“New Seasons: We’ve asked you to commit to respecting the neighborhood’s residents and history…”

Jill Mangaliman
Jill Mangaliman

“New Seasons Market: If you want to be welcomed in the Central District, we’ve asked you to commit to respecting the neighborhood’s residents and history by providing staple items at affordable prices, participating in the Fresh Bucks program, and adopting restorative justice practices so you’re not profiling or harassing neighborhood residents in the store. The deadline is November 16th. We want real answers.” Jill Mangaliman, Got Green

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.