“If New Seasons wants to be welcomed in Seattle’s Central District, they need to respond to the community groups they’ve met with, including Washington CAN, by the deadline of November 16th. We need to get some answers on how they’ll respect the neighborhoods they move into, and a real commitment from them to put their corporate money and advocacy into affordable housing and minimizing displacement in the neighborhood. We gave them plenty of time to think about these issues, and we expect to hear back from them on our timeline.” -Xochitl Maykovich, Washington Community Action Network
A coalition of community groups met with New Seasons’ president in October to discuss concerns around the chain’s expansion into Seattle, especially ongoing plans to open a location at 23rd & Union. The coalition asked New Seasons’ corporate management to show they’re committed to respecting the neighborhood and making meaningful changes after New Seasons’ history of union-busting, a problematic sick leave and attendance policy for workers, and the chain’s deliberate targeting of gentrifying neighborhoods for development. The group gave New Seasons a roadmap for what real accountability would look like, and over a month to look at the proposal and respond. But the coalition hasn’t heard anything back yet.