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The Dallas Business Journal reports that "WinCo Foods is expecting to add about 400 jobs in North Texas when it opens its first two Texas supermarkets within the year and a half ... The two stores will be between 92,000 and 97,000 square feet on 12 acres in McKinney, near the former University Drive Courts Facility, and on 12 acres near Sycamore School and Crowley roads in Fort Worth. The company plans its future sites to be smaller, ranging between 85,000 to 90,000 square feet."

And there will be future stores. A WinCo spokesman says that the company has identified a number of additional sites that it is working on obtaining.

According to the story, "The Idaho-based grocer is currently planning how it will recruit employees, and expects to begin the hiring process about two months before the stores open. It will transfer a small management team from its other locations to head up the North Texas locations."
KC's View:
It is this last paragraph that should most concern the competition. Because WinCo has great people in its system, and if they're moving to Dallas to help run those stores, it means they will hit the ground running.