As WinCo Foods readies to build a second Meridian store, the grocer also looks to grow its market share in adjacent states.
According to recent news reports in Wenatchee, Wash., and Eugene, Oregon, employee-owned WinCo is taking steps to make investments in both communities – and in shuttered Shopko stores – among the hundreds closed this year by the retailer.
Newsradio 560 KPQ reported Aug. 13 that WinCo representatives met with City of Wenatchee staff last week during a pre-application meeting to remodel an empty 90,000-square-foot building.
City officials said the meeting allowed staff to inform the Boise-based discount grocer of the requirements needed in order to occupy the former Shopko building on North Wenatchee Avenue as a business. The report said WinCo is considering $8 to $10 million worth of improvements at the site.
The Eugene Register-Guard on Aug. 1 said a company representative held a meeting with city officials in mid-June about remodeling another former Shopko building, a 100,000-square-foot space, to accommodate the grocery chain in Oregon’s second-largest city.
“The company has not filed a building permit and a city spokesperson cautioned consultation meetings are preliminary,” said the Register-Guard. The newspaper reported that WinCo currently operates two other stores in the Eugene area.
WinCo now has 126 locations and 18,000 employees in eight western states as well as Oklahoma and Texas.
Known for its low prices, WinCo does not accept credit cards and requires customers to bag their own groceries to save the company time and money.
Fiscal year 2017-2018 sales at WinCo were $7 billion, according to Supermarket News.
Shopko gave up its retail footprint in the Treasure Valley at three sites earlier this year when the general goods retailer filed for bankruptcy.
Local commercial real estate advisors say the spaces should backfill in fairly short order.