Sequim’s Grocery Outlet will close later this month after 10-plus years in the city.
Company representatives posted on the business’ Facebook page on Dec. 28 that its last day of sales will be Jan. 15.
A store-wide clearance sale has continued since the announcement at the discount grocery store in the Sequim Village Marketplace as more reports come out globally about rising food prices.
“We have enjoyed all the community support and our loyal customers,” the Facebook announcement stated. “Our team thanks you for all your shopping.”
The post encouraged customers to visit the Port Angeles Grocery Outlet at 2823 E. U.S. Highway 101 in Port Angeles, which opened in the spring.
Local representatives could not be reached for comment.
Kyle Noble, director of regional marketing for Grocery Outlet, confirmed the store is closing on Jan. 15, and “as of now, there are no plans for another location in Sequim in the immediate future.”
“We want to extend our deepest thanks to the store Operator Douglas Everett and to the close-knit Sequim community for their support over the last 11 years,” he said. “We encourage our shoppers to check out our other local Grocery Outlet locations, including Port Angeles.”
Grocery Outlet hosts more than 400 locations in six states, with ownership held by independent operators.
Both Grocery Outlet, 1045 W. Washington St., and Ross Dress For Less, 1055 W. Washington St., opened in Sequim in 2011.
Jenny Gage, vice president/asset manager for Washington Capital Management, Inc. that oversees most of Sequim Village Marketplace, said the marketplace is owned by a pension fund and her company is the investment advisor for the fund.
First Western represents the fund for leasing properties, Gage said.
In a previous interview, Gage said Washington Capital builds and leases the pads but Costco, First Federal and Home Depot’s locations are not owned by the fund. Sequim’s Grocery Outlet is under a corporate lease and Gage said they do not disclose franchisee information publicly along with other specifics, such as rent.
Gage said her company is talking to several other potential tenants but would not name them.
She did confirm that Ulta Beauty, the largest beauty retailer in the U.S., tentatively plans to reopen later this year.
The Sequim Ulta store, at 1065 W. Washington St., opened in May 2018. It was the first national retailer in Sequim to close in 2020 during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. GameStop also closed in Sequim in 2020, and JCPenney in 2021.
For more about Grocery Outlet, visit GroceryOutlet.com.