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QFC slates store for Snoqualmie Ridge

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SNOQUALMIE - Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood residents could have a QFC grocery store in their neck of the woods by late this year or early next year.

The Bellevue-based grocery store chain is expected to announce this week that it is planning to build a store in the Snoqualmie Ridge retail area at the intersection of Snoqualmie Parkway and Southeast Center Boulevard. The store would sit on a four-acre plot of land across the street from the two existing retail buildings on Center Boulevard and should employ 80 to 100 full- and part-time employees.

Quadrant Corp., the developer of Snoqualmie Ridge, has been trying to land a grocery store for the past couple of years. Residents have wanted a neighborhood grocery store and retail owners have wanted one to anchor the area and bring in more traffic.

"We are really excited they are coming," said Quadrant Vice President and Snoqualmie Ridge General Manager Dave Dorothy.

QFC is still working on the details of the site plan before they sign the lease for the land, according to Dorothy, but that could finish up in the next couple of weeks.

QFC Spokesman Dean Olson said the size of the store will be similar to the one in North Bend, but may have a different design to keep with Snoqualmie development standards. Olson said the store could have a Northwest-theme for its aesthetics, like OFC's Stanwood store.

Olson said QFC wants to have a pharmacy at the store and a gas station for the site, similar to those it operates at locations in Stanwood, Lynnwood and Sequim. The store should have all of the regular features of a QFC, such as a bakery, delicatessen and seafood section.

"We want to offer people an incredible shopping experience," Olson said.

QFC, which has 84 stores throughout the Seattle and Portland, Ore.-metro areas, started in the 1950s in Bellevue and was bought by the Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. in 1999. In 2002, Kroger reported sales of $51.8 billion.

Dorothy said the residents of the Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood should be glad to hear the news.

"The first question I always got was, 'When are we going to get coffee?' Then Bibo [Coffee] opened and the next question was, 'When are we going to get a grocery store?'" he said. "Now we got a grocery store."

Ben Cape can be reached at (425) 888-2311 or by e-mail at ben.cape@valleyrecord.com.

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