The Gig Harbor location of QFC is getting a brand-new look, but that means a temporary closure is on the horizon.
The store will close Aug. 22 and reopen at the same location in mid-January. The revamped location, at 5010 Pt. Fosdick Drive NW, will feature locally grown and organic products.
The chain of grocers, owned by Kroger, will be trying out a new shopping experience.
“This is the first one (to remodel); it’s kind of the test for a new format. It will be unique to Gig Harbor,” said Melinda Merrill, spokesman for QFC and Fred Meyer stores.
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There’s a reason Kroger chose Gig Harbor; the QFC store ranks consistently high in customer ratings for Kroger stores nationwide, Merrill said.
Employees will be placed at positions in area QFC and Fred Meyer stores during the transition. Kroger will do its best to keep employees informed during the transition, Merrill said.
The in-store reaction was mixed. Employees were excited by the major change, but sad that the QFC would be temporarily out of commission.
“(Employees) recognize that this is a big investment,” Merrill said.
Early reaction on Twitter showed frustration by regular shoppers at the store. The Pt. Fosdick and update area has already seen major changes in the grocery landscape. The Safeway store and fuel center in Uptown recently transitioned into a Haggen Foods.
Kroger is up to other things in the Gig Harbor store. The company is investing $22 million in a new store and fuel center on the western side of state Route 16.
The projected opening date for that project is late fall of 2016, Merrill said.