At long last, a grocery store for DuPont

Staff writerOctober 14, 2013 

At 3,000 square feet, the DuPont General Store won't give Walmart executives sleepless nights worrying about potential loss of business.

But for the long-waiting residents of DuPont, a growing new, old town of some 9,800 residents near Joint Base Lewis McChord, Tuesday's DuPont General Store opening will be reason for celebration.

"We're making history in DuPont tomorrow," exclaimed DuPont Mayor Michael Grayum with more than a normal helping of civic enthusiasm.

The grocery will be the first in more than 45 years for the town, situated on a large island of land on the west side of Interstate 5 between the Nisqually River Delta and Joint Base Lewis McChord.

The town can count on several hotels, multiple restaurants and fast food places, banks and corporate offices among its assets, but until Tuesday morning, no grocery store.

Until businesswoman Sandy Ikemeier opens the new store on the ground level of America's Credit Union building, DuPont residents who had no military connections have had to travel to Lakewood or Lacey for their provisions.

Ikemeier said the store, which she calls a "tweener" because it's larger than a convenience store but smaller than the typical 15,000-to-20,000 square-foot grocery store, will fill a need in DuPont that major grocery chains have ignored.

The store will have the essentials for residents, Ikemeier said, plus bakery and deli items created on-site and organic produce and meats.

Opening ceremonies are set for 8 a.m. Tuesday.  The store will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.



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