B-TOWN BIZ: Gluten-free store Start Fresh Market will be closing

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Start Fresh Market, located at the corner of SW 152nd Street and Ambaum Blvd. SW in Olde Burien, announced on its Facebook page Thursday (Oct. 30) that it will be closing.

It appears that they’re shutting the doors for good because they couldn’t afford the overhead of the space they were in at 816 SW 152nd Street.

“It’s with extreme sadness we are writing this,” they announced. “After exhausting every resource we could find, we are closing our doors. We are being candid, because quite honestly, you deserve it. We would love nothing more than to stay open here in Olde Burien and to stay in this building however, we can’t operate our business in a space that is falling apart. We have put our heart, soul and finances into trying to make this space operable but the time has come to bid adieu. So, it is with extreme gratitude that we thank our hard working staff, our community of customers, friends and fellow businesses for making our time here – personally rewarding. We don’t know how long we have, we hope you will come in and buy up all your favorite things and enjoy a last meal or two. We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you all!”

As we previously reported, Start Fresh Market opened less than a year ago, on Dec. 8, 2013, and sold gluten-free products.

Formerly, the space was home to Goodie Gumdrops, a toy store.

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11 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: Gluten-free store Start Fresh Market will be closing”
  1. BT & P says:

    This is the saddest news I’ve heard in a long time.

  2. Paul Grucza says:

    Hopefully they can find another more suitable location inside Burien …. there are some great spaces adjacent to City Hall for starters. Best of luck.

  3. Shari says:

    What a shame. I’m not even a vegetarian or a gluten-free person and I liked to shop there (delicious deli items and great wine selection…and very friendly folks). Terrible reason for the closure, too. I remember a few years ago in the B-Town Blog some local folks who run a set of successful and quasi-iconic small businesses in the Seattle area noted that they couldn’t find a good location to open in Burien, in part because the condition of the commercial retail spaces was overall really poor and landlords were not willing to invest in rehab/repair…yet the rents were as high as these folks paid for their spaces elsewhere around Seattle neighborhoods.

  4. andy says:

    Actually the restaurant/bakery opened in Oct last year not Dec 8. I work-ed there haha. To bad we didnt make it.. Burien has some good people..Anyone hiring cooks?

  5. Elizabeth says:

    Who owns this building? I’ve heard it is in bad condition and it looks like it is falling apart. A

  6. Loren says:

    I went in once. Didn’t go back. Probably should have given them another chance.

  7. Larry Johnson says:

    Unfortunate news about Start Fresh. Too bad that building upkeep was such a factor in the closing. I had always thought their relatively high prices might have hurt the business. The fact that most building owners in Burien are outside the city or state (I heard that Olde Burien building owner is in Canada) is one of the things that concerns me about Burien’s future. It is far too common a complaint that landlords want top rent but don’t want to put a dime into things like roof repair. Add Fresh Start to the sad list including Sal’s Deli, The House Restaurant, and others in the recent past who had to close their doors in part due to some greedy, cheep absentee landlord.who never sets foot in Burien unless absolutely necessary.

  8. Seriously People says:

    Seriously. This is a most excellent place but location is not great. The building needs to be worked on and painted. As a property owner, I am ashamed of other commercial property owners who do not maintain their buildings!

    I was just in another bakery on 152nd and the line was very long. There were only two guys who worked the counter and they did an excellent job of maintaining crowd control! Hurrah!

    Come on, owners. Please make your commercial property appeasing to those who rent from you. Help businesses thrive in Burien!

    More bakeries! More cafes!!

    Make Mine With Whipped Cream

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