Grocery store headed to Richland’s Queensgate area

California-based chain has stores in Pasco, Kennewick

A third Grocery Outlet store is coming to the Tri-Cities, putting a “bargain market” in each of the three cities. The latest will be in the Queensgate area of Richland, next door to Party City near Target.

Richland is reviewing a permit for the proposed project at 2901 Queensgate Drive in Vintner Square.

Representatives with Grocery Outlet said the exact address is pending but expect to open a store there in mid- to late 2020.

The permit lists an 18,000-square-foot building valued at $1.65 million.

A spokesperson for Grocery Outlet said most stores range in size from 10,000 square feet to 25,000 square feet. The Richland shop would be similar in size to the 18,000-square-foot Grocery Outlet on North Road 68 in Pasco that opened in August 2018, but smaller than the one on West Fourth Avenue in Kennewick. A Grocery Outlet opened in Sunnyside in February.

The project is spearheaded by Browman Development Co. of California.

When asked about the likely number of employees planned for the location, a representative with the public relations firm hired by the store said, “Grocery Outlet stores are independently owned and operated and hire residents from within the local community. Typically, owner-operators hire 25 to 35 employees from the community.”

The opening of the Pasco store brought about 30 new jobs along with it. Its grand opening included giveaways.

There are more than 300 Grocery Outlet stores across Washington, California, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Pennsylvania. The company boasts 1.5 million shoppers weekly, calling itself the “nation’s largest extreme value retailer.”

Grocery Outlet stores are not operated like a typical grocery store. They have highly fluctuating inventory so may not carry the same products weekly.

The company just held an initial public offering and is now traded on the NASDAQ, raising about $400 million from its debut in late June.  

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