Auburn natural foods distribution warehouse has ended with Teamsters Union members ratifying a new contract Thursday night.

The five-year deal with United Natural Foods Inc.  provides increased benefits and wages for union members, said the union, Local 117.

All striking workers are expected to return to work soon.  The company had hired replacement workers during the strike.

Both the union and the company have agreed to withdraw pending unfair labor practice claims as part of the settlement.

“UNFI is pleased to welcome back our associates,” said Sean Griffin, UNFI Group president.  “We appreciated the hard

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Distillery deal for Tacoma’s Foss Waterway falls through

A plan to build a distillery and restaurant on the east side of Tacoma’s downtown Foss Waterway has fallen through.

The distillery’s developer, Riverhorse Inc., told city economic development officials this week  it will build the new facility in Kentucky instead of Tacoma.

Elly Walkowiak of Tacoma’s Economic Development Department said Friday that Riverhorse executives told the city they were unable to reach a satisfactory agreement to buy the site just north of the Murray Morgan Bridge.

That site  on East D Street is now occupied a dilapidated sheetmetal warehouse.  Riverhorse executives said they had planned to raze that building

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Martinac launching big fishing boat in dawn ceremonies next week

The largest fishing vessel built in the Northwest in two decades will hit the water in Tacoma’s Thea Foss Waterway in an early bird ceremony next week.

The Northern Leader’s launching ceremonies are scheduled to begin at 4:30 a.m. Jan. 26. The boat will slide down the ways at  J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Co. about 45 minutes later.

The launch is timed to coincide with high tide. The launching will be visible from the west side of the Foss near Johnny’s Seafood’s retail store. The shipyard is on the opposite shore.

“This is a pretty good-sized vessel,” said Martinac Vice-President Jonathan

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Opening a dialogue about the South Sound food system; conference slated for this Thursday

A coalition of crusaders concerned about the food we eat will meet Jan. 17 at the University of Puget Sound.

The sponsor, Healthy Communities of Pierce County, will host the South Sound Food Summit to Generate Positive Change for Local Food Practices beginning at 8 a.m. The meeting will extend through the afternoon.

The conference, according to a release, “is dedicated to improving the South Sound food system by increasing community awareness, building connections between farmers and buyers and engaging with key stakeholders in a positive discussion around the policies that impact the food system.”

Speakers will include Janie Morris,

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North Tacoma Grocery Outlet helping 25 needy families with gift cards

The family-owned North Tacoma Grocery Outlet is giving back to the Tacoma community at the holidays with a drawing to help needy families and individuals with a giveaway of $100 Grocery Outlet gift cards.

North Tacoma Grocery Outlet co-owner Lyn Lowe said the discount grocery store at 6425 Sixth Ave. will be selecting winners of the 25 $100 gift cards in a drawing Dec. 17.

“If you know someone who could use some extra help or encouragement, nominate them by December 16,” said Lowe.

Here’s how to nominate someone for the gift card drawing: “Email to

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