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Gig Harbor QFC to close Aug. 22 for five months

The Gig Harbor QFC will close on Aug. 22 and reopen in January with a remodel of the store and a “focus on natural and local and organic.”
The Gig Harbor QFC will close on Aug. 22 and reopen in January with a remodel of the store and a “focus on natural and local and organic.” Staff photographer

The Gig Harbor QFC will close in two weeks as the company embarks on a major overhaul of the 38,000-square-foot store at 5010 Point Fosdick Drive.

When the store reopens mid-January, customers won’t recognize it, QFC spokeswoman Melinda Merrill said.

“It will look very different from the existing store,” she said. “It’s an all-new format with focus on natural and local and organic.”

Merrill didn’t elaborate on the overhaul, saying the company was “not ready to talk about the changes yet.”

“This is our first store in this new format,” she said.

The company is investing $6 million to create a “fresh and innovative” shopping experience for customers.

The footprint of the existing building will not change.

QFC, a division of Kroger, chose the Gig Harbor store as the first to be redesigned because of its success.

“It has some of the best customer rankings across the country and in the region,” Merrill said. “It was the right place and the right community to try this new format in.”

Employees of the QFC will be placed at other QFC or Fred Meyer stores in the area. Some of the employees will be transferred to the Fred Meyer across state Route 16, Merrill said.

The company will work with the QFC employees to bring in specialty items to the Fred Meyer during the closure. It will also be receptive to customer requests for products not currently offered at Fred Meyer, Merrill said.

The decision to redesign the QFC is not related to the company’s plans to build a new $22 million Fred Meyer store and fuel center on Point Fosdick Drive.

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