The company interested in taking over the only full service grocery store in downtown Juneau says it’s close to signing a lease agreement with the owners of the Foodland Shopping Center.
Tyler Myers, president of Whidbey Island-based Myers Group, LLC, says he’s hoping to find out by Monday whether he’ll get the financing he needs to remodel the space. It’s currently occupied by the Alaskan & Proud Market, and Myers says the plan is to keep the store open during renovation.
Myers Group owns about half a dozen IGA Markets in western Washington, including stores in downtown Tacoma and Seattle.
Ketchikan-based Alaskan & Proud announced in April that its Juneau location would close in early September. The store recently cut hours. Several shelves sit empty, and a number of employees have left for other jobs.
The Foodland Shopping Center is owned by the Rosenberger family of Juneau. Their realtor John Williams has declined to comment on ongoing negotiations.
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