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Metropolitan Market is the trusted local source for finding top quality products and unique specialty items in an exciting neighborhood marketplace.

Behind the scenes: the home-grown grocery taking the Northwest by storm

Metropolitan Market started in 1971 with a single location in Seattle and a simple premise: they would bring the best foods from around the Pacific Northwest – and the rest of the world – to one bustling neighborhood market.

Since then Metropolitan Market has steadily grown and now, there are seven locations, including the recently opened Sammamish store. Here are a few fun behind-the-scenes facts about this neighborhood favorite that’s quickly gaining popularity far beyond the neighborhood.

They’re cheesy

Not like dad jokes – like really into cheese. In addition to offering a fabulous selection of cheeses including Point Reyes Bay Blue, Ferndale Farmstead Asiago and their own in-house fresh stretched mozzarella, the cheesemongers of the Metropolitan Market have a little something extra going on.

In a couple weeks, a handful of them will travel to take the American Cheese Society Certification Exam. The exam will test their knowledge of cheese history, cheese chemistry, safe handling, smart pairings and other cheesy expertise.

To even take the exam, you need 4,000 hours experience within the cheese industry (no, eating Cheetos while binging on Netflix does NOT count) and there are only around 500 certified experts in the whole world. If the tests go well, Metropolitan Market will have several on staff.

They’re serious about bagging

Baggers from Metropolitan Market have an impressive record when it comes to nationwide competitions that evaluate speed, bag-building technique, weight distribution across bags and personality.

Metropolitan Market has represented Washington well over the years, including two national titles from Andrew Borracchini (2013) and Candice Lastimado (2016). Earlier this year, Talia Randle of Metropolitan Market’s Magnolia location competed at the national stage in Las Vegas. If you’re rushing to get your groceries, know that the pros at Metropolitan Market can get you out the door in, literally, a record-breaking amount of time.

They’re pretty cosmopolitan

Metropolitan Market’s relationships with local producers are special, but their sourcing experts don’t confine themselves to the Pacific Northwest. They travel the world to find the best of everything, then bring it back home for their customers to enjoy.

Because of this, their store-brand items are hard to beat – their olive oil is from Crete and their balsamic vinegar from Italy. They also stock a great selection of worldly wines and beers – over 1,200!

They pursue their love for food outside of their stores

It isn’t only the sourcing experts who travel at Metropolitan Market – the Produce teams often visit local farms to learn the ins and outs of the produce they stock. By seeing where their fruits, veggies and herbs come from, the produce teams at Metropolitan Market learn how they’re grown and what makes them special so they can help customers find the best products for their needs.

This level of participation carries across various departmental teams – the Deli team recently made their own charcuterie off site, and the Culinary Artists went to nearby Fran’s Chocolates for a tour.

They’re really involved with the community

Given their local roots, it isn’t surprising that Metropolitan Market is deeply committed to community involvement. Still, the extent of their positive impact is impressive given their small size.

In 2016 alone, Metropolitan Market provided more than half a million meals for locals in need. This year, they partnered with the Sammamish Community YMCA, becoming the organization’s largest local business contributor.

You can shop online

Metropolitan Market recently announced that its customers can shop online using Instacart, a simple, user-friendly and outrageously convenient interface. You can shop, order and get your groceries delivered within two hours of your purchase, then go on about your day.

Metropolitan Market is the trusted local source for finding top quality products and unique specialty items in an exciting neighborhood marketplace. Each location is the ideal place to discover, create and share one of life's greatest gifts: delicious food. To learn more and explore some of their other great offerings, visit metropolitan-market.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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