CDA Press: WinCo Expands in North Idaho

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WinCo has managed to expand its business while taking care of its employees. - LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman
  • WinCo has managed to expand its business while taking care of its employees.

Boise-based grocery store chain WinCo is expanding its reach in North Idaho. According to the Coeur d’Alene Press, WinCo opened a 77,000-square-foot outlet in Coeur d'Alene this morning, bringing on 200 employees.

The Coeur d’Alene store makes 10 in Idaho for WinCo, but only its second north of Boise—the other is located in Moscow. WinCo also unveiled a new store in Norco, Calif., making 90 stores nationwide, with nearly 15,000 employees.

Founded in 1967 in Boise, WinCo posted $5 billion in revenue as of November 2012, ranking it No. 68 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Its employee-owned model and low-cost strategy has earned the company big props from industry analysts, including Burt Flickinger III of Strategic Resource Group, who was widely reported as saying WinCo may be “Wal-Mart’s worst nightmare.”




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