We have instituted a “virtual line” system during especially busy hours to make sure there aren’t so many shoppers in the market that social distancing becomes virtually impossible. This is an imperfect solution, but it is helping.
- Please remember we’re only using this system when things are extremely busy – such as our senior shopping hours 9-11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Our advice is to get to the market and, if no employee is at the door, simply go inside! But if the market is using this system, here’s how it works – you don’t need an app, or a phone!
- Go to our website – www.central-market.com – on your smart phone (if you don’t have one, just talk to the employee at the door. They’ll get you in line.).
- Tap the Ballard Market “Get in Line” link – you’ll need to enter your name and phone number.
- If you have a phone, please wait in your car (this is about social distancing, after all!). If you have to remain near the entry, there are covered areas (or bring an umbrella!).
- You’ll get a text when it’s your turn – you’ll have about five minutes to get there.
- Wait times have been no more than 10-15 minutes.
The Little Store that Rocks
Ballard Market is known for many things — including its produce (fresh plentiful and as local as possible), bulk foods (everything from candy and nuts to flour and spices), sushi bar, food demos, beer & wine & spirits assortment, self-serve bars (like hot food and salad), a seating area (so you can eat all that food) – and a friendly staff.
Many of the employees have been there so long that they have forged lasting friendships with customers and their families.he Market was originally a Lucky Store, but when it opened as Ballard Market in March of 1986, it became the first Town & Country Markets store on the Seattle side of the watehe Market became famous in those early days for “Singles Night,” a way for single people in the community to meet in the grocery store.
It eventually fell victim to its own popularity when the fire department requested it be discontinued because of overcrowding (but not until at least one couple who met there were married, rumor has it). The goal was to transform the store into a community-focused market centered around the concept of fresh food.
Substantial remodeling doubled the size of the produce department, and a new massive red, white and blue awning stretched the entire length of the building announcing its new name as Ballard Market.
The company that made that awning claimed it was the biggest sign in Seattle at the time, and stories circulated about the awning being visible to airline pilots. The awning also featured the sailboat that was to become the company’s logo.
In 2003, a renovation project doubled the size of the produce department once again – and created a new entry to maximize natural light. The giant awning came down, replaced by the equally imposing series of four-foot-tall letters spelling out Ballard Market. In 2017, the market underwent another major remodel. We are honored to be a member of the Ballard community.
Electric Car Chargers
For those of you with electric cars, we have a wall-mounted Charge Point dual port unit (two cords) on the south side of the building off of 56th Street. This “Level 2” station has universal connectors. On average, a one-hour charge equates to 25 miles of driving. The cost is $0.10 per kWh.
The Chargers are fully networked, cloud based, with LED screen showing the charging status and payment processing. You can initiate charging with a Charge Point card, available when you sign up on their website, or through the smart phone app <http://www.chargepoint.com>. From that app, you can also find chargers on a map and see whether they are in use or not.