EUGENE, Ore. -- Despite being in the middle of a court battle with some residents in North Eugene, WinCo is signaling they are starting construction on a new store off Coburg Road.
Fences were put up around the old Shopko building, dumpsters were moved in, and a mobile office was dropped off in the parking lot. KEZI reached out to WinCo's corporate offices about the activity at the site, but they did not get back to us. However, this is a sign the company is starting construction of their new store, approved by the Eugene City Council in 2020.
KEZI talked to Shari Brown, who works near the shopping center. She said having a grocery store in North Eugene is convenient for her.
"I like what they provide," Brown said. "I think it's great that it's a grocery store that's specific to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada and California. I've known people that worked there and they've been treated well."
Others who live in the area have been trying to get the project to stop. Some wrote in public testimony that a WinCo will create a traffic nightmare on Coburg Road and Chad Drive. Living Strong LLC, the owner of the McKenzie at Crescent Village, appealed a decision by the city to allow WinCo to build a reconstructed rear loading dock and a bottle redemption center at the site of the former Shopko.
The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals sided with WinCo but lawyers for Living Strong LLC appealed it to the Oregon Court of Appeals. A decision by that court has not been made.