Bellevue Fred Meyer store plans major renovation

On April 23, Bellevue's Fred Meyer store will close for a massive remodel and expansion for most of the year.

On April 23, Bellevue’s Fred Meyer store will close for a massive remodel and expansion for most of the year.

The store, located at 2041 148th Ave. NE, will close until November while construction crews work to add 13,000 square feet in the $22 million project.

According to Zach Stratton, community affairs specialist for Fred Meyer and QFC stores, it’s unusual for a Fred Meyer to close during renovation, but the scale of the project is such that closing the store would be a quicker and safer option.

The remodel will add polished concrete floors, more efficient lighting, skylights, motion-sensor LED coolers, new entryways, outdoor seating, an expanded food department, a Murray’s cheese shop and a growler station.

According to a press release, all store employees have been offered positions at other Fred Meyer stores with the option to return to Bellevue after construction.

Fred Meyer Jewelers and Chase Bank will stay open in temporary structures on the lot.

The grand reopening is planned for mid-November.

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