Northwest NEWS

March 6, 2000

Business

New Fred Meyer to open

Fred Meyer store

The new Fred Meyer store at Thrashers Corner will feature a food and nutrition department.

   On March 15, a new Fred Meyer store is scheduled to open on Bothell-Everett Highway at Thrashers Corner at 7 a.m.

   Opening festivities will begin at 2 p.m. with a cake-cutting ceremony, free coffee, prizes, cooking demonstrations, and visits from Miss Washington and the mayor of Bothell. Over 200 full- and part-time employees are preparing for the grand opening on Wednesday.

   "People are really happy that Fred Meyer is here," said Laura Vandermay, the store director. Vandermay says that residents have been telling her they appreciate the convenient "one-stop shop" concept of the Fred Meyer chain.

   The new store will feature a number of specialty departments such as food and nutrition, apparel, home electronics, gardening, jewelry, and free babysitting for customers. The 130,000-square-foot store is located on the street side of a wetland/upland site of about 28 acres. Out of those 28 acres, only 11 of them are for the store and its 435-space parking lot.

   Robert Boley, the assistant vice-president of public relations at the Fred Meyer main office, assures the community that the highest degree of care is being used to preserve the wetlands behind the store. "There was a major study done and a number of proposals ... wildlife preservation was included in the construction," he said.

   Native plants will be planted behind the new building to ensure the preservation of the property. Overall, the Fred Meyer company spent $23 million dollars on the investment.