The new location, which is next to a recently opened Providence Medical Group office building on Marvin Road, is set to break ground before the end of the summer and open in March, said Maria Meconi, general manager.
Meconi is the daughter of Wayne and Nancy Meconi, the couple who launched Meconi’s in 1986. The business since has grown to locations in downtown Olympia, in Tumwater near the airport and in Lacey on Lacey Boulevard. The fourth location is set for a development called Britton Plaza at Marvin Road and Britton Lane Northeast. A restaurant and bar called Meconi’s Pub and Eatery in Tacoma isn’t connected to the chain.
The new site measures 3,400 square feet and will feature outdoor dining, making it one of Meconi’s larger locations, Maria Meconi said.
“Everything is going on out there right now,” she said about fast-growing Hawks Prairie. She added that it’s another “perfect match” for a business that has benefited from choosing locations that generate customer traffic.
The downtown store is near the Capitol Campus; the Tumwater location is near the state Department of Health; and the Hawks Prairie location is next to a medical office building as well as neighborhoods, she said.
The business had considered a site just south of a nearby 7-Eleven store. Both locations had advantages and disadvantages, but Britton Plaza ultimately was a “better fit,” she said.
Britton Plaza was developed by Bob Pearson, chief executive of BPCI, a contractor/development business based in Puyallup.
Pearson developed the site in 2007, then landed its first tenant when Providence Medical Group decided to open a nearly 30,000-square-foot medical building on the site.
BPCI is no stranger to the area. It also built the nearby 7-Eleven and built and expanded the headquarters for Callison Inc., a manufacturer of mint oil west of Britton Plaza.
“We love Lacey,” Pearson said.
Meconi’s also plans to expand its Lacey store. Work is expected to begin at the end of the month that will enlarge the site to about 3,400 square feet, Maria Meconi said.