ROSEBURG, Ore. – WinCo Foods could be coming to the Roseburg area in the near future.
According to a site application to the City of Roseburg, the company is eying a property on Stewart Parkway, which use to be home to an old K-Mart department store. The Planning Commission listened to the proposal Monday night and commissioners were in support of the plan. One of their concerns was increased traffic on Stewart Parkway and the safety of pedestrians and bikers.
The application documents said WinCo officials hope to demolish the 88,000 square foot building and rebuild the new store from the ground up.
It said the new building should be around 70,000 square feet. Company officials also hope to renovate the parking lot and its landscape.
City Planner Ricky Hoffman told KEZI 9 News that WinCo has been looking into building a location since 2019. This has generated mixed feelings from people in the community.
“There’s two stark stances on it,” he said. “There are the people who really want WinCo to be here, and there are the other people who feel like WinCo is an addition to the community that has too many grocery services.”
The Roseburg planning commission is expected to review and possibly vote on the site plan Monday night.
Hoffman said most projects usually do not need a review from the planning commission; however, he said it was necessary due to the size of the project.
One Roseburg resident told KEZI 9 News that they’re holding out hope that plans for WinCo follow through. They said it would make things a lot more convenient.
“I think it’s going to be great,” said Alex Breier. “Now we don’t have to drive all the way to Eugene to go to WinCo all the time. If it were here, I’d definitely use it.”
Another Roseburg resident said she’s looking forward to the possibility. However, she said she’s worried it may bring some competition to local grocery stores, like Sherm’s Thunderbird Market.
“I’m very fond of Sherm’s so I’ll probably stay with Sherm’s actually because I don’t do bulk shopping,” said Irene Jones. “We’re a husband-wife, retired couple. But I’m a sensitive to that for the local markets because I don’t want them hurt.”
Right now, there is no set date as to when the project could start or finish. However, the planning commissioner will take up the proposal again during their next meeting on May 3.