LAYTON -- WinCo Foods is on the dotted line to serve as the anchor tenant for the multi-million dollar Fort Lane Village development.
The Boise, Idaho-based grocery store chain has purchased 8.74 acres in what will be a 22-acre commercial retail development, Mayor Steve Curtis said.
The property, owned by Fort Lane Village LLC., a consortium of businessmen consisting of Kevin Garn and Doug Durbano, of Layton, and Jeff Yarbrough, of Kaysville, was recently sold to the grocery chain as part of an effort to revitalize the old shopping center, located at the corner of Fort Lane and Gentile Street.
"WinCo has closed (on the property). Done deal," Durbano said of the 94,682 square-foot WinCo store expected to be built on the property.
WinCo recently opened stores in Ogden and Roy. Officials at the Boise headquarters declined to confirm or deny the Layton land purchase.
Like any other large retailer, WinCo is required to get a conditional use permit from the city, Durbano said.
The Fort Lane Village property is zoned for use for WinCo, he said, but because the store is larger than 80,000 square feet WinCo needs to apply to the city for a conditional use permit, which could take anywhere from 30 to 90 days for approval.
"From when the permit is issued, I actually don't know when WinCo would start construction," Durbano said. "But we would hope they would start soon."
He said there is no contractual obligation imposed on WinCo for a construction start date.
When WinCo does build, Durbano said, the store will be situated on the southwest portion of the development.
The remainder of the development in Fort Lane Village will proceed as market demand dictates and as the city will allow, Durbano said.
Fort Lane Village LLC. envisions a retail village with a multistory look that is inviting to the public and works with the neighboring park, high school and residential area, Durbano said.
Those individuals in the Fort Lane Village LLC. consortium live near where the project is being built, Durbano said, and they want to develop something "folks in the community can take some satisfaction in."
The jobs that will come with the store and the revitalization of the area surrounding it, Curtis said, are the backbone of the city's economy as Layton continues to experience multiple-job growth with the companies that have committed to the area.
The vitality of the city draws commerce to it, Curtis said. "It is vibrant and success breeds success," he said.