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Fred Meyer eyes Ketchikan lot

Posted: Monday, January 20, 2003

KETCHIKAN (AP) -- Fred Meyer is considering purchasing about nine acres for a large grocery store near 4 Mile North Tongass Highway.

''We have entered into an agreement that enables us to control the lot while we look at it,'' said Rob Boley, Fred Meyer assistant vice president for public relations. ''But it's way too early to tell if we'll ever come to Ketchikan.''

Company officials, including Tom Gibbons, senior site acquisition manager, met Thursday with city and Ketchikan Gateway Borough officials.

The company will take whatever time is necessary to analyze the market in Ketchikan before making a final decision, Boley said.

If the company comes to Ketchikan, it will build a 60,000- to 100,000-square-foot Fred Meyer Marketplace store, he said. The company has been considering Ketchikan for many years and recently decided to seriously analyze a store's feasibility, Boley said.



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