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Capitol Hill Diner Icon Glo’s Plans Move to a Larger New Location in 2022
One greasy spoon favorite will be on the move soon, with ambitious plans. As Capitol Hill Seattle reported, Glo’s — which has been a breakfast beacon on E Olive Way for 34 years — will take up residence at the Capitol Hill Light Rail station’s new residential and retail development in 2022. According to the blog, the new location will be more than triple the size of the original spot, with a deck overlooking Cal Anderson park. On the menu side, diners can expect expanded espresso offerings and a whole bunch of new brunch-friendly cocktails. The Capitol Hill Station development is still in the works (with an H Mart likely coming this fall), but Glo’s hopes to have everything ready for its new home by next June, if all goes well. In the meantime, the restaurant will remain open at its current location, and has recently joined the ranks of Seattle businesses requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for entry.
PCC Community Markets CEO Steps Down After Nine Months
On August 7, PCC Community Markets CEO Suzy Monford announced that she will be stepping down from her role after nine turbulent months. Monford had come under fire earlier this year after she aggressively pushed back against Seattle’s hazard pay law for grocery store workers, contending that the new bill would unfairly hurt the co-op’s business. She then backtracked and offered a $4 per hour pay boost to all of PCC’s nearly 1,500 union represented staff. But the ill will lingered during a contentious co-op board election, when the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21 union accused PCC management of calling the cops on employees during signature gathering efforts for two worker-backed candidates (PCC denied this, but also vocally backed two executive incumbents). Monford then pushed back the planned opening of its new downtown location in Rainier Tower more than a year, citing factors such as trouble hiring workers, additional hazard pay, and the lack of foot traffic in the area. Retired REI executive Brad Brown will take over Monford’s position until a more permanent replacement is found.
Amazon Fresh to Open Massive New Central District Store on Thursday
Speaking of grocery news, Central District’s 35,000 square foot Amazon Fresh store is opening at 2301 S. Jackson Street on Thursday, August 12. This is the second Amazon Fresh store in the region, following one in Bellevue that debuted in June. Like the Amazon Go grocery stores, there are some technological bells and whistles, most notably the “Amazon Dash Cart” outfitted with sensors to automatically charge customers for whatever they put in their carriage, although there will be human cashiers as well. Unlike Amazon Go Grocery and the Amazon Fresh in Bellevue, this outpost will not have the “Just Walk Out” feature where overhead cameras help record what shoppers put in their cart. Both the Dash Cart and “Just Walk Out” features speed up checkout via slightly different methods; each can link up to customers’ Amazon accounts via QR codes. The company aims to assuage anyone weirded out by the monitoring and data gathering aspects of the tech on its FAQ page, saying, “We take data security and privacy seriously, and any sensitive data is treated in accordance with our long-standing policies.”