Groceteria on Capitol Hill

Seattle's first self-service grocery chain, Groceteria, opened its Broadway store in the Summer of 1916 at 233 Broadway East, just south of Thomas. It served the neighborhood along with Capitol Hill and Renton Hill stores for a decade before Groceteria's surprising collapse. Listen to Rob Ketcherside’s interview with NPR 88.5 KNKX about Seattle’s Groceteria stores and the tragedy of Alvin Monson, from Saturday January 6. It repeats on air Monday January 8 at 7 PM. It started with retail innovation Prior to the 1930s creation of supermarkets, food in America was sold at specialty stores focused on individual product types: green grocer (fruits and vegetables), fish monger, butcher, baker, and

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