Mike Pedersen, named director of Central Market Mill Creek in 2018, is a third-generation grocery guy. He grew up in Ferndale, and his grandfather owned a small grocery in Bellingham.
“Among my earliest memories are my grandpa’s hands and his pants, those green pants like gas station attendants wear. He’d always have candy in his pockets. You’d stare at his hands to see if he was going to give you candy,” Mike laughed.
Pedersen, 52, has worked for Town & Country Markets since 2006. He spent his first seven years as the merchandiser for Central Markets in Shoreline and Mill Creek before serving as director at Ballard Market for five years.
“I loved the Ballard neighborhood. It’s got a really unique personality and seeing a lot of growth. But I’ve never lost my love for the rhythm and pace of a place like Mill Creek. It reminds me of where I grew up,” Mike said.
When Pedersen originally left our market in Mill Creek, it was the first time since that store opened in 2004 that it had been without a Pedersen. Mike’s father, Al, left Greenwood Market (now closed) to serve as Mill Creek’s office manager when it opened. He retired in 2013.
Mike’s brother, Rick, has served as the director of Town & Country Market Bainbridge Island since 2006.
Working with Mike to operate Central Market Mill Creek are Market Managers Patty Nolan and Dave Valeson.
Mike came to T&C from Trader Joe’s where he worked about four and a half years as a merchant. Before that, he owned two Red Apple Markets – in Newport Hills on the East Side, and Normandy Park, between Burien and Des Moines.
Mike’s grocery career also includes one and a half years in Taiwan as a grocery store consultant, an opportunity that came to him via what was then Associated Grocers; and about eight years as assistant store director for Metropolitan Markets stores on Admiral Way and the now-closed Queen Anne store.
Both Mike and Town & Country Markets CEO Bill Weymer worked for Consumer’s Choice, which was purchased by Brown & Cole, in Bellingham. Mike worked at the company’s Fairhaven store as wine steward, front-end manager, grocery manager and closing PIC (Person In Charge) – all at the same time. Before that, he worked with his father in Chelan where they owned a Red Apple store.
Mike served in the US Air Force from 1986 to 1990, stationed primarily in California.
Mike and his wife, Wendy, were married in 2000. They have a son who was born in 2002, and a daughter, born in 2004. Wendy is a real estate agent at Keller-Williams in Bothell.