CHUGIAK, Alaska — Three Bears, a combination grocery store and warehouse, is opening its eighth store in Alaska.
The Chugiak location, a 50,000-square-foot building, is expected to open by June, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star reported (http://is.gd/WXDJyx).
Three Bears is a full grocery store that also sells sporting goods, household items, alcohol and pet supplies. It also offers Costco bulk products, but will sell them in smaller quantities.
The chain attempts to be user-friendly by placing complementary items, like cereal and milk, adjacent to each other, said Steve Mierop, Three Bears vice president and chief financial officer.
"We want to make it a great experience for our customers," he said.
The chain has three stores in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, two in Tok and one each in Seward and Kenai. The new location is expected to create up to 80 jobs, and Three Bears will now employ more than 500 people.
Mierop said each location is tailed to the community it serves.
"We'll have ethnic products in one store that we won't necessarily have in another because there's a demand in a particular community," he said.
The Chugiak store is being built on land owned by Eklutna Inc.