Idaho grocery chain may bring multiple stores to Oklahoma City metro area

Idaho-based WinCo Foods has plans for as many as four grocery stores in Oklahoma City, Moore and Midwest City.
by Richard Mize and Brianna Bailey Modified: August 9, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: August 9, 2014

Idaho-based grocer WinCo Foods LLC is finalizing leases to open as many as four stores in the Oklahoma City metro area, commercial real estate firm Price Edwards & Co. said.

In its midyear retail market survey, Price Edwards & Co said that WinCo is negotiating to lease space for three to four new grocery stores in the area. WinCo is eyeing locations in northwest and west Oklahoma City, Moore and Midwest City, said Jim Parrack, senior vice president of retail for Price Edwards.

“It’s a concept that won’t be unfamiliar to shoppers here, and I think they will do well,” Parrack said. “They will give Walmart a run for their money on prices.”

WinCo stores are larger than traditional supermarkets at about 90,000 square feet and focus on a lot of bulk products. While Walmart still controls about 60 percent of Oklahoma City’s grocery market, WinCo is the latest of several competitors to try to change that, Parrack said.

WinCo has opened three stores in the Dallas-Forth Worth area this year and also has a Texas distribution center, making expanding into Oklahoma an easier geographical fit. Founded in 1967 in Boise, Idaho, WinCo has 95 stores and five distribution centers that span Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Arizona, Utah and Texas.

Mike Read, a spokesman for Boise, Idaho-based WinCo, did not respond to a request for comment this week.

When reached by phone last month, Read said WinCo was still focused on its new expansion into the north Texas market and that it was still too soon to discuss any plans to move into Oklahoma.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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by Brianna Bailey
Business Writer
Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the Univerisity of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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It’s a concept that won’t be unfamiliar to shoppers here, and I think they will do well.”

Jim Parrack,
Senior vice

president of

retail for Price Edwards

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