Freshy’s Local Market will open in early February 2017

There soon will be a new option for fresh, local grocery items in Mercer Island. Freshy’s local market is expected to open in February. It will be located at street-level in The Hadley, a new apartment building one block south of Freshy’s Seafood Market, under the same ownership.

The new market will offer organic produce, dairy, fish, and meat that is all locally sourced. There also will be a local beer selection with eight rotating taps for growlers. Washington wines will be featured at the market as well.

The store is owned by Bryce Caldwell, who also owns Freshy’s Seafood Market.

“We are building on the runaway success that we’ve had at our original Freshy’s Seafood Market,” Caldwell said in a news release. “At the new Freshy’s Local Market, shoppers will have many more choices of fresh, locally-sourced, organic foods. Food will be traceable to its origin. One example is artisan cheeses from Golden Glen creamery in Bow, Washington. They raise the cows. They make the cheese. Another example is oysters from Willapa Bay and Deep Bay. Our staff will shuck and pack them on ice to enjoy at home.”

The market will source items from Grays Harbor, Skagit, Pierce, Pacific, Snohomish, and King counties. Meat and seafood will be almost entirely from western Washington.

The 2,500-square-foot store will have an interior that suggests a beach scene. There will be a stained floor and sand-colored trim that will remind shoppers of a day seaside.

So what does the new market mean for Freshy’s Seafood Market? Fresh seafood sales will transfer to the grocery store, and the seafood market will be rebranded to Freshy’s Seafood Shack. Its dining location will grow and the store will continue to serve lunch and dinner favorites.

The seafood market opened six years ago in the location of an old gas station. The bright blue storefront is a Mercer Island classic, offering fresh seafood for purchase as well as prepared take-home items. It went from two employees in 2008 up to 14 full-time employees.

Once open, you can visit the new market at 2601 76th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island.