Idaho-based WinCo Foods is coming to McKinney, Texas. And across the street? A Walmart and its companion, Sam’s Club — are a stone’s throw away from WinCo Foods new digs at University Dr. (Hwy 380) and N. Graves in McKinney — site of the recently demolished court building.
But we don’t think WinCo (short for Winning Company) is intimidated.
And why should they be? WinCo Foods plans to compete with, if not beat, Walmart at their own game. Low prices. We’re predicting a spirited battle as this David vs. Goliath, Texas-sized food fight kicks off in early 2014.
Of course, there’s nothing like competition to bring down prices – making the real winners McKinney consumers.
Price-cutting from every angle
From bagging your own groceries, to buying direct from farms and factories, to saving on credit card fees by only accepting debit cards, cash, or checks – WinCo attacks price-cutting from every angle.
WinCo stores are no frills, clean, well-organized, easy to navigate and staffed with WinCo’s secret weapon: their employee owners, an engaged group of cheerleaders who want to be there, and whose average tenure is 8 years.
While Walmart stores seek to hire temporary workers, understaff stores and limit benefits to save money, WinCo does its employees the right way – providing benefits for full-time and part-time workers averaging more than 24 hours a week, and a pension plan that has many long-term non-executive employees sitting on million dollar retirement accounts.
If you’re interested, hiring will begin about two months before the store opens and will be staffed by a management team transferring in from existing stores.
So, if you’re like me and appreciate a little value in your grocery shopping, it looks like we’re in luck. WinCo is a winning proposition for McKinney residents and, perhaps, local suppliers.
In the meantime, we’ll be hitting up the farmer’s market while we wait for our new low-price Supermarket.