Fork Dork: Bellevue's Your Local Market and Walmart Tell a Tale of Two Markets

Walmart's move to Bellevue could change how locals shop.

News that Your Local Market is closing temporarily coincided with the . A second Walmart is slated to open in the Market Place at Factoria, also in Bellevue, before the end of the year.

The contrast of a local grocery store closing temporarily while a multinational publicly traded mega-giant expands its empire of about 9,000 stores worldwide with domestic sales of over a quarter of a trillion dollars is stark.

Walmart has been accused of predatory pricing, selling products at deep discounts to drive competitors out of business. Critics contend that as Walmarts move into the city the local family owned small businesses collapse under the pressure of predatory pricing. In this case, you can’t blame Walmart for the woes of .

Walmart has also been criticized for poor employee satisfaction stemming from low wages, mediocre health benefits, a poor working environment and anti-union policies. About 70 percent of employees leave within the first year of employment, according to the PBS documentary “Store Wars.”

Two stores in Bellevue may be only the beginning for Walmart. The highly capitalized Walmart will likely thrive and even continue to grow while local stores such as Your Local Market struggle or, perhaps, close.

Walmart’s ambitions in Bellevue versus Your Local Market’s struggles is a reminder of consumer activism. Well-intended advocates, maybe you or your neighbor, encourage consumers to shop at stores that share your values, often at a premium.

In the end, most consumers shop for convenience and Walmart continues to thrive. Enough consumers will shop at cheaper stores, one-stop shops, stores with ample parking, conveniently located stores or other factors that appeal to our lazy side.

In response to towards the grocery store in Bellevue that opened last fall. Readers, however, unanimously agreed that the concept of a locally-owned market featuring organic goods was a great concept. If it is such a great concept why is the business struggling?

Apparently, there aren’t enough consumer activists or consumer activism is not enough.  

The Arbour will transform into Hedge & Vine

In the meantime, in Old Bellevue is closing on Saturday, June 30 and moving to Seattle by the end of the summer. The Arbour is discounting its inventory until they close. The Arbour makes way for Hedge & Vine, a home décor store that will be serving wine to shoppers.

The Arbour will reopen as Two Kellys in an undetermined location in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood where they will focus on interior design consulting and less on gift sales, according to Jen Kelly, one of the partners at The Arbour. Kelly and her mother and business partner Patti Kelly expect to open their new location by September 1. Check Bellevue Patch and Two Kellys blog for updates on their new store.

“We’ve outgrown this space,” Jen Kelly said. “The biggest part of our business has not been gifts for a long time. It’s very time consuming.

“We want to keep a storefront because we like hunting for special items. There’s a huge market for specialty items.”

Stores and restaurants notoriously often open later than expected. The owners of the new Hedge & Vine, Bellevue’s Stephanie and Andrew Hogenson, will commence the redesign of the new store immediately. The new store will be outfitted with a dishwasher to service wine tastings and special events, according to Ryan Olson, Wallace Properties vice president.  

“There will be some updating and it doesn’t require a build-out,” Olson said.

According to Washington State Liquor Control Board records, the Hogensons have applied for a license to sell beer and wine at Hedge & Vine.

madmilker June 28, 2012 at 09:21 PM
well, lets give you something to read.... Wal*Mart puts less than 5% foreign in all their stores in China. Wal*Mart made a port deal in Mexico. Wal*Mart hired an experienced lobbyist, field organizer and media relations strategist that came from a major PR firm that faked blogs for their client Wal*Mart. Wal*Mart hired a Russian that is said to have had "irretrievably soured relations" with First Deputy Prime Minister Viktor Zubkov and his team, and with most influential United Russia members back in 2009. Did you know 1975 was the last year America had a trade surplus. Did you know Sam Walton was in Seoul that year. Did you also know Jimmy Hoffa disappeared that year.
madmilker June 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Now, America has a 6 to 1 trade deficit with China. After reading the paragraph in quotations below.....DO THE MATH. ["Now let us look at Wal-Mart again; you buy a product there, 6% goes to the employees, 10-18% is profit to the company, 25% goes to other costs and 50% goes to re-stock or the cost of goods sold. Of the 50% about 20-25% goes to China, a guess, but you get the point. Now then, how long will it take at 433 Billion dollars at year for China to have all of our money, leaving no money flow for us to circulate? At a 17 Trillion dollar economy less than 40-years minus the 1/6 they buy from us. Some say that if we keep putting money into our economy, it would take forever, but if we do not then eventually all the money flow will go. If China buys our debt then eventually they own us, no need to worry about a war, they are buying America, due in part to our own mismanaged trade, so whose fault is that? Not necessarily China, as they are doing what's in the best interests, and we should make sure that trade is not only free, but fair too."] http://www.worldthinktank.net/pdfs/TheFlowofTrade.pdf Retail makes NOTHING....it only moves a countries currency....
madmilker June 28, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Just who's side is Wal*Mart on.....? they shove foreign made down the throats of Americans and those dollars goes to foreigners and at the same time they put less than 5% foreign in all their stores in China which keeps workers working and the Chinese currency floating around China. STOP THINKING CHEAP IS THE ANSWER....cheaper items only breed cheaper wages. Currency of a country is the fuel for that country to make stuff and once all the currency leaves that country the only thing left is Retail that makes NOTHING and the Government having to make MORE AND MORE DEBT by selling bonds in order to get some of the currency back into the country.
madmilker June 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
WAKE UP BEFORE IT'S TO LATE. Support what your country makes and if you can't find what you are looking for keep your currency in your pocket book and purse cause it's better to have it there than in the hands of a foreigner. It will only be a short time later you will see Corporate America making what you want in these fifty states OR they will not have any fuel(currency) to make a dang thing anyway. Made In America made this union great not something foreign. Good day and God Bless
madmilker June 28, 2012 at 09:29 PM
psst! and before this O'fart signs off and goes back out into La La Land which is out amongst clouds in never ever land of nerds and surfers.... Ask those folks down in Mississippi about the 5 and Dime from the Ozarks. http://msbusiness.com/2002/07/buddy8217s-jeans-are-bucking-trends/ Jane may tell you something you may not know.


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