Layton WinCo likely to open early next year

Tuesday , October 18, 2016 - 6:00 AM

DOUG GIBSON, Standard-Examiner Staff

LAYTON — A new WinCo Foods is getting closer to opening in one Davis County city, perhaps as early as February 2017.

Kent Andersen, Layton deputy director of Community and Economic Development, told the Standard-Examiner that the 85,000-square-foot Layton store is progressing well.

“We’re hearing the contractors will be able to wrap up construction in December,” Andersen said.

In 2014, the Layton City Council approved the WinCo Foods store. A year earlier, Layton Mayor Bob Stevenson had visited WinCo’s Boise, Idaho, headquarters to lobby for a store. Construction on the store, designed to anchor 22 acres at 200 S. Fort Lane, began in early spring this year.

“The roadway is pretty well done,” Stevenson told the Standard-Examiner. A rougher-than-anticipated winter could affect opening day for the store, he added.

Andersen said Layton will retain 1 percent in sales tax revenue from the store, as well as property tax revenue.

Andersen estimated WinCo will bring 180 jobs to Layton, but he wasn’t sure what percentage would be full-time positions. He referred questions to WinCo’s corporate headquarters. A message left for Greg Goins, WinCo’s vice president for real estate, was not immediately returned.

The area where WinCo is being built was once called the Fort Lane Shopping Center. With WinCo as the anchor, other businesses will complement the area, including Cafe Sabor, a Young Kia dealership and Intermountain Medical Center.

Established in 1967, WinCo was once called Waremart. It’s a privately held business — employee-owned — with more than 100 stores. Most are in the U.S. West. Ogden and Roy have WinCo Food stores.

Contact reporter Doug Gibson at dgibson@standard.net.

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