WinCo's Big Phoenix Plans
As Idaho-based WinCo Foods expands into Texas and furthers its presence in Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Arizona, it’s well underway on its 963k SF distribution center and offices at 7502 West Durango St, which VP Michael Read tells us should deliver in May. Also under development are two new stores—its second in Gilbert (95k SF) and one in Surprise (which contrary to the name was actually well-planned), which is being built in its new 85k SF floorplate. Once those two deliver by March 2015, we may even see further expansion of the employee-owned, discount grocery chain here, Michael says.
So far, WinCo has four stores in the greater Phoenix area, over 90 stores in eight states, and four other distribution centers. The grocer brings a unique bulk foods department that allows customers to buy only the amount they want of approximately 750 items, including snacks, cereals, flours, pastas, spices, and even dog treats and birdseed. Michael says it plans to open between six and nine stores a year nationwide (and all will have plenty of room for the 48 flavors of bulk coffee, including creme brulee and red velvet cake). Overly caffeinated real estate industry, rejoice!