Suppliers across the country are feeling the effects of a nationwide Christmas-tree shortage, and a lot operated annually in the parking lot behind the Queen Anne Safeway is no exception.

With several hundred fewer trees for sale this year, Boy Scout Troop 72 is encouraging people to buy theirs sooner rather than later.

“They shouldn’t wait around to the very end to get a tree, because there might not be many trees left,” said assistant scoutmaster David Rice.

But fewer trees is just one of several changes for this year’s lot.

In March, the Queen Anne Helpline publicly announced it was ending its involvement, citing the work of a nonprofit consultant, who found the resources needed to run the lot did not pencil out for the organization.

That meant more responsibilities for Troop 72, which uses a portion of the money earned to fund its own operations for the year. But that was only part of the motivation for the group, which also wanted to continue giving something back to the community.

“They were doing it for a larger purpose,” Rice said.

This year, a portion of the proceeds will also go to benefit the Queen Anne Food Bank. The troop has also partnered with the Seattle SeaChordsmen — a local nonprofit men’s barbershop chorus that practices out of the Queen Anne Baptist Church — to serve as cashiers.

2017 will also likely be the final year of the lot in its current location (2100 Queen Anne Ave. N.).

The looming redevelopment of the Safeway site — construction is expected to start next fall — means the lot will have to find a new home for the 2018 holiday season and beyond if that timeline holds. Anyone with space on Queen Anne for next year’s lot is asked to contact scoutmaster Jeff Cropp at jeff@ickm.org.

The lot is open Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Dec. 17, or until the trees are gone, whichever comes first.

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