Visions for Vacancies: What Should Fill the Old Sumner QFC?

What kind of business would you like to see in the closed QFC grocery store on Parker Road in Sumner?

An anchor is missing in the shopping complex on Parker Road and Main Street in Sumner, after the Quality Food Centers (QFC) grocery store closed some years ago.

The commerical space, located in the same complex as Aversano's, could house any number of large businesses... maybe another grocery store, or a gym? What about a bouncy house party store?

What kind of business would you like to see move in to Sumner's old QFC building? Tell us in the comments. 

Ed Hammond January 11, 2013 at 02:30 AM
In the last 10 years we have seen Target, Fred Meyer, Walmart and Winco add grocery stores in the Sumner/Bonney Lake area. They are trying to get Costco in Bonney Lake on top of that. This over saturation killed Albertsons and I doubt that Trader Joes would risk it. I think they would choose South Hill first. I would love a Trader Joe's, don't get me wrong, I just don't know how likely that is. Bowling and Skating are not going to be viable in this day and age with other locations already available in the area. I would love to see laser tag, but the location is too large for that. Other places where I have lived have transformed old Grocery stores into restaurants (Like the Rock) ,discount stores like Big Lots!, Hardware stores, Community centers (like a youth or Senior center) and sporting good stores. The problem with doing some of those is the saturation of those types of places between South Hill and Bonney Lake already. While we are talking about all this, how about an Olive Garden? I always have to wait an hour to get into the one at South Hill Mall! It's like they want to throw money away, because we almost never feel like waiting an hour to eat!
Katharine Rode January 11, 2013 at 02:35 AM
A second-run theater with good, healthy food options would be great and popcorn with real butter. This town could also use a PCC. Whole Foods or Marlene's would be my second choice followed by Tacoma Boys and lastly Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's has some good stuff but they have a lot of junk too. I like PCC best because even though they are pricey in some areas, all of their produce is organic and reasonably priced(if it's in season) and you can't say that about any of the others. I also think a little competition for Fred Meyer might bring in more local, organic produce and that may also help curb pricing as well as help our neighboring farmers.
Kathleen January 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM
I called Trader's Joes a few weeks ago on this idea of locating in Sumner and it was a large "no". They said it did not fit their plans. Another grocery store would not work because there is saturation of grocery stores now. A bowling alley is 5 minutes away at Daffodil Bowling in Puyallup....too much competition. My vote would be for the City and School District to partner on purchasing the location (or at least a City purchase) for a Community Center with a small theater that could be used for movie events OR rented for corporate uses. Rooms that could be multi-use and rented for meeting usage (the Library rooms are alwasy books). Then, I strongly suggest working with UW to have a satelitte space for classes...It's perfect as it is far to go to Tacoma or Seattle...Students and citizens could take extension classes, for example. If there is room, a pool or skating rink. Then (as a community center) plan a Farmer's Market in the parking lot on weekends. As a community center you could have yearly craft shows, rooms for classes on sewing/crafts. Etc, etc.
Lauren Padgett January 12, 2013 at 02:20 AM
That's a really great idea, Kathleen! That side of town could use a place to hang out. There isn't much over that way, unless you want to go to the Starbucks on Valley or to a restaurant.
James K McClimans Sr January 12, 2013 at 08:00 PM
I like Kathleen's idea, maybe the Y could make use of the facility. What about a church.


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