B-TOWN BIZ: Normandy Park Store ‘Benson’s Best Bites’ Bites The Dust

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Benson's Best Bites has closed.

Benson’s Best Bites, a specialty food store located in Normandy Park’s Manhattan Village shopping complex (near QFC), has closed.

Open since October 2008, and owned by Ezra and Loie Benson, the closing was unannounced, as far as we know.

A sign taped to the window reads:

Dear Customers:

Thank you! You have been the best part of our business! You are genuinely nice people whose friendship we value. We will miss you!

We’re sorry that we’re not able to continue with our little business.

Have a great summer! We hope to see you around the neighborhood.

Thanks again!
Ezra & Loie Benson

We called the number listed on their website, but it appears to have been disconnected.

Benson’s featured specialty cheeses, fresh baked breads, donuts, pastries and home-style soups along with Saturday specialties of garlic fries, big shrimp, corn dogs and crepes and more.

At one time, they were an Advertiser on the blog as well; here’s some info from their Blogvertorial:

The Benson family’s long-standing fascination with world foods combined with Ezra’s retail history (he managed the advertising and printing for Benson’s Fashions in Des Moines for 35 years) inspired them to open Best Bites in October 2008.

Ezra & Loie are better known for their unique honor-system, treasure-chest business, Boundary Pass Trader’s NW, which they have operated for 15 summers on Stuart Island, a remote island in the San Juan Islands.

According to an email we received from Alan McGuire, Co Owner of BTB Advertiser Lavina Mays, which is located across the street:

Normandy Park is losing businesses like crazy.

Abruzzi’s Pizza, A Perfect Party and now Benson’s.

People need to support their local businesses or they will be gone!

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8 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: Normandy Park Store ‘Benson’s Best Bites’ Bites The Dust”
  1. Deana says:

    Sounds like a good place to eat, I’m sorry I didn’t even know about them!

  2. karendrew says:

    Did you watch the “Extreme Couponing” show they should have featured “Printapons” which I use and print coupons from online

  3. Christine says:

    My husband and I support our local businesses but some of the closings of late have little to do with our community not supporting the businesses.

    Benson’s Bites was tucked away in a no traffic part of the shopping center. Unless you knew to look for them, it is unlikely you would ever know they were there.

    A Perfect Party opened after Party City had already failed in a better location just down the street.

    Abruzzi’s Pizza had no consistent hours we could figure out. My husband and I stopped by several times to eat there and they were closed when the hours on the door said they should be open.

    There are many local businesses that are thriving. New businesses need to look at those businesses for clues to future success. Elliott Bay, The Tin Room, 909, Starbucks etc. all seem to be doing very well….they have good locations, good advertising and good hours….and of course products people want to buy.

  4. Mike Bishoff says:

    This is very sad news. Benson Bites was a great shop and brought a certain elegance in contrast to the usual fast food available down the street. While I agree that business in Normandy Park could do a better job advertising their products and services, I also believe it’s incumbent on the local community to go out of their way to make sure we’re supporting our local businesses. While the QFC and Starbucks may be doing fine, there are many signs of struggling businesses in Normandy Park. The party stores, the old drugstore, the earily quiet Normandy Park Plaza, the Dairy Queen and more. Please consider stopping in instead of driving out of your way for a bit of savings. Dunn Lumber is a great example of a company that super-supports our Community. Let’s give them and all the other businesses a boost by shopping locally.

  5. Eaton B. Verz says:

    Abruzzi pizza shot themselves in the foot. The quality of the food was dependent on who was making the pies. The last couple times I was there you could tell that the young lady’s heart was not in it and it showed in the quality. It became not worth the risk. Veronas is way better ALL the time.

  6. stacy colombel says:

    It was a delightful deli. Hope they can open up somewhere else where the owner of all those buildings doesn’t raise the rent to exorbitant rates ( to make more money)-
    I suspect that is what happened as the owners of Benson Bites worked very hard- and they did advertise themsleves.

  7. Haley says:

    favorite place to eat with friends D`:
    i went there every friday or saturday

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