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.
is reviewing a permit for the proposed project at 2901 Queensgate Drive in
with Grocery Outlet said the exact address is pending but expect to open a
store there in mid- to late 2020.
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.
project is spearheaded by Browman Development Co. of California.
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.”
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.”
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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