There’s a brand new place to shop for groceries, stop for lunch, and discover new foods in Gig Harbor.
The new Gig Harbor store is an experiment for Kroger, which also owns Fred Meyer, QFC, and other stores around the country. Main & Vine will be the first of its kind, and there’s the hope that stores across the nation will follow Gig Harbor’s lead.
“We are so thankful that you’re finally open and we are so excited to be the first (Main & Vine) store,” said Gig Harbor Mayor Jill Guernsey.
South Sound got a sneak peak of the brand new store before the Feb. 3 opening day.
The store is open and bright, with fresh produce and organics spread throughout the store. There’s also a variety on in-house lunch and dinner options such as pizza, salads, dumplings, and sandwiches. The store will have “endless aisles,” which means shoppers who don’t find what they’re looking for can order on a tablet in the store and have the item shipped to their home.
Dann Kohl, store manager, said the mission of the store is to provide fresh food at affordable prices. The other goal is to be a presence in the community. The store will be the premiere sponsor to the Waterfront Farmers Market in downtown Gig Harbor. At the VIP store opening event, the store presented $2,500 to the Gig Harbor FISH Food Bank and $2,500 to Key Peninsula Community Services.
“Our number one focus is community,” Kohl said.
Things moved quickly for Kroger in opening the store. The Gig Harbor QFC closed for remodel only five months ago. What followed was a transformation into a brand new, bright, and open concept grocery store. There’s the desire to spread the concept, but for now Main & Vine is celebrating its arrival in Gig Harbor.
“We’ll see how this one goes,” said Buffy Turner, senior merchandiser for Main & Vine. “We’re excited and think this will be awesome.”
Main & Vine will open its doors to the community at 7 a.m. Feb. 3.
Photos by Karen Miller