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We’re Remodeling our Seattle Store


Exciting changes are coming to Uwajimaya! Starting this fall we will be updating our Seattle store to improve your shopping experience, so things will look a little different around here for a while. We are committed to providing the same level of service you have come to expect from our team during this time. This project will be implemented in phases to allow us to remain open during construction. There will be something new to see each week, be sure to stop by and see our progress.

It’s been 20 years since we moved to our current location in Seattle’s historic Chinatown International District and it is time for a refresh.  We’ve spent a lot of time designing the store to meet the unique needs of you, our shopper, as well as the store.  We are excited with the new layout of the store and believe it will make your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable.

Some features of this remodel include:

  • Enhanced sashimi experience – Full service counter featuring the highest quality fish cut-to-order, ready cut and our fresh poke by the pound.
  • Expanded BBQ offerings – Whether dining in our updated food hall or taking home, we’ll have delicious traditional BBQ’d meats and sides.
  • Emphasized seafood, meat and produce selections – Organized and easy to shop with our skilled employees ready to assist all your needs.
  • All new refrigeration, cases and lighting – Updated for the lowest energy consumption.

Construction is set to begin this November and wrap up in the fall of 2020.

Check back regularly for the latest news and construction updates.

Read the full press release here.

September 24, 2020

Thank you for your patience during this remodel.  If you’ve been at our store recently, our meat department has been hidden behind some white walls and they’ve finally come down!  We’ve pushed back our full service meat case to create a more airy department.  How does it look?

Meat Case

Meat Case

We’ve also added some new lights above our snack section.  Do you feel a night market vibe?

Snack Section

September 17, 2020

Our new beverage section is coming along!  This new section is located next to our snack section and will have all of our drinks in one location.


We’ve also added some decor in our produce department.  The kanji on the 2nd banner reads 青果 “Seika” which means fruits and vegetables in Japanese.


September 6, 2020

Drumroll pleeeease…..Our Sashimi Island has been revealed!  This new section will feature our wide selection of the freshest sashimi!  Be sure to check it out next time you’re in our store.


August 13, 2020

The registers have moved!  We have brand new registers now located at the south side (near the new exit / old entrance) of the store.  Located at the south exit are 4 self checkout lanes, 2 express lanes and 6 checkout lanes.


August 8, 2020

We have a new extension of Waji’s by Uwajimaya in our food court.  We are now proud to be offering freshly made poke!  Come check out our Pop Up Poke Station every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

Poke Bar

July 17, 2020

We had our new sign entrance installed this week.  Next time you visit us, you will enter through our new entrance and exit through our old entrance.

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

In addition, we have installed two new express checkout lanes as well as four self check out lanes.  All of our other checkstands will be moving to the “front” of the store in the next few weeks.

Express Lane

July 9, 2020

Our seafood department has re-opened!  Our live tanks will be back open in early August.


May 23, 2020

Next time you visit our store, you’ll notice that our entrace has moved!  Our new main entrance is open and will insert you right into our produce department – another department that you will notice has changed.

New Entrance

New Entrance

New Entrance

April 23, 2020

Lots of exciting things happened this week!  The side of our deli that faces the store is now open.  This side will be dedicated to our take home Asian BBQ selection which includes char siu and roast duck.  The food court side is coming along.  Doesn’t it look nice?

Deli Food Court

Remember that empty space in front of our seafood department?  Our coolers have been installed and now you will find miso, tofu and kimchee in this area.

Dairy Cooler

March 20, 2020

Our Food Court is now closed due to the remodel.  Several of the food court tenants are offering take-out only via their Weller Street storefront.  These restaurants include:  Aloha Plates, Saigon Bistro, Congeez, Thai Place and Samurai Noodle (subject to change – please contact restaurant directly for info)

March 10, 2020

We’ve done a flip-a-roo!  New freezers were installed and the grocery aisles have flipped.  Thank you for your patience as we get items settled in their new homes.  Please feel free to ask any of our staff members should you need help finding something!

Coming soon is our new dairy cooler which will be going into this empty space in front of seafood.

Our deli is making progress and we anticpate the new remodeled deli to open in April.

February 20, 2020

Our health & beauty and home departments are now open!  You’ll find this area to be more open as we’ve widened the aisles and installed new lighting to brighten the space.  We hope you find it easier to shop your favorite products and discover some new items too.  Make sure to check it out on your next visit and let us know what you think.

January 30, 2020

We’re making progress!  Our gift department is coming along and we’ve started to put in some of our new shelving.  We can’t wait for you all to see it come to life over the next few weeks.  Did you notice our new wall above the gift department?

Also, our snacks have a new home!  Snacks are now located next to the gift department.  We hope you will find it easier to shop for all your favorite snacks on your next visit.

January 6, 2020

Construction in our deli department has begun.   Don’t worry, our deli department has not closed down.  We are working hard to keep as many of your favorite products available to you during the remodel.  While our BBQ offerings are unavailable during this time, our hot food bar will be.  It has moved to a temporary location across the food hall and will remain open during construction.  We’re excited for the changes in the deli and can’t wait to show it to you in the spring.  Thank you for your patience during this time.

Our gift department remodel is coming along well and will be revealed in the weeks to come.  Stay tuned!

January 3, 2020

We started our remodel in November, beginning with the transformation of the health and beauty, housewares and gift sections that are expected to be unveiled in late January.

The store will continue to remain fully open during the duration of the project into 2020, as the construction moves into different sections. Shortly after New Years, we will begin work on the Deli department and continue to serve your favorites in a new location within the Food Hall.

November 15, 2019
It’s official…our remodel has begun!   Last week, our gift department crew worked hard to move product out of the department so renovation could begin.  Don’t worry, the products aren’t gone – they just aren’t where you’re used to finding them.  Our bowls and dishes have moved behind produce, health and beauty items are now against the wall next to Kinokuniya Bookstore and some items moved in front of sake and deli.

Here’s one last look at the gift department.  A wall has since gone up around this area.  Are you excited to see the changes?