WinCo erects fence around former Shopko site despite court battle


EUGENE, Ore. – Despite being in the middle of a legal battle with some residents of North Eugene, WinCo reports that it is starting construction on a new store near Coburg Road.

Fences were erected around the old Shopko building, dumpsters were moved and a mobile office was placed in the parking lot. KEZI contacted WinCo’s head office regarding site activity, but they did not respond. However, it is a sign that the company is starting construction on its new store, approved by Eugene City Council in 2020.


KEZI spoke to Shari Brown, who works near the mall. 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 this is a specific grocery store in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and California. I have known people who worked there and they were treated well. . “

Others who live in the area have tried to stop the project. Some wrote in public testimony that a WinCo would create a traffic nightmare on Coburg Road and Chad Drive. Living Strong LLC, the owner of McKenzie in Crescent Village, appealed a city decision allowing WinCo to build a reconstructed rear loading dock and bottle collection center on the site of the old Shopko.

The Oregon Land Use Appeal Board sided with WinCo, but lawyers for Living Strong LLC appealed to the Oregon Court of Appeal. No decision of this tribunal has been rendered.


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