Downtown Vancouver residents are mostly jubilant about Tuesday’s announcement that a new grocery store is coming to the neighborhood, fulfilling a civic wish of many years.
The New Seasons Market will anchor a new development on a long-empty block at Main and West 15th streets, across from the Clark County Historical Museum. It will be the only full-service grocery store in downtown Vancouver when it opens in 2023. As soon as New Seasons’ announcement reached Vancouver residents on social media, it evoked a strong positive response, although some commenters criticized the full-service store’s prices.
“About time a grocery store was downtown!” wrote Vinh Tran on a Tuesday Columbian Facebook post about the new store.
On Reddit, user 16semesters wrote, “Yes, New Seasons is a pricier option, but having any store that sells things like fresh produce and meat is an excellent option for downtown Vancouver. I’m sure some car-less people living downtown will be OK with paying a few bucks more to not have to take public transit to Grand Central (Fred Meyer) or up to the Safeway on 37th. Vancouver is creating a walkable and bike friendly downtown which benefits everyone and the environment. Really feels like the city is working for its citizens with how they have handled downtown development.”
Attracting a grocer
For years, the city of Vancouver has tried to attract a grocer to downtown, but prospects consistently said that the population density was too thin.