Pamplin Media Group – Wilco announces expansion plans in Prineville – Portland Tribune
Expanding offerings by relocating to the east side of town, to a U.S. Highway 26 property near Taco Bell
Last week, Wilco finally revealed why a large chunk of land west of Taco Bell is getting cleared for construction.
The farmer-owned cooperative, with a current location on North Gardner Road in Prineville, recently announced plans to expand its offerings by relocating to the east side of town, to a U.S. Highway 26 property where a new store will be built from the ground up.
According to the announcement, the new store will not only be more than five times the size of the current location, it will add 10-20 new jobs and will provide the necessary space to add a garden center, workwear and footwear department, True Value hardware and pet grooming services.
Wilco is headquartered in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with roots that go back to the 1930s. It has since evolved into one of the West’s largest agricultural cooperatives, and currently serves more than 500,000 customers with a farmer-owner base of nearly 3,000.
The new facility is scheduled to open mid-year 2023.
“We’re excited to grow our Prineville location to provide additional items and services to a community that has been supporting us for many years. I grew up and graduated from high school in Prineville and I know firsthand that it’s a great community to be a part of,” said TJ Colson, Wilco’s president of retail stores.
“Relocating to this new location allows Wilco to expand and enhance what is currently our smallest store, provide additional convenience for the growing community of Prineville, while combining all of the same offerings that our farm stores are famous for,” Colson added.
The new location is part of the new Ochoco Mill project, owned by Ochoco Lumber Company. Broker Mark Banta, with Commercial Realty Advisors NW, represented Wilco on the lease transaction.
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