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Dash Point Village bags new grocery store

Mirror staff

The owner of three grocery stores in Seattle and Tacoma will expand into Federal Way by opening a store next spring at Dash Point Village.

Food Markets Northwest president Terry Halverson said the corporation, which owns Queen Anne Thriftway and Admiral Thriftway in Seattle and Queen Anne Proctor in Tacoma, is planning for construction of the new store to begin in mid-October.

The Dash Point Village store will occupy space that was a QFC store. Vacant since the late 1990s, the 19,000 square feet will be expanded to roughly 33,000 square feet.

Halverson said the finished product will be an upscale conventional grocer.

Architecture and design of the new market are by Jaso Ludviksen Inc. of Seattle and Mulvanny G2 of Bellevue.

Halverson said the layout is similar to Food Markets Northwest’s Admiral Thriftway in West Seattle. Plans call for a food demonstration area, focused “spot” lighting of food, and boutique-style merchandising, he said.

A spokeswoman said the store will have 175 employees and be open 24 hours a day, the same business hours as the other stores.

“Dash Point and its surrounding communities are a perfect match for our high quality and service supermarket format,” Halverson said. “This area is currently served by all major food store formats, but Food Markets Northwest provides a unique product selection that includes more local, imported and natural food products.”

Dash Point Village, located at Southwest Dash Point Road and 312th Street, is rebuilding its tenant base after a decline in the late-’90s. An improved facade of the buildings and aggressive leasing efforts have contributed to the rally by the 21-store shopping center. Earlier this year, property managers and leasing agents for the center said the grocery store would be an integral part of redevelopment.

The center is also part of expansion plans for Food Markets Northwest. The company plans to have six stores by 2007. The Federal Way location will be its fourth.

Neighborhood opposition has delayed the company’s plans to demolish its Queen Anne store and replace it with a new store and a four-story apartment building. The existing store will remain open for at least two years before the possible start of redevelopment, Halverson said.

Food Markets Northwest is a majority shareholder of Associated Grocers, the principal food wholesaler for FMN’s stores.

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