The old Kmart building in Billings, MT.

WinCo Foods files paperwork to build on old Kmart lot in Billings

WinCo Foods, the grocery store chain moving into the old Kmart property on 24th Street West and Central Avenue, filed plans Monday with the city’s Building Division for permits to build its store.

The paperwork includes plans for a traditional, large grocery store just more than 88,100 square feet and estimated to cost $6.8 million. It also sketches out site improvements to the vast parking lot already on the site that include landscaping and better storm drainage.

WinCo would demolish the Kmart building and construct a new grocery store from the ground up. WinCo would own the store; the land would be leased to WinCo by Modakco LLC of Rapid City, South Dakota, which owns the property.

It can be a weeks-long process for the permits to be approved and issued as each city department affected by the store’s potential building project must sign off. Once the city approves the project and permits are issued, WinCo would then have a six-month window to begin work, meaning construction would likely begin in late spring or early summer.

The store would be WinCo’s first in Montana. However, it’s not the first time the company has shown interest in the state.

In April 2016, WinCo announced plans to build a store in Bozeman. By November of that year, the company had withdrawn its plan, citing the city’s design requirements, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.

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