Mike Pedersen, named director of Ballard Market in June of 2013, is a third-generation grocery guy.
Pedersen, 48, has worked for Town & Country Markets since 2006, and spent his first five and a half years as the Merchandiser at Central Market Shoreline and a year and a half in that same role in the Mill Creek Central Market.
When Pedersen left our Mill Creek store, 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 to serve as Mill Creek’s office manager when it opened. He just retired this year.
Mike’s brother, Rick, has served as the Store Director for Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island since 2006.
Mike 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.
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 includes 1.5 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 – 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.
Mike was anxious to get to Ballard shortly after being named director.
“I’m just real excited to get over there and get to work, and get to know everybody,” Mike said. “We’ll be building on the success the store’s already had, and I’ll be getting to know the community.”