What's that? Discount grocery Discount grocery WinCo Foods is transforming a former furniture store in the Tacoma Place shopping center into its first Tacoma store. Remodeling is well under way on the project. Here are more details.
Where: Tacoma Place shopping center, 1913 S. 72nd St.
Building: Since it was built in the 1980s, the 103,000-square-foot structure has been a grocery store, a building products superstore and most recently a home furnishings mart. The size is a bit larger than the typical WinCo store. Those stores average 94,000 square feet, according to company data.
When: WinCo doesn’t discuss when its new stores will open until just before it throws open the doors. “An opening is not imminent,” Mike Read, WinCo’s vice president of public and legal affairs, said Monday. He said that the company wants to open a Tacoma store, but declined to confirm that the Tacoma Place building will be that store. Tacoma city building permits list WinCo as the applicant.
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WinCo’s expansion: The employee-owned, Boise-based company opened two Puget Sound-area stores Sunday, in Lacey and in Everett, bringing the number of Washington WinCo stores to 16. In the South Sound, WinCo has stores in Kent, Federal Way, Sumner, Puyallup and Lacey.
In six Western states, WinCo operates 78 stores.
Contractor: Engineered Structures Inc., Boise. ESI has built or remodeled eight WinCo stores in Washington.
Cost: Construction cost for the remodeling project is $6.2 million.