July 27, 2014
The last half of July has been crazy in Soldotna with so many people coming here to fish. Every lot, every RV park, every campground is full of RV’s and one big grocery store has found a way to make sure everyone is happy. The Fred Meyer grocery store in Soldotna allows RV’s to park overnight in their lot. They even provide a free dump station, trash bins and a fresh water source to keep those RV’s chugging along. And while you are waiting in line to use the dump station you might need to use the rest room yourself so there are port-a-potties lined up along the road where you are waiting. So did they do this to be nice or to make a lot of friends who will spend a lot of money in their store? The answer is easy, but it certainly is a big hit as on any given night in July they have 40 to 50 RV’s in their parking lot.
Throughout the northwest, Fred Meyer is a one stop shop with groceries, clothes, hardware, auto supplies, etc. It’s very similar to a Walmart Superstore and it is owned by Kroger. So like King Soopers, also owned by Kroger they have their own gas station and our King Soopers card works here too giving us a discount on fuel just like in Colorado. With the price of diesel in Soldotna is at $4.40 that alone buys our patronage!
Cliff has chatted with many of the employees in the store and found out that most of their produce is shipped up by boat from Seattle with only a limited amount being trucked up. Which explains the hit or miss in the fresh food area. They believe that each RV owner is spending on average about $1,000 in the store. Perhaps they are a big business because they are providing what people want? Yes, we shop, pump and dump at Fred Meyer!
Cliff and Cyndy