About City People’s

Celebrating over 39 years in business!

Since its beginning in 1979, City People´s mission has been to serve Seattle communities by providing useful, affordable merchandise for customers and a diverse workplace with fair wages and good benefits for employees.

Our other goal is to give back to our communities who have so generously supported us for 35+ years. To this end we’ve donated money, goods and services to hundreds of public schools and local charities through the years. 

A Tradition Continues

The Laurelhurst neighborhood institution is owned by Kirsten and Kenzel Wilson. The Wilsons grew up in the Pacific Northwest and reside in the Laurelhurst neighborhood and are actively involved in the store operations.

The owners have extensive experience in the retail sector.  Mr. Wilson began his career at Nordstrom as a stock boy and was promoted over twenty six years to VP, Regional Manager for the Northwest division.  The Wilson family then relocated to the Chicago area where he was SVP, Regional Manager for Saks Fifth Avenue in Chicago.  Ms. Wilson was with Costco for  eighteen years in Operations leading to Warehouse Manager and  Global distribution for Fine Jewelry and Watches.

The Wilsons are enjoying the opportunity of owning and managing the business and carrying on the City People’s Mercantile tradition of providing a unique selection of quality merchandise and True Value hardware. “We  love being on the floor, serving our customers and meeting our neighbors” says Kenzel and  ” We will continue to carry on the founder’s goals of giving back to the community and we are planning some exciting events,” says Kirsten.


Contact Us

City People’s Mercantile
5440 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105