On Wednesday, March 29, the Bellevue Fred Meyer finally reopened to the public.
The store, located at 2041 148th Ave. NE, was closed in April of 2016 for a complete remodel. It was scheduled to reopen in November of that year.
The $22 million project added 13,000 square feet.
According to Zach Stratton, community affairs specialist for Fred Meyer and QFC stores, it’s unusual for a Fred Meyer to close during a remodel, but the scale of the project is such that closing the store would be a quicker and safer option.
The remodel added 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 were offered positions at other Fred Meyer stores with the option to return to Bellevue after construction.