Supermarket Sweep

Cause you gotta eat

Every city has a grocery store, but we are so fortunate in Tacoma to not only have an abundance of availability but also a diverse variety of providers and purveyors with many focused on local and sustainable sourcing and unique offerings from an in-house smokehouse to a signature cookie. So which will be your new go-to?

Central Co-op of Tacoma
4502 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
(253) 888-4288
Owned by their shoppers and workers, Central Co-op is dedicated to high-quality products, sustainable practices, and building community and relationships with Washington farmers and artisans. Since 1978 Central Co-op has specialized in providing fresh, organic, bulk, and local foods and supplements for shoppers. We especially love the bulk coffee beans featuring many local roasteries. For $100, anyone can join their equity membership for life and enjoy discounts and ownership benefits.

2219 S. 37th St., Tacoma
(253) 475-5595
If bulk shopping is a way of life for you and your family, the Tacoma Costco has you covered. Yes, there is a membership fee, but we love that this Washington-grown brand treats its employees so well and has so many offerings beyond groceries. Among the many perks of membership at this location are the best gas prices in town, savings on everything from PCs to paddleboards, and you'll be hard-pressed to find a friendlier pharmacy staff around. If you're a new resident looking for an authentic taste of the region head to the refrigerated foods section for the bulk poke bowls and local favorite Ellenos yogurt, which are not found in many parts of the U.S. 

Dave’s Meat and Produce
1312 N. I St., Tacoma
(253) 280-9999

This small, family-owned market focuses on high-quality and hard-to-find meats, plus a  range of prepared foods and fresh produce. A throwback to the old-school, mid-century means of putting food on the table, Dave's is the place to build that kind of personal relationship that is missing in most modern markets.

Fred Meyer
4505 S. 19th St., Tacoma
(253) 756-9280
6901 S. 19th St., Tacoma
(253) 564-7477
7250 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
(253) 475-6040
6305 Bridgeport Way W., University Place
(253) 460-4000
A superstore born in the Pacific Northwest, Fred Meyer has everything you could need in a grocery store and then some, with a vast array of home goods and furnishings. Some locations have full-service banking, in-house fine jewelry departments, and clothing departments. The South 19th Street and Pacific Avenue locations also have affiliated gas stations for when you are looking to check off all your errands.

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market
3510 S. 56th St., Tacoma
(253) 830-5141
6425 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
(253) 565-2441

Grocery Outlet is the nation’s largest extreme value grocery store where you can save 40-70% off name-brand groceries every day without club cards or coupons. With locations in both North and South Tacoma, it's easy to swing by Grocery Outlet. 

Harbor Greens
2620 Bridgeport Way W., University Place
(253) 460-2901
Harbor Greens offers an array of organic products and produce, an in-house label of jams and salsas, as well as all-natural meats from their butcher shop. They also have a fresh seafood department and full-service deli, and a thoughtful selection of regional wines and gifts from the Northwest and beyond. Don't sleep on the fresh, made-to-order sandwiches, and grab a take-and-bake pizza while you're at it. 

Marlene’s Market and Deli Natural Foods
2951 S. 38th St., Tacoma
(253) 472-4080
Marlene's Market and Deli is a family-owned-and-operated natural-food store with specialty food options even the most selective eater will find satisfying. What really sets Marlene's apart ... the wellness and cooking classes! Learn to make vegan cheesecake, lactofermentation with hot sauces, or about herb gardening in containers, and you can reserve your spot online at

Metropolitan Market
2420 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
(253) 761-3663
But have you ever wanted to post photos of the produce aisle on your Insta? Now you will; it's just that beautiful. Experience the Pacific Northwest's favorite grocery store with organic, natural, and locally sourced food. Met Market has departments for everything – a gorgeous bakery with fresh coffee and gelato service, a butcher shop, a full service floral, housewares, seafood, perfectly displayed produce, wine and liquor, and an incredible assortment of prepared foods – Met Market is your one-stop neighborhood market. And, of course, we must mention The Cookie. If you know, you know (and if you didn't, now you do) about our go-to treat for any time we have guests coming to stay ... or for ourselves any time we want.

Pal-Do World Market
9701 S. Tacoma Way, Lakewood
If you are a lover of Asian cuisine and groceries, this is your place. This spacious Korean grocer has everything from fresh produce — the staples and plenty of unique offerings — meat and fresh fish to rice cookers and DELICIOUS sushi at their food court. While it's a Korean store, you'll find all the Japanese and Chinese products you're looking for, too. There is no better place to stock up on rice (literally, so much rice) or any kind of Asian noodle you can imagine. The spices, oils, and frozen desserts alone are worth the trip.

07 S. 56th St., Tacoma
(253) 471-3477
2411 N. Proctor St., Tacoma
(253) 752-5570
2637 N. Pearl St., Tacoma
(253) 759-9251
3842 Bridgeport Way W., University Place
(253) 565-6215

You're never far from a Safeway here with seven locations here in Tacoma. Visit your neighborhood Safeway for a convenient and friendly grocery experience! From their bakery and deli to fresh produce and helpful pharmacy staff, they’ve got you covered! We especially like to grab in-store Starbucks as we dive into our list and some locations offer electric vehicle charging stations, to fuel both you and your vehicle.

Stadium Thriftway
618 N. First St., Tacoma
(253) 627-8275
Downtown Tacoma's full-service grocery store provides the freshest and finest quality foods both locally and from around the world! Locally owned and part of the community since 1985, this recently renovated one-stop-shop has everything you need all convenient to downtown. Make sure you check out their smokehouse for a wide variety of in-house smoked meats.

Tacoma Boys
5602 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
(253) 756-0902
Come for the super-fresh seafood, stay for the unbeatable deal on garden planters. Tacoma Boys is your local specialty market committed to sourcing products from the highest quality source. They have a goal to serve the community the best selection of real food, ranging from handpicked produce to thoughtfully curated meats and cheeses. From local fare to ingredients found around the world, Tacoma Boys has it. We especially love their spice and treats selection.

Trader Joe’s 
3800 Bridgeport Way W., University Place
(253) 460-2672
To know Trader Joe's is to love Trader Joe's. Raise your hand if you, too, are always on the hunt for their new releases! Trader Joe's at University Place has all the products you came for, as well as plenty of surprises along the way. New residents familiar with other regions of TJ's might be especially excited about the fresh Christmas wreaths and garland at the holidays or the store-label liquor that you can't get in many states.

Whole Foods
3515 Bridgeport Way W., University Place
(253) 534-4500
Whole Foods is long synonymous with fresh, organic, and, well, whole foods. The local location at Chambers Bay is no exception. Standouts at this store are plenty of parking in the underground garage and surface-level lot, the juice bar open 8 to 8 daily, and can you ever eat enough sushi in the PNW? We didn't think so.

WinCo Foods
1913 S. 72nd St., Tacoma
(253) 830-3005
This employee-owned supermarket is open 24/7 and offers discounted groceries and an extensive bulk foods section (don't forget your reusable containers), plus a deli and bakery. And good news for WinCo fans, as another WinCo location is on the horizon on Sixth Avenue. Be advised, if you're a first-timer, WinCo does not take credit cards, but debit cards are accepted.