Milk. Eggs. Bread. Art? New downtown Tacoma supermarket will showcase local artists

City Grocer IGA, a new full-service supermarket in downtown Tacoma, has announced it will open on Weds., Sept. 7. In February, a Whidbey Island-based company called The Myers Group announced it would open the 16,000-square-foot grocery store in Pacific Plaza, located at 1250 Pacific Avenue. The company owns and operates grocery stores in Ocean Shores, on Camano Island, and in downtown Seattle. According to the company’s Web site, the store will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

In an announcement on the store’s Web site, each month the store will be featuring a local artist to exhibit in a small gallery built into the deli/cafe area. Artists need to submit up to 10 digital images to in .jpeg or PDF format for consideration. Title, medium and price will also need to be included with submissions and a small biography about the artist. Approval notifications will be sent out one month prior to the show at the latest. The available wall space for art is is five walls at four feet wide by four feet tall. Art must be ready-to-hang when brought into the store for the month-long show. The artist is also responsible for helping hang the work, creating title tags, a biography and contact information for customers. One-houndred percent of all sales will go directly to the artist, but the artist must handle all transactions.

“What the City Grocer IGA can offer artists is a lot of exposure to people living, working and shopping in the downtown core of Tacoma,” company officials state on the store’s Web site. “Thousands of customers will come into the store throughout the week. The IGA can also offer artist recognition on our website, Facebook page and also in our weekly e-mail blasts. We are happy to be part of such a great community and look forward to you displaying your works here.”

For more information, visit the company’s Web site, Twitter feed, and Facebook page.

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