Boise-based grocery giant WinCo Foods will start work on an expansion to its large distribution center along Interstate 84.
The center, which opened in 2009, serves stores throughout the Intermountain region and covers more than 700,000 square feet of space on Freight Street.
Now, the retailer has secured a building permit from the City of Boise to launch the first significant expansion of the facility since it opened. It will include a large cooler space, adding nearly 80,000 square feet of space along the north and east sides of the building.
The expansion will also add what’s called an automatic sort and retrieval system or ASRS. These systems allow warehouses to more tightly pack goods by limiting floor space dedicated to people and using technology like robotics to retrieve stored items.
WinCo will also add a new loading dock to the site. WinCo notes that the expansion was called for in its initial 2009 plan, and the plan includes room for additional future expansion.
The City of Boise said the value of the building permit is more than $13.8 million – and was the most valuable permit the city issued in the month of September.
WinCo Foods company operates more than 130 large warehouse-style grocery stores across the US. It started with a single store on Overland Rd. in Boise under the Waremart brand in 1967. Ralph Ward and Bud Williams launched the company – and after their deaths, employees purchased it and formed an employee stock ownership plan in 1985. Winco includes 20,000 employees and operates from Oregon to Texas. It is the nation’s third-largest employee-owned company.