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New developments boost hopes for city's economy

Several new developments are coming into Federal Way.

While some projects are still in the preliminary stages, others are on their way to getting permits.

Totem Ocean Trailer Express plans to move to the corner of South 320th Street near Weyerhaeuser’s East Campus. This shipping and heavy hauling company, headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, has consolidated its Seattle and Tacoma offices into a single headquarters in Federal Way.

TOTE has asked city building officials if they can improve pedestrian walkways between their location and the entrance to Gateway Center; the company expects its employees will want to walk there to get lunch during the day.

A chiropractic doctor has purchased the long-vacant building formerly occupied by a bank, located at South 320th Street directly across the street from Safeway. Remodeling permit applications are currently working their way through city building offices.

Queen Anne Thriftway, a mid-sized market with a deli, wine, meat, produce and coffee, is still looking at opening a market in Dash Point Village. The company also owns a location in Tacoma’s Proctor District.

Queen Anne Thriftway has not yet submitted an application to the city, but discussions about the possibility of the grocer locating there are still taking place.

A proposal to tear down the Safeway on South 288th Street and Military Road South is pending with the city. The supermarket is hoping to construct a basement parking garage before rebuilding a new Safeway in that location. Safeway has not yet submitted an application, but city staff have seen preliminary plans for the project.

Auto specialist Pep Boys was in business in Federal Way less than a year before the company closed several Puget Sound locations. Now, they want to come back.

Pep Boys paid $50 for a building permit and hopes to open for business at its old location on Pacific Highway South just past South 324th Street in three or four months.

Six Flags is expected to add some new rides and replace some older ones at Enchanted Park. The application is in the city’s planning department.

Costco’s gas station plan is on track and city staff expect to issue the permit this week.

Less than a month after Good Guys announced they would be going out of business at their Pacific Highway South and South 320th Street location, several companies and developers have expressed an interest in occupying the space.

Some companies have informally discussed moving into the existing building and a few developers have talked about redeveloping the spot, but city manager David Moseley said interest in the prime retail space is simply “kicking tires” at this point.

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