If you’re a regular shopper at the QFC on Roosevelt Way, you’ve probably noticed that the shelves are getting a little thin. Sadly, this is all in preparation for the upcoming closure of the store on May 12.
The QFC building itself will be torn down and the lot will be used as a staging area for construction on Sound Transit’s Link Light Rail Roosevelt Station. The store was originally slated to close in January, but got an extension on its lease through May.
Sound Transit has said that the impact on traffic in the area due to construction will be minimal and limited to the streets surrounding the staging area.
Here’s a video from Sound Transit showing what the QFC site will look like once construction begins:
Also a casualty of the construction: Two large oak trees on the northeast corner of the lot. Neighbors fought to save the 60-year-old “Scarlet Twins” last year, but Sound Transit has said that there’s little confidence that any attempts to move something this big could be successful.
It hasn’t yet been decided what will go into the commercial space available above the transit station once it opens. Employees from the current store will be transferred to various QFC locations around Seattle. We wish all of the QFC employees the best of luck–thanks for serving the community over the years. We’ll miss you.