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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. 

Laurie Miller January 10, 2013 at 02:38 AM
Trader Joe's all the way
Sue Muxen January 10, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Trader Joe's!
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 03:43 AM
We've had a lot of interesting ideas about this over on our Facebook page (http://Facebook.com/bonneylakesumnerpatch)... Many would like to see another grocery store in the area - although a sporting goods store was another popular suggestion.
Melissa January 10, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Bowling Alley would be awesome for the community as it could be for all ages.
Kandi Holgren January 10, 2013 at 03:14 PM
I would love to see a Whole Foods or a PCC. Marlene's would be awesome and Trader Joes would at least be along the right line, all though at the bottom of my list personally. It would be lovely to have access to a larger selection of heathy and healthful items than we currently do.
Chris Cheek January 10, 2013 at 03:44 PM
I agree. Trader Joe's was my first thought as well.
DeeAnn Single January 10, 2013 at 04:57 PM
an organic supermarket..not trader how's....we need a healthy alternative in our area with descent prices
Nicole Remington January 10, 2013 at 04:58 PM
If you ask my kids, they'd prefer either indoor paintball (teenagers have so little to DO around here) or an indoor playplace for bigger kids like an Odyssey1. I know Jumpin Jack and Jill is in the same complex, but my kids have outgrown that. My opinion is Trader Joes!!!!
DeeAnn Single January 10, 2013 at 05:01 PM
an organic supermarket..not trader joe's it's very over rated....we need a healthy alternative in our area with descent prices, whole foods marlenes something like that
Mary Hall January 10, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Trader Joe's!
Lauren Padgett (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Many on our Facebook page also suggested a bowling alley - which I thought was a pretty cool idea.
shannon January 10, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Back in the '60s it there was a bowling alley in the same spot!!
Lise January 10, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Trader Joe of course or an organic grocery store next or an alternative to garage sale indoor as long as it doesn't become a made in China mall with each stalls with the same cheap trinkets. A place for kids and teenagers would also be a great idea with skating or bowling without the video stuff that they already get too much of.
Patrick Reed January 10, 2013 at 06:34 PM
A standard grocer wouldnt survive directly between Fred Meyer and Winco. Don't know for sure but there may have been an agreement with FM about future grocers to consider. Something alternate like a Trader Joes maybe could make it. My kids would love a Chuck E Cheese or Odessy. Maybe a Big 5 or a split the building to hold 2 or 3 larger retailers.
Shawnette January 10, 2013 at 08:59 PM
Bowling is close on Main Street puyallup. 10 min from there. Trader joes. Marlene's. whole foods. Are all a far drive. Although a fun place like skating. Paintball etc. would seem fun. I don't think it would last. People just don't have 100$ extra these days for a few hours of fun. A lot of people will travel to get trader joes. So I'm sure it will survive.
Shawnette January 10, 2013 at 09:02 PM
With a trader joes or Marlene's you could still split the building and do two places. More revenue that way :-)
Dan January 10, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Trader Joe's would be awesome but another idea, convert to an indoor / outdoor meeting space like Pioneer in Puyallup. A farmers market in and around the farms would be a wonderful addition to our city.
Melody January 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Bowling Alley or a indoor skate park for both roller skates and skate board, or TraderJoes
Kristine January 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM
Trader Joe's! Not sure why some believe it's over rated? They have amazingly low prices and carry a huge selection of hormone free dairy products... organic produce... meats...(the ONLY place you can find uncured whole hams and other uncured products... cheaply...; a decent and growing selection of grass fed meats... cheaply... south of Bellevue/Seattle) plus so many fun, rare finds, etc. Love, love that place. I'd also appreciate a Marlene's, Tacoma Boys... even a craft store of some sort- move Ben Franklin's down the hill! Or an inexpensive, $2 type movie theater. Maybe an indoor farmer's market..... What exactly is the deal with ownership on the space? Many people believe it is owned by Kroger... others say they still have the lease on it. Either way, rumor has it Kroger will not "allow" another grocer. Is this true? If so, how long will this ban be allowed? It's getting a bit ridiculous and is such a disservice to Sumner residents. It seems rather selfish.
yvonne January 11, 2013 at 01:24 AM
I like the idea of an old fashion theater :) reasonably priced for kids and Seniors on matinees An Outback Steak house
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 (Editor) 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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