Richland Fred Meyer begins $12M remodel to bring new services, selection

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By Robin Wojtanik

Cork and Tap shop, online grocery service, Starbucks, expanded selections among additions

Fred Meyer is looking to appeal to foodies with a multi-million dollar renovation of its Richland store that includes a revamped wine and brew shop, grocery pick-up service and a new Starbucks.

The $12.4 million Fred Meyer store remodel is under way and expected to finish by mid-September.

It’s the Wellsian Way store’s first remodel in more than a decade and it will transform the inside of its current footprint. The store opened in November 1981.

The home department will decrease by more than a third, while the grocery department will increase by nearly half.

Freddy’s will remain open during construction, but some sections may be inaccessible at times.

The process will look like a “big jigsaw puzzle,” said Zach Stratton, Fred Meyer spokesman.

While one portion of the store is closed to customers, items from that section will be relocated elsewhere in the store. While the puzzle pieces are moved around, it’s possible some departments will offer a limited selection, but no entire department is scheduled for a temporary closure.

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