WinCo to test smaller concept in SE Portland


Grocery store will employ more than 100 in underserved neighborhood.

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BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Grocery store will employ more than 100 in underserved neighborhood.

WinCo will move into a vacant store that was previously occupied by a Food4Less near SE 82nd and Powell in Portland.

Though the grocer operates three other stores nearby, it has none west of 82nd Avenue on Portland’s eastside. This store would change that, offering nearby residents an alternative to Walmart to the south and Fubonn, an Asian supermarket, to the north. Read estimates the store will create at least 100 jobs.

WinCo currently operates 16 Oregon stores and 102 chain-wide. The grocer opened five stores in its last fiscal year ending last spring, and hopes to open nine this year. WinCo is considering Grants Pass as another possible Oregon location, Read said.

But for now, the grocer is focused on the Southeast Portland location.

(SOURCE: OregonLive.com)

The store is smaller — at about 55,000 square feet — than most of the Boise-based company’s outposts.

Typically, Winco’s groceries occupy around 80,000 square feet.

“We’ve begun doing a few more of these smaller models, as infill projects, and they’re performing well,” Read said. “We’re looking for infill opportunities that operate successfully without cannibalizing our other stores.”

(SOURCE: Portland Business Journal)

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