Top Foods on Redmond Way is closing on Sunday. What a bummer. Today, one of our blog readers emailed they are giving 25% off on everything this weekend. It was a good excuse & reminder to visit the store for the last time. Top Foods is special from the rest. The short-order restaurant atrium - with it's garage doors - will be a sorely missed gathering place. Sports teams and parents would meet-up before, and after. Families. Business workers. I loved to bike the Bear Creek Trail, snack and rest-up. Quite a few visited the Creek - you can see the Cottonwoods - from here. (photo)
I bumped into the Manager today. With a strained smile he said he'd take a week off and go to Hawaii for two weeks; not certain what to do next. Others were offered jobs at nearby Top Foods stores or lost their unemployment insurance by saying "no". One self-stocker was happy about his new job in the Kent store. He commutes from Puyallup. The workers are all friendly.
I had heard rumors why Top Foods was closing. The Manager filled me in. It was a combination of things: 1) Traffic is excellent to the Plateau but the store is set-back and unseen. 2) The city wouldn't permit a "pillar sign" on Redmond Way. 3) Redmond Town Center owns the property; many leases tripled.
I'll miss this place: it was more than a grocer. I wonder what will replace it?