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Metropolitan Market in Dash Point is a 'perfect match'

Mirror staff

Metropolitan Market will open its fifth and largest store to date at Dash Point Village Shopping Center next Wednesday.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. to 33,000 square feet of what its owners call an upscale supermarket –– and one that’s well-suited to the area.

“Dash Point and its surrounding communities are a perfect match for our high quality and service format,” said Terry Halverson, president of Metropolitan Market.

He said Metropolitan Market’s features include “more local, imported and natural food products.”

Company officials said they researched the needs of the Federal Way-area community and factored them into the store’s offerings: A full-service delicatessen, a bakery with artisan breads and fresh-baked pastries, a seafood section, farm-fresh and organic produce, a meat counter with natural and aged meats, a large wine selection with on-site expertise, and full-service floral and housewares departments.

The store occupies space that previously was filled by Johnny’s and QFC stores. It was vacant since the late 1990s.

Metropolitan Market broke ground on the site in October 2002 and completely overhauled it. The space previously was 18,000 square feet.

The remodeled masonry building features a tower with skylights and colored concrete flooring.

“We were challenged on this project to demolish the existing building and construct the new one between two occupied buildings,” said Wendy Newman, project manager for J.R. Abbott Construction Inc., the Seattle-based general contractor.

Approximately 25 employees for the new store were promoted or transferred within the company, officials said. Another 115 full-time and part-time workers who are new hires will round out the 140-person staff.

Store manager Darryl Pittman and assistant store director Jeff Baskett are area residents and understand the nearby communities, officials said.

Halverson, who hand-picked the store’s colors –– warm sienna, amber and golden olive –– likens the feel and look to the Proctor (Tacoma) Metropolitan Market. But he said the Dashh Point store differs in its storefront exterior, a showcased delicatessen and its “best yet” kiosk chef demonstration area. The latter is equipped with Thermador appliances.

Spotlights, chalk-illustrated signs and boutique merchandising and displays enhance the store’s sophistication, he said.

Jaso Ludviksen Inc. of Seattle and Mulvanny G2 of Bellevue led the store’s architecture and design work.

The Dash Point debut follows the November 2003 opening of a Metropolitan Market in Sand Point.

In addition to the two newest stores and the Tacoma location, Metropolitan Markets operate in Seattle in the Queen Anne and Admiral areas.

Metropolitan Market has been in business since 1971. Halverson said the stores emphasize “attentive and friendly service, excellent products and a warm, welcoming environment.”

On-line information is available at www.metropolitan-market.com.

Metropolitan Market is the latest step in a revival of the 16-tenant Dash Point Village Shopping Center. The center’s redevelopment has benefitted from a facelifted facade and aggressive leasing. A Starbucks, a Subway restaurant and an Ace Hardware store are among other tenan

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