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A full-service grocery store could be coming to Fife sooner rather than later.
Fife City Council has authorized the $1.25 million sale of about four acres of unused city land at the southwest corner of 70th Avenue East and 20th Street East to a developer who has plans for a grocery store on the property.
Jeffrey E. Davis, with Davis Development Services, LLC, has plans for an 11,000-square foot retail store that will sell meat, fresh produce, dairy, frozen foods and other miscellaneous foods and sundries found in standard grocery stores of similar size.
Chain grocery stores are often upward of 45,000-square-feet, while more boutique grocery stores such as Trader Joe's are often about half the size of their larger siblings, so the offerings at the new location will be more selective than those commonly found in larger locations. But the addition brings grocery offerings to Fife outside of Tahoma Market, which opened in 2013. The next closest grocery stores are the Fred Meyer on River Road and the Milton Alberson’s, which reopened in late 2016 after it had been closed for a year when it was bought by Haggen’s, which later went bankrupt.
The Davis project will be a development of two commercial buildings at the location. One building will be a retail complex of 20,200 square feet, with about half of the space dedicated to the grocery store and other associated retail uses. It is a two-story, concrete “tilt-up” commercial building fronting 20th Avenue East. Current concept designs show the second building will consist of a one-story building that will span 48,000 square feet that will be used for production, warehouse, distribution, wholesale and limited retail operations that will face 70th Street East.
The sale is contingent on the company obtaining the proper permits for development and construction by the end of the summer.
Davis is no stranger to Fife. The company partnered with LBA Realty to develop a 29-acre site in Fife into the $40 million Portside Industrial Center in 2015. That development includes six buildings that total about 500,0000 square feet of commercial space that also include walking paths, benches and a retention pond located at the front of the park.