Central Co-op to Open in Tacoma’s West End

The grocery store turned thrift store on 46th and North Pearl Street is transforming back into a neighborhood grocery store, with the arrival of Seattle-based Central Co-op.

The all-encompassing grocery store — which officially opens June 15 — will feature a large produce department, grab-and-go section within the deli, and a fresh meat and seafood department. For those familiar with Central Co-op, you’ll be glad to hear the Tacoma location also will have its hallmark bulk department, with fresh-ground nut butters, grains, spices, oils, and more.

Plus, what would a neighborhood grocery store be without its local producers? Keep your eyes peeled for goods from Wild Hare Organic Farm, Rainbow Cloud Kombucha, Ice Cream Social, and more.

“Our new Tacoma store was built with a focus on community, and we’re so excited to open the doors to everyone,” said Central Co-op CEO Catherine Willis Cleveland. “As part of our commitment to strengthening the Washington economy, our buyers work for the Tacoma store specifically, and have stocked our shelves with many local favorites. We believe that growing these local relationships ensures that exciting and relevant products are available to our shoppers, and helps us support a robust economy of small businesses.”

To celebrate the opening, Central Co-op will have a week’s worth of festivities and discounts.


is an assistant editor at South Sound magazine. Email her.
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