A third major grocery chain is coming to Fountain, Colorado with a planned King Soopers set to anchor a 21-acre development at the intersection of Mesa Ridge Pkwy and Syracuse St.
Right now, shoppers have options with Safeway and Walmart as the largest grocery chains in town. There are also smaller establishments like Family Dollar.
The project site is east of I-25 and N Santa Fe Ave, the main arteries in which people come into Fountain. Right across Mesa Ridge Parkway is Widefield School District 3's Mesa Ridge High School. The development will also be built in an area in Fountain that has seen a lot of growth and development in the past few years.
Lance Hinsley, a resident in Security-Widefield said “I think it’s going to be very beneficial for people who do live around here. It’ll take a lot of pressure off of the traffic in Mesa Hill… It’ll also be beneficial to expand the grocery shopping, instead of being an aerial food dessert.”
Kimberly Bailey, the economic development and urban renewal director at the City of Fountain, said the development will close the gap in $42 million of consumer leakage spending. It will also help address needs in the growing community.
“We are continually under-serving the needs of our community with the growing of our population base. And so procuring those additional retailers, grocers, lifestyle services, as well as pharmacy medical scope is tremendously value for a growing community,” said Bailey.
She also said the city will be expanding its transit system to accommodate for stops in the area.
The project from Evergreen Devco is not listed on the company's website and a press release does not include a detailed timeline for the development, only an opening date of 2025 for the King Soopers location.
According to the City of Fountain, the project with King Soopers at the center will have "inline shops and multiple outparcel development opportunities", and "will further invest in utility and transportation infrastructure which will allow for additional outparcels to become available for future retail services for the community."
The closest King Soopers location to Fountain right now is in Colorado Springs on the corner of Astrozon Blvd and Hancock Expressway, about 7 miles away.
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