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Fred Meyer unveils remodeled store
Fred Meyer officials, along with members of the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce, Fathoms o’ Fun royalty and city officials, participated in a ribbon cutting for the newly remodeled Fred Meyer store today in Port Orchard.
According to Pauletta Peterson, human resource administrator for the local Fred Meyer store, the entire facility went through a $12 million remodeling project that lasted seven months.
“We feel it’s well worth it and we’re happy with it,” Peterson said.
Earlier in the week, employees were putting the finishing touches on all the departmental displays.
“We started the remodel on April 8,” Peterson said. “Everything has retro colors from the 1970s with the blue, greens and gold.
As customers enter the building at the left-hand entrance, they will find the Starbucks has been moved to the front of the store.
“We moved it from the middle to the front,” Peterson said. “That has doubled their business.”
In the apparel department, Peterson said there has been plenty of changes, including a higher ceiling, new wood interior and carpet and brighter lighting. There is a new larger and upgraded shoe department.
Another change is the fitting rooms, which feature five rooms for women and two for men.
Peterson said the remodel included moving all the baby items — from formula to toys — into one section.
“We put all the baby stuff together so customers won’t have to go all over the store to get bottles and baby clothing,” Peterson said. “Customers used to have to have to go to four different areas to find baby items. It’s all in one place.”
Peterson said the sushi bar, bakery and deli area were expanded. The store includes a new salad bar, cheese kiosk, olive bar and wine-tasting station.
In the meat department, Peterson said customers will notice the new casing featuring fresh meats and seafood.
“It’s very exciting to see everything that is fresh and new,” Peterson said. “Everyone, including our employees, are loving it. Some customers have had challenges finding items because of the remodel and moving things around.”
Peterson said during the last few weeks, there has been an increase in customers.
“We’re starting to pick up again and we’re expecting to see a lot of people this weekend,” she said. “We go from this into the holidays.”
In the grocery section, most items are marked with a sign overhead making it easier for customers to find items.
“Everything is marked,” Peterson said. “You can’t really can’t miss anything once you start looking.”
The store’s home department has been updated and space increased.
Peterson said other changes include new skylights and a smooth polished concrete floor that replaced the old tile.
“The floors are a lot more environmentally friendly because we don’t have to use the wax to clean them,” Peterson said.
In the sporting goods department, a new gun case was installed.
Peterson said the store hired about 60 employees in March and has retained most. All but 12 were placed into permanent positions — six as temporary and the other six are waiting to be placed.
The new furniture section has been expanded and features more items.
The cosmetic department was moved from apparel into the front of health and beauty section.
“That has more than doubled our sales,” Peterson said.
The electronic and jewelry department remained in the same location, but expanded.
In the cashiers’ section of the store, the customer service desk has been moved, but three of the check stands were moved into an express checkout section.
“The express checkout section is where our cigarettes are and people who need to check out several items,” Peterson said.
There are two additional self-checkout stands available.
“We are the best and newest Fred Meyer in the area,” Peterson said.