Express Market on 45th

Formerly "Express Market"

A few weeks back, we stopped in at Express Market, at the corner of 4th Ave NE and 45th across from Wine World, to see about some chocolate for Baby Z. The store seemed oddly bare, full of mostly empty shelves.

The counterman noticed our puzzlement and told us that they were expecting more stock soon, “one way or the other”. We pressed him for details, casually dropping the name of the stores (and building’s) owner, Bob, who we knew from when he owned and operated the Easy Street Tavern (now Kate’s Pub).

Nothing doing, mum’s the word, all we were able to get was that they were, indeed, low on provisions, but that, “one way or the other”, they’d be restocked soon.

Well, it looks like it will be “the other”. Margaret spied the “New Market Coming Soon!” sign in the window other day. No permits on file just yet, but we’ll keep you posted. This is the same building that houses Slave to the Needle, Milano Pizza, and a bullet lodged between the two businesses.

You may also remember, the “mural” that had been painted on the 4th avenue side that caused a little commotion last April.

  1. Peter said,

    New name as well:

    Notification Date: 6/6/2011
    Current Business Name: EXPRESS MARKET
    New Business Name: BOB’S 45TH ST MARKET
    Business Location: 401 NE 45TH ST, SEATTLE, WA 98105-6135
    New Applicant(s): JARVIS, ROBERT C
    Liquor License Type: GROCERY STORE – BEER/WINE
    Application Type: ASSUMPTION
    License Number: 081023

    Wed, June 8 at 7:45 am
  2. Margaret said,

    Ah! Thank you!

    Wed, June 8 at 9:15 am
  3. Lisa said,

    I wonder if this market will be selling that high octane fortified alcohol crap. Oh, wait, maybe that would be a good thing and then they could import some of the street drunks down from 50th that frequent the 50th Street Market and the 7-11 and give us a break! Here’s hopin’ ….

    Wed, June 8 at 5:45 pm
  4. kolokolo said,

    Ok, look! It is a new business. No reason to get snarky about it before it even opens.
    A person is investing money into a neighborhood. No need to highlight the bullet and rag about the octane fule alcohol.

    It is a new business which will develop with good business and neighbor hood needs. Maybe the new owner will have a stake in other business in the community or donate time to law enforcement or community pursuits. It is likely that he/she have researched the area and understand history and have an idea which will work well.

    Wed, June 8 at 7:04 pm
  5. DOUG. said,

    Actually that store has not been able to sell “high octane fortified alcohol crap” for several years. It’s in the University District Alcohol Impact Area, which extends to Latona Avenue (map here).

    Wed, June 8 at 9:43 pm
  6. iyqtoo said,

    How cool would it be if the new Bob’s 45th Street Market turned out to be a greengrocer?! Unlikely, I realize, but whatever his business model, we’re glad to have it in this corner of the ‘hood and are eager to patronize the store.

    Thu, June 9 at 9:11 am
  7. Paul B said,

    Haven’t seen anything posted on this blog yet about what’s in this location now. It appears that Slave to the Needle has expanded into the space formerly occupied by the Express Market.

    Mon, September 12 at 3:37 pm
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