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Tag: Trader Joe’s


Downtown grocery should be supported, not picketed

Picketers were out in front of Tacoma City Grocer in January. They’re still picketing the nonunion store on Pacific Avenue. (Peter Haley/Staff photographer)

This editorial will appear in Wednesday’s print edition.

The grocery workers’ union is picking the wrong fight with its almost yearlong action against the only full-service supermarket in Tacoma’s downtown core.

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 367 says its picketers – many of whom are paid – are educating the public. But they rarely hand out fliers anymore or interact with people entering the nonunion Tacoma City Grocer. So it appears the real reason for the picketing is to discourage shoppers by forcing them to cross a picket line.

Tacoma is known to be supportive of organized labor, so it’s likely that the pickets have succeeded in driving away some business. What if that results in the store closing its doors? How many friends will the union make if it drives out the only grocer willing to take a risk on downtown Tacoma? The owner says his store isn’t profitable yet; how much longer will he hold on?  Read more »


What is Whole Foods, anyway?

In researching today’s editorial about the McMenamins project planned for the Tacoma Elks Temple, I learned from our news article that appeared Saturday that Whole Foods is rumored to be considering locating in the building going in next door.

I’ve heard about Whole Foods – a purveyor of natural and organic products – but have never been in one. There are some in Washington state but none between Seattle and Vancouver, Wa. Seems like a Tacoma location would make sense.

Whole Foods often gets mentioned in the same breath as Trader Joe’s, which I

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