Nampa will be only the second Idaho city with two WinCo Foods stores when the Boise-based supermarket chain opens in spring 2017 at the Nampa Gateway Center.
Construction on the $7.5 million, 85,000-square-foot store has started just off Garrity Boulevard. A building permit was issued June 20.
Nampa Gateway Center opened on 104 acres at Garrity Boulevard and Interstate 84 in 2007 with just JC Penney. It has grown to 381,459 square feet, with Cleveland-based DDR Corp. the developer.
The Nampa Gateway store will be WinCo’s sixth in the Treasure Valley, along with the other Nampa store on Nampa-Caldwell Boulevard at Midway Boulevard that opened in 1997.
It will be the first new WinCo in the Treasure Valley since the Eagle store opened in 2007. The Meridian store was built in 2000 with the downtown Boise store coming in 1998 and the Fairview Avenue store in 1991.
Winco has 107 stores in eight states. Nampa and Boise are the only Idaho cities with two stores. In other states ,the only cities with two Wincos are Gilbert, Ariz.; Bakersfield and Fresno in California; Reno; Hillsboro and Salem in Oregon; and Fort Worth. Portland has three stores and Vancouver, Wash., has four stores.
The Nampa Gateway store was designed by TAIT & Associates and the general contractor is ESI Construction.
“Gateway has developed slowly,” said Debbie Kling, CEO of the Nampa Chamber of Commerce. “With population growth coming, we need WinCo for this side of the community. The entire Happy Valley Road will continue to develop with subdivisions.”
WinCo’s address is Happy Valley road, which runs through Nampa Gateway Center and continues south along Nampa’s entire eastern city boundaries.
WinCo had 17 stores in 1985 as it transitioned into an Employee Stock Ownership Program.
WinCo has added 27 stores since 2011, entering Arizona in 2012 and Texas in 2014. The company added California in 2004, Utah in 2009 and the Las Vegas area in 2011.
Note: This article was updated at 11:15 a.m. on July 27.