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Discount grocery chain to fill Billings Kmart space

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BILLINGS - The shuttered Kmart building on the Billings West End will soon be redeveloped as a WinCo, a Boise-based discount grocery chain.

David Mitchell, a broker at Billings-based Coldwell Commercial Banker, said Monday WinCo, which operates 114 stores nationwide, will lease the space. Mitchell represents the land owner.

The no-frills store is known for keeping prices low by not accepting credit cards or offering a bagging service. Most WinCo stores do accept debit cards.

The Kmart building will be torn down and the developers of WinCo will build a new structure.

Mitchell said the grocery store will likely be about 80,000 square feet, leaving space for three other small retail or fast food shops out front.

Mitchell did not say which other retailers might be interested in the remaining spaces.

WinCo is in the final steps of what Mitchell called “government approval,” where the project must obtain zoning approval and building permits.

Mitchell said a groundbreaking is planned to take place in about four to eight months. The store operate across the street from another grocery store, Albertsons.

The contract was approved about six months ago, according to Mitchell.

Kmart closed in July 2016, along with several other Kmarts across Montana. The space was among the largest retail vacancies in Billings. 

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