Tomorrow is the day that Islanders have been looking forward to for some time: the grand opening of the New Seasons Market! Doors open at 7am – the first 200 shoppers will receive a $10 New Seasons gift card and the first 1,000 will receive a free, reusable gift bag! The Grand Opening Celebration begins at 9am, and will include the bread breaking ceremony at 9:30am with a fresh loaf of challah bread baked right in the store’s bakery.
When you walk into the store, the first thing you see is the Solutions counter, which will have shopper information, samples to try, and a friendly employee available to answer any questions you may have. That’s where I met Mea Irving, New Seasons Corporate Marketing Coordinator, and Jami Scott, community and promotions manage of the new Mercer Island store, who were kind enough to take me on a guided preview tour of the store.
One incredibly fabulous feature of the Mercer Island New Seasons Market is they have a nutritionist on staff. You can meet the store nutritionist at the Solutions counter on Friday, November 11th, 11am to 5pm. She’ll have information available regarding the classes and Shop ‘n’ Talk tours she will be leading in the near future.
Supporting local vendors, offering organic and non-gmo verified products, and promoting healthy eating are a dominant part of the company culture. Throughout the store, you will see shelf tags highlighting products produced in Washington, Kosher products, items that are organic, or ones that have been through the non-gmo verification process. The produce section is full of color, well-lit, and spacious. Around the perimeter of the store you can peruse the full service meat counter, the cheese counter, the Charcuterie counter… and the bakery! All their breads are made in-house, and include organic options plus non-gmo verified products. The bulk section is beautifully laid out along one aisle, and includes coffees, spices, liquids, and nut butters you make on the spot.
The store preview was so informative – there are so many cool features available at New Seasons Market. I think this store will be a terrific addition to the Town Center area. Check out My Mercer Island’s list of 10 reasons to get excited for New Seasons Market for even more details about what to expect when you shop here!
How about you? After attending the grand opening, let me know your thoughts about the store and what your shopping experience is like in the days following.