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WinCo plans expansion of Ceres warehouse
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WinCo Foods is planning an expansion of its warehouse on Crows Landing Road west of Ceres.

The food chain has been operating its 720,000 square foot food distribution warehouse in Ceres since 2004. Plans are to add an additional 100,160 square feet of dry warehouse space with 18 new loading docks. Another 25,645 square feet is to be added to the existing freezer. The expansion will bring the facility to a size of 845,000 square feet on the 107-acre site.

Before the city of Ceres can process the application, a traffic study must be completed as called for by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The City Council hired the firm of Willdan Group at its Dec. 10 meeting. The study will address impacts to traffic and the environment.

The plant is primarily accessed by Crows Landing Road. When the plant was constructed, WinCo was required to minimize impacts on local roads. They had to make improvements to several key intersections along Crows Landing Road.

The Ceres warehouse was the second for WinCo Foods, which has 60 stores throughout five states. The name of the store is derived from those five states by taking the first letter of: Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California and Oregon. The warehouse is used to store perishable and non-perishable goods for all California and Nevada stores.

WinCo's only other warehouse is located in Woodburn, Ore., where the greatest concentration of WinCo stores are located.

WinCo started in Boise, Idaho when Ralph Ward and Bud Williams founded a discount warehouse grocery store under the name Waremart. The company operated as Waremart Food Centers and Cub Foods until 1998 when it changed its storefront name and the corporate name to WinCo Foods, which is short for Winning Company.