Wilco Cooperative today announced the June 6, 8:00 a.m. opening of a 37,000 square foot retail operation in Bremerton, Washington, that will provide area residents access to a wide variety of supplies and services to support pets, gardeners, homeowners, and the rural lifestyle.
Located at 4330 Wheaton Way, the new store will employ a staff of 35, primarily drawn from the local community. This is the sixth Wilco store in Washington, with an additional 13 located throughout Oregon.
“The Bremerton area doesn’t yet have a store like Wilco’s, so we’re looking forward to serving an unmet need to consumers,” said Jenifer Garwood, Bremerton store manager who brings 20 years of retail experience to her position.
The Wilco store will include a 5,000-square-foot greenhouse, 4,500-sqare-foot clothing and footwear pad, over 10,000-sqare-foot pet and livestock feed warehouse, a dog-grooming shop, animal health and fencing supplies, as well as an extensive hardware and Benjamin Moore paint department. The store will also offer a seasonal range of chick breeds; on hand in June will be Buff Orpington, Ameraucana, Delaware and Dominique chicks.
“Our goal is to supply top-rated, quality brands across all our departments, bringing the best these industries have to offer to customers,” said Garwood. “We’re also focused on delivering exceptional customer service, and our periodic promotions and Wilco Family Rewards program deliver even more value.”
The Grand Opening event planned for June 21 – 24 will include drawings for 19 prizes ranging in value from $100 for a Farnam equine gift pack, to a $799 Traeger BBQ, and up to $999 for a YardMax log splitter. Coupons and numerous special deals across the store will also be on offer, and during “Free Hat Friday” on June 22, customers spending more than $20 will receive a free baseball cap. During a preview sale on June 10 and 11, Wilco’s “Bucket Sale” will offer 20 percent off anything that fits inside a 5-gallon bucket, and 10 percent off everything else in the store.
In addition to its economic and employment benefits, Wilco will also deliver on its commitment to the Bremerton community, part of its philosophy as a farmer-owned cooperative. As an example, during the Grand Opening events, local FFA members will be on hand serving hotdogs to raise money for their programs.
“In all the communities we serve, Wilco becomes a strong supporter of programs like 4H, FFA, youth livestock auctions, sports facilities and dog parks, as well as other local programs like community gardens,” said Mike Williams, Wilco District Manager. “We also become active members of the local business community through the Chambers of Commerce, and support the military through participation in events like the recent Armed Forces Day.”
As a special service and in recognition of the cooperative’s appreciation and respect for our country, Wilco also offers a flag retirement program through which residents can bring in their worn flags for proper retirement by the company working with local Boy Scout troops.
ABOUT WILCO COOPERATIVE
Wilco is a farmer-owned cooperative headquartered in Mt. Angel, Oregon, with roots that go back to the 1930’s. Since then, Wlco has evolved into the Northwest’s largest and most sophisticated ag supply cooperative, and today serves the unique needs of over 500,000 customers with a member base of over 3,000 strong. Wilco delivers three main service lines to support these members: hazelnut processing and marketing, bulk petroleum and the retail stores, which are also open to the public. Wilco is also part of the Valley Agronomics joint venture and is committed to delivering on its core values and supporting communities, with a focus on growth and innovation in supplying today’s agricultural needs. To learn more, visit the website at http://www.wilco.coop.