Published:   April 5, 2013
Volume:   XIX    Number:   13


Phoenix - WinCo Foods LLC in Boise, Idaho plans to employ 300 workers in a new 800,000-square-foot warehouse facility the company is developing in west Phoenix. The company paid just under $11.996 million to buy a 74-acre parcel at the southwest corner of Buckeye Road and 75th Avenue. The seller was Swift Transportation Co. of Arizona LLC in Phoenix (Jerry Moyes, principal). The buyer in the cash transaction was represented by Ed Beeh, Chuck Gibson and Robbie Petty of SRS Real Estate Partners in Phoenix. The seller was represented by Wayne Uhlir of Arizona Industrial Advisors in Phoenix. Sources say the employee-owned discount grocer wants to start construction on the new warehouse by May 2013. Completion expected to take 12 months. The civil engineer is Wood, Patel & Associates Inc. in Phoenix. ESI Group in Milwaukee, Wis. will serve as design builder and will oversee the construction. Development cost (land and building) estimated at $90+ million. The grocery chain will pay cash for construction. WinCo Foods has 86 locations in Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Oregon and Utah. The west Phoenix warehouse will serve the grocer's stores in the Phoenix area, parts of So. Calif. and Las Vegas. WinCo Foods has three stores open in Phoenix, Mesa and Glendale and has two supermarkets planned in Gilbert and one in Glendale. WinCo has been working with Kornwasser Shopping Center Properties in Phoenix to develop the new stores. In September 2010, BREW reported WinCo Foods buying former Costco locations in Mesa and Glendale and a former Wal-Mart in Phoenix that have been redeveloped as WinCo Foods grocery stores. In February, BREW reported WinCo Foods paying just over $5.079 million ($92.20 per foot) to buy a former automobile dealership at 1301 N. Arizona Avenue in Gilbert. The 14.57-acre parcel, which was previously occupied by Earnhardt Dodge, will be redeveloped as a retail center. The plaza will be anchored by a 95,00-square-foot WinCo Foods grocery. Talk to Mark Lavin of WinCo Foods at (208) 672-2086. Reach the SRS agents at (602) 682-6040. Uhlir is at (602) 432-0112.

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