Ballard Market – open 24 hours a day – is known for many things — but especially for its produce, bulk foods, salad bar, beer & wine assortment – and friendly staff. Many of the employees have been there so long that they have forged lasting friendships with customers and their families.
And the Deli, of course, with its hot case of ready-to-eat food, is open 11 am to 8 pm seven days a week.
The 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 water.
The Market became famous in those early days for “Singles Night,” a way for single people in the community to meet right there 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. We are honored to be a member of the Ballard community – 24 hours a day!