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Gig Harbor QFC to open as ‘Main & Vine’ in 2016

The Gig Harbor QFC.
The Gig Harbor QFC. lgiles@gateline.com

Sorry Gig Harbor – you won’t be getting your familiar QFC grocery store back in 2016.

Instead, look for the world’s first “Main & Vine,” an experimental concept developed and managed by Cincinnati-based Kroger, parent to both QFC and Fred Meyer.

Main & Vine spokeswoman Jamie Campbell confirmed the news on Tuesday, calling Main & Vine “a place where locals and local foods intertwine” offering “a seasonally-curated array of products, including fresh, organic, local and sustainable foods, alongside an assortment of go-to big-brand staples, all at affordable prices.”

Among other amenities, the 27,000-square-foot market will host gatherings with local chefs and farmers providing daily “how-to tips and tasty meal ideas.”

The store will also feature a coffee, wine and beer bar at designated times during the day, plus a two-level café.

“Our store will not only offer the freshest foods and mainstream grocery items at affordable prices, but we’re also incorporating daily in-store programming and events that will give our shoppers a deeper connection to their food sources,” said Dann Kohl, Main & Vine’s store manager.

The new market is the first Main & Vine to open in the country. Look for the grand opening in February.

A number of former QFC employees will be returning to the store, at 5010 Point Fosdick Dr. N.W., and Kroger has said it still has openings for new workers. Interested applicants may visit www.mainandvineshop.com for further information.

C.R. Roberts: 253-597-8535

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