Metropolitan Market, affectionately referred to by patrons as Met Market, is a gourmet grocer in the Greater Seattle Area offering hand-selected food items from around the world, with a focus on local flavors, brands, and suppliers. Met Market was founded on a culture of curiosity and respect for quality with a food-forward approach that has defined their philosophy since the beginning. Store shelves are stocked with unique treasures right beside the everyday essentials you’d expect to find in a grocery store — one of the many qualities that make any trip to Met Market a truly special shopping experience.
Cushing Terrell has been fortunate to partner with Met Market on an ongoing basis for many years, working on stores across the region, including those featured here.
Gig Harbor, WA (pictured above)
The Metropolitan Market Gig Harbor store is located in a bustling waterfront community just south of Seattle. The approximately 33,500 sq. ft. grocery store is a place to both shop and gather, and it provides an elevated shopping and dining experience to the Gig Harbor community.
The Gig Harbor store’s design leverages a food-as-focus approach to mimic a dining and restaurant experience centered around encounters with food and flavors. Fresh ingredients are featured alongside a vast array of prepared foods, and an island cooking station enables food demonstrations and inspiration. To reinforce this intent, the store efficiently features three distinct seating areas, including a mezzanine space that overlooks the store’s sales floor from the upper level.
The interior décor and design draw on the use of warm wood complemented by blue, nautical tones to characterize the connection to water and the maritime history of the Gig Harbor community. To align with the shopping center’s existing character, the design preserved and featured the existing wood beams and columns to showcase the building’s original structural details. The exterior design highlights elements of the Met Market brand, while blending seamlessly with the surrounding buildings and retail shops in the Harbor Plaza Shopping Center.
In addition to aesthetic improvements, the 1985-constructed building also required system updates and modernizations. Met Market opted to invest in a new CO2 refrigeration system to help reduce the global warming impact of their refrigeration systems. Light fixtures and lighting controls were replaced with LEDs to help reduce energy use.
The Cushing Terrell team provided full architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and refrigeration design. The store’s interior design was delivered in partnership with consultant KMDesign Company.
Cushing Terrell provided architectural, interior design, lighting design, and electrical engineering services for the Met Market flagship store at the Sammamish Village shopping center. Design services were provided in collaboration with local design consultants Abbott Construction and the Sammamish Village landlord, TRF Pacific. The development is built on a unique, steeply sloped project site and many design decisions required extensive coordination and collaboration with the landlord team.
A glimpse into the design process by way of concepts used to craft the café and mezzanine spaces at Metropolitan Market in Sammamish, WA.
Metropolitan Market leadership inspired the Cushing Terrell team to design a contemporary space that showcases the grocer’s gourmet, hand-selected food offerings from around the world. A warm color palette comprised of authentic materials creates an elegant backdrop for food and houseware displays throughout the store. Wood (specifically cedar) offers texture and a nod to Sammamish’s logging history, while customers are offered an intimate opportunity to relax and enjoy their fare at the Market Café and mezzanine.
Greater Seattle Area, WA
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce