Contributed by Jim Kolb
Three Bears Alaska is happy to announce the forthcoming December 2017 grand-opening of our newest store in Healy, Alaska.
This will be a large and state-of-the-art grocery store and commercial complex that we’re eager to launch. The store will be approximately 37,000 square feet in size, and we anticipate hiring local residents first and foremost, with about 25 staff members in the winter and 40 in the summer, mixed between part-time and full-time positions.
We perceive the store to be a conventional grocery store with a “warehouse flare”. The new Healy location will also have an Ace Hardware store, full line of sporting goods (guns, hunting, fishing, camping, apparel, and hunting and fishing licensure), liquor store with growler bar, pet feed, Shell fuel station, full retail propane, home heating oil, hi-flow diesel pumps for bus and semi-truck rigs and free delivery in the summer months to local businesses.
Three Bears Alaska was started in 1980 by founder, Larry Weisz Sr., in Tok, Alaska. The company has grown from its original community store to employing over 500 Alaskans and operating nine stores statewide in Kenai, Chugiak, Palmer, Knik-Goose Bay (KGB) Wasilla, Meadow Lakes, Big Lake, Houston and Tok. The new Healy store will the company’s 10th in Alaska.
Our target consumer at the new Healy store will be those in need of goods and services in the Denali Borough, including residents, workers, tourists and Alaskans driving on the road system from the Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su, Anchorage and Fairbanks Borough communities. Denali Borough patrons and residents will particularly benefit because of the new store’s central location in the region.
The store is sure to boost the local economy through employment, sales and service in a time when Alaska needs sustainable growth. To that end, we’re pleased to be part of a growing economy thanks to loyal, valued customers.
In concert with the new Healy project, remains the successful operation of our Mat-Su and Birchwood stores which serve and employ Valley and Chugiak residents. We continue to focus on local, Alaskan farm-fresh produce and foods, and a diverse assortment of outdoor and fishing/hunting equipment. Healy’s opening adds to customer opportunities, and we look forward to enhancing the community.
For more information contact:
Jim Kolb, Marketing Director
Three Bears Alaska, Inc.