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 treats workers unfairly and hires union busting consultants who 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 retaliated against workers for forming a union, 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 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.

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