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Cost Cutter

The store I was going to wasn’t open, and I knew we needed a couple groceries, so I headed across the parking lot to the Cost Cutter (yep, it’s raining):


As soon as I got inside, I knew this was not just any old grocery store. The cashiers, the manager and the butchers all looked Mexican! And when I got to the deli section, the specialities were things like Dulce de Leche, all packaged up for people who eat a LOT of dulce de leche:


To my delight, there was an aisle labled Middle East foods, with tabbouleh, canned hummus and muttabel, foul, and Lebanese olive oil:


And a huge aisle with East European foods (I am not sure what East European foods are!)


And, while most stores hide their beer selection in some dark corner of the store, Cost Cutter has a huge aisle down the center of the store, with all kinds of neon signage – it looks very festive:


Stores like Cost Cutter, that serve the large and varied population of immigrants are one of the reasons I love Seattle.

August 5, 2007 - Posted by | Cold Drinks, Community, Cooking, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Living Conditions, Lumix, Photos, Seattle, Shopping, Social Issues, Travel, Weather


  1. yum! I share the family “love of grocery stores” gene – I can’t wait to visit this one at the end of the month! what a find!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | August 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Grocery stores in Seattle are amazingly international.

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 6, 2007 | Reply

  3. Who is going to buy 10 pounds or more of anything but mellons and a couple other things? I bought some bing cherries and they were small, tasteless, scared. The display tag claimed that I was saving two bucks a pound. I bought better cherries a week before at the reservation from a mexican that were a hell of a lot better.

    This is the story with most of the produce or meats. You buy something on sale you better eat it that night because it will be rotten or rancid a day or two later.

    These guys bought up good stores and turned them into all sub-quality crappy markets. There was a time Brown and Cole had quality, but not so in the last 25 years.

    Comment by Decker | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  4. And I remember when QFC wasn’t owned by Fred Meyer, and there was a Frederick & Nelsons . . . . times change. It’s still an art finding good quality at good prices, isn’t it?

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 10, 2008 | Reply

  5. I am looking for a store close to where i live in federal way wa thanks

    Comment by pedro guzman | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  6. need address for stores in south seattle

    Comment by pedro guzman | September 24, 2008 | Reply

  7. Pedro, as Decker says above, the Brown and Cole stores are the parent organization for Cost Cutter, and while they own several stores, I don’t see any in the Federal Way area. I am betting there are other small grocers, selling speciality foods at good prices; you just have to look for them!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 24, 2008 | Reply

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