Fred Meyer to build new store in Gig Harbor

The new location will be larger than the current store in Olympic Plaza

Staff writerMay 21, 2014 


Fred Meyer plans to build a larger store across state Route 16 from its current Gig Harbor location.

“We are moving forward on a new Fred Meyer store,” said Melinda Merrill of Fred Meyer’s public affairs office.

Dennis Troy, associate planner with the city, said that the outlet will not be a “mega store,” but will be larger than the current location at 5500 Olympic Drive. The new outlet will be about 64,000 square feet, he said.

The new property will be on Point Fosdick Drive near the current location of Fife RV and north Dairy Queen. Troy said a requirement for the developer is extending 32nd Avenue to a thru-road.

Fife RV is having a liquidation sale.

Merrill said she wasn’t ready to give a time frame for the new Fred Meyer, since the company is still working on a “few issues” with the landlord. However, the project is through the design review phase, she said.

“It is looking positive. We are working on it,” Merrill said.

Planning staff has said the developer hopes to break ground late this summer, pending approval. There are no zoning issues with the site; a grocery store is already an allowed use of the property.

The property is owned by WWR Properties of University Place.

WWR Properties also owns Olympic Village, home of the current Fred Meyer in Gig Harbor.

The location has historically housed large car lots, including a Ford dealership and the current RV dealership.

One concern with the new grocery store is traffic.

“The city is aware of the traffic impacts,” Troy said, adding that the developers have paid impact fees to the city.

The new store will be a “full line grocery store,” according to Merrill. It will have a pharmacy, something the current Fred Meyer does not have.

The next steps in the project, Troy said, are excavation and soils testing. Remediation will occur if needed.

On the site will be more than a grocery store. The new development will include other new businesses such as a family entertainment center with an arcade, restaurants and a bowling alley.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155

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