Monday, May 5, 2008

I have to drive or take the bus to get food...

So one of my favorite subjects I am just on the verge of researching is....
what will it take to get a great market in or near downtown Tacoma....

Yes, I love shopping at the hilltop's Safeway, or at the Albertson's on Pacific & 38th. I also stop in at Staydumb Thriftway, Fred Meyer, or Marlene's, and sometimes I go all the way up to The Disneyland store....Metropolitan Market !
I really want to see a store in these parts between Stadium Thriftway, Albertson's and that Safeway. I don't see any reason why there can't be a store in that triangle, and close to downtown.
And can the Co-Op settle in downtown?

Here's how dumb I am now.....when stores are multi-story, how do people get their shopping carts from one floor to the other? Do they build humongous elevators? It's been so long since I was in a big-city store, I honestly can't remember !
I'm starting here with the article in today's NY Times.....and then I'll do a cost analysis, just slightly less comprehensive than an MBA would do....just so you know you'll get your money's worth from funkoma vintage..and her sassy blog.

"Even Kings and Queens are facing their own food crisis. Kings and Queens Counties, that is.

A continuing decline in the number of neighborhood supermarkets has made it harder for millions of New Yorkers to find fresh and affordable food within walking distance of their homes, according to a recent city study. The dearth of nearby supermarkets is most severe in minority and poor neighborhoods already beset by obesity, diabetes and heart disease."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I haven't been in a two-story grocery store, but all the two-story Tar-Jay's I've seen have cart escalators in between the people escalators. (The closest one I know of is at Northgate in North Seattle)

izenmania said...

I was at a gigantic Tesco's in England and they had ramp escalators rather than elevators. Like the people-movers at the airport, but inclined to get you to the second floor, cart in hand.

propriatrix said...

Oh ! well isn't that clever...I didn't remember that at all the last time I was in a world class city. Maybe I didn't buy groceries! I think about this issue everytime I'm in the Thriftway..I can't imagine they will stay only one story...

Anonymous said...

Hi mom. The Target in Jantzen Beach has the cart-escalator. Maile really wants to ride it. I am tempted to let her. What fun would that be!

propriatrix said...

Hi Kid....I'm sure it's a federal offense to have that much fun!
Next time I'm there in Portland...I'm doing it....

murphy said...

...and those cart escalators are scary- giant black teeth revolving. i only shop with a basket

propriatrix said...

escalators are fun/scary...I think about that news item where the stairs failed and it ground up this lady.....eeeeekkkk!