So what’s the story behind all those shipping containers sitting in a cordoned-off section of the Albany Fred Meyer parking lot?
I passed the lot on a bike ride Tuesday and wondered about the 23 containers sitting there. Why were they there? Today I got the answer:
Fred Meyer, part of the nationwide Kroger chain of supermarkets, is remodeling the Albany store.
Again? Didn’t they just remodel the store?
Yes, they did, and I was reminded that it was 10 years ago. Another proof, as though we needed any, that time flies and the older you get the faster it flies.
As I understand it, the company refreshes its stores about once every 10 years. This time, the store is expanding the grocery department and, among other things, widening the aisles.
Anyway, all those shipping containers are full of material needed in the remodeling, which I was told is already underway although I didn’t see any outward sign of construction.
The containers were clustered near the little building off Waverly Drive that used to hold a branch of the Bank of America until the branch closed. The building appears to be undergoing some work inside.
There’s been online chatter that a fast-food outlet plans to occupy the place. Maybe so, but that would require an approved site plan. No site plan approval or building permit has been requested from the City of Albany.
From the city’s planning division I understand that there was one pre-application meeting for a restaurant-type use last year. But so far no plans have been filed. (hh)