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QFC store in FWay checks out

By PAT JENKINS

The Mirror

The pending closing of the QFC grocery store in Federal Way, rumored for several weeks, was officially confirmed Monday by company officials.

Donna Giordano, president of the Bellevue-based grocer, said the store on Pacific Highway South is one of five QFC stores that will close May 28. Four are in King County –– Federal Way, Midway, Burien and the Rainier Beach area of Seattle. The fifth location is Vancouver.

Giordano, citing inadequate sales at the five stores, said closing them will help the company expand in other areas.

QFC will still have 79 stores in Washington and Oregon.

The King County stores that will close have employees who are members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1105. Information about the number of members affected by the closures wasn’t available from the union or QFC. A spokesman for Kroger Co., which owns QFC, was unavailable for comment.

Signs informing customers of the closure began appearing on the store in Federal Way last weekend. Information was released by QFC officials Monday to the Mirror.

Kroger, whose headquarters are in Cincinatti, Ohio, reported combined sales of $56.4 billion in its fiscal year 2004 by its 18 chains of grocery stores. Fred Meyer, which has a store in Federal Way, is one of the chains.

Besides Washington and Oregon, Kroger-owned stores are in California, Nevada, Indiana and Illinois. The company also operates jewelry stores in malls.

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565, ehall@fedwaymirror.com

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