Ismail Arslangiray, president of Arsland development and owner of DuPont’s 76 gas station, said today he intends to build a boutique grocery store near his new hotel development on the corner of DuPont/Steilacoom Road and Barksdale Avenue in DuPont.
Arslangiray said DuPont business owners and residents have waited too long for a grocery to be built in the community and he intends to either contract with an H&L Produce-like vendor or open such a store himself.
For years, Mike Rabstoff, president of Miravest Inc. and managing member of DuPont Station Partners LLC, has worked to get a grocer to enter the market in DuPont, but with little success. Rabstoff did say he was close to inking a deal with a grocer to come into DuPont Station.
“We are in serious negotiations with a specific operator and we hope to have an announcement in 30 to 60 days that a full-service grocery store will be located at the corner of McNeil and Center Drive. This would be in conjunction with a couple of other major development components that we plan to announce at the same time,” he said.
Rabstoff said the grocery element has been a planned part of the development of DuPont Station from the beginning and he has no plans of abandoning the grocery store plan, even if Arslangiray plans to bring a grocer in less than one mile away. He said he doesn’t know whether DuPont can handle two groceries.
“It will prove itself,” Rabstoff said. “I have no opinion on the matter.”
Arslangiray, one of the largest private property holders in DuPont, said his store would be more of an upscale destination shop and would feature a deli, meat counter, produce section and bakery.
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