WinCo Foods

WinCo Foods, which will build a store at 71st Street and Memorial Drive, is an employee-owned chain that prides itself on low consumer costs and bulk grocery offerings. It doesn’t accept credit cards and has no baggers. RHETT MORGAN/Tulsa World

Discount grocer WinCo Foods is targeting early spring 2020 for the opening of its first store in Tulsa, a company spokesman said.

Construction fencing should be up by early next week for the site in the Crossing Oaks Shopping Center, which is at the southwest corner of 71st Street and Memorial Drive, WinCo spokesman Noah Fleisher wrote in an email.

The Idaho-based chain announced that it was coming to Tulsa more than two years ago. Since then, the company has opened three stores in Oklahoma — in Moore, Oklahoma City and Midwest City.

“Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state,” Fleisher said in February 2017 at an open house for WinCo’s $135 million distribution center in Denton, Texas. “It sees the need for good groceries at reasonable prices.

“It’s an area that boasts a lot of business.

“It’s an area that boasts a great population, and where it is is perfect in relation to Dallas and in relation to Oklahoma City. It gives a way to sort of triangulate between north Texas and Oklahoma. It grows beautifully.”

The roughly 85,000-square-foot store in Tulsa is scheduled to employ about 180 full- and part-time workers.

Rich Charrier, executive vice president and chief operating officer, grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Memorial High School in the 1970s.

WinCo, which doesn’t accept credit cards and has no baggers, prides itself on low consumer costs. It also operates on an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, meaning employees are partial owners of the company.

Founded in 1967 and based in Boise, Idaho, WinCo has most of its stores clustered in the western United States.

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Rhett Morgan


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