New Seasons’ growth will profit an anti-LGBTQ, anti-worker investor, the Murdock Trust.

New Seasons treats workers unfairly and uses Trump-style tactics to suppress workers’ voices.

  • New Seasons’ employees have reported that the corporation treats them unfairly, punishing food handlers for staying home while sick, and firing workers for no cause.
  • New Seasons’ Mercer Island managers kicked out other grocery store workers just for talking to their employees.
  • New Seasons management in Portland has allegedly retaliated against, and even fired, workers who came together to advocate for improved working conditions, and recently hired an aggressive union-busting consultant (Cruz & Associates) whose previous clients include the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Oregonian article. 
  • New Seasons workers have filed complaints against the company for allegedly retaliating against workers for speaking up about working conditions. New Seasons even recently hired an aggressive union-busting consultant (Cruz & Associates) whose previous clients include the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas. Oregonian article. 

New Seasons is an expensive grocery store chain that will be unaffordable to the average Central District resident.

  • New Seasons charges customers more, up to 2x more than Safeway, for the same brands and products, according to a price comparison.
  • “We have employees who can’t afford to shop in our store, even with a discount… Products are overpriced,” a New Seasons employee told The Stranger.
  • Developer Lake Union Partners’ principal Patrick Foley has admitted that the community is opposed to a high-priced grocery store that the average resident cannot afford.

New Seasons stores tend to drive up rents and home prices in surrounding neighborhoods.

  • A New Seasons executive has admitted that the company likes to build new stores in gentrifying neighborhoods and that opening a New Seasons store drives rents and home prices even higher.
  • Central District resident Laurie Rosello-Torres, who works at the neighborhood’s LGBTQ Allyship center, expressed concerns that “we’re bringing in grocery stores that are higher end, that are not [carrying] accessible goods” in the midst of rapid displacement of residents of color.