After 20-plus years of operating their Red Apple Market at 23rd Avenue and South Jackson Street, owners Lenny and Laurie Rose are closing the store on Saturday, Sept. 30, to focus more time on their Hilltop location in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.
The Roses and the Red Apple staff have been an integral part of the Central Area for many years and they will be greatly missed by the community. However most long-term employees have been reassigned to the Hilltop location.
A new grocery store will be included in Vulcan’s 23rd and Jackson redevelopment project. Construction is expected to begin early next year, with a completion date of mid-2020.
In May, Vulcan issued an RFP (Request for Proposals) seeking grocers who would like to be considered for inclusion in the new development, and while the Roses were among those invited to respond, they ultimately decided not to submit a proposal.
Earlier this year, Vulcan also invited the Central Area community to weigh in on the interim grocery solutions residents would like to see during the two-year construction period.
To meet the community’s needs for accessible groceries, Vulcan will be partnering both with Walgreens (located at the northeast corner of 23rd and Jackson) for everyday essentials and with Clean Greens to provide locally grown fresh organic produce at reasonable prices.
Clean Greens is a nonprofit organization owned and operated by residents of Seattle's Central District. Clean Greens currently hosts a volunteer-run neighborhood farm stand at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. In October, this stand will be moving to the parking lot of the north parcel at the intersection of 23rd and Jackson (where Starbucks and Walgreens are located). The day and hours of operation are still being sorted out.
We hope to have more information to share in the coming days and weeks.