Market-ing Art

Tacoma City Grocer IGA
1250 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

While most shoppers search grocery store aisles for milk, bread and eggs, the new downtown Tacoma City Grocer IGA adds original artwork to your grocery list.

Because store owner Tyler Myers and his team knew the arts were at the heart of Tacoma’s city center, a gallery was an important part of the initial planning for the store. “We knew it would be a great fit for the downtown Tacoma arts community. Every month we feature a local artist in our gallery located at the front end of the store,” said Myers.

The Tacoma City Grocer IGA has also just enrolled in the Tacoma Art Bus, a program for the city’s Third Thursday of the month art gallery tours.

In addition to showcasing local artists, the grocery store does not disappoint those in search of fresh, local or gourmet food. Shoppers will delight in the store’s huge produce department with lots of hard-to-find items, a great deli, an extensive wine collection, excellent cheese selections, gourmet deli meats, espresso, freshly baked pastries and donuts made in-house, and delicious breads from locally sourced bakeries.

The store offers a wide variety of products for working, living and playing in downtown Tacoma, which typically is not an area populated with full-size supermarkets.

“Downtown Tacoma is our second downtown urban location, following the Kress IGA Supermarket in downtown Seattle at 3rd and Pike,” said Myers. “We like these locations because they often serve a market that has become known as a ‘food desert’—an area where finding a grocery store has traditionally been difficult.”

“As more people have been looking to the inner city as a place to work, live and shop, we have tried to be an early participant in helping to grow these new urban neighborhoods.”