March 15, 2009 in Idaho Voices

WinCo Foods begins to plan for store in Coeur d’Alene

By Correspondent

Ah, hinting about a “secret” is fun. It’s amazing how many readers try to weasel the information. Last week the clue was about an upcoming, large store – well, here it is. Maybe.

WinCo Foods is filing the preliminary paperwork for a 95,000-square-foot store in the northeast corner of the intersection of Appleway and Ramsey Road in Coeur d’Alene. The physical store itself is at least two years away in the acreage that now is a combination gravel-sand pit.

With the success of two new stores in Spokane, WinCo is banking on the same for here. The WinCo stores have everything a supermarket usually has – groceries, meats, produce, bulk foods, a bakery and a large deli. The new store would employ about 200 people.

With its headquarters in Boise, the employee-owned company started in 1967 as Waremart and has 68 stores in the West. With the current stores in Washington, Idaho, Nevada, California and Oregon, customers often think the name WinCo comprises the first letters of those states. Wrong. It stands for “winning company.” The first guess would be messy anyway when the company adds possible stores in Montana and Utah.

WinCo is open 24 hours. Check

Toro Viejo moves in Hayden

A building that has been a health clinic is now a new Toro Viejo Restaurant & Cantina at 9075 Government Way, Hayden. The move from five blocks north was for a better location and more parking, according to Ruben Briseno, who owns the company with his wife, Maria, and mother Gerania.

The renovated building has a dining room on the east and the full-bar cantina on the west with the entry hall and kitchen between. It offers a complete Mexican menu as well as food to go and catering. The place seats 90 customers.

The Briseno family came from the Costa Guadalajara area of Mexico to California many years ago, then to Seattle. Ruben followed a sister to Spokane and on to Coeur d’Alene where he started the Toro Viejo on Second Street in 1992. Restaurants in Hayden, Post Falls and Rathdrum followed. The new location has 15 employees, and the four together 50 to 60.

Hayden hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Phone 762-5120.

Taryn Hecker Photo in Spirit Lake

With a motto of “Priceless, Not Pricey,” Taryn A. Hecker Photography has opened at 6147 W. Maine St., Spirit Lake. The studio is in Suite 8 in the upper story of the Heritage Building, which once was the officers’ quarters for the Farragut Naval Base.

With several years of media experience, Hecker says she offers “high-quality, artistic portraits at recession-friendly prices.” Infant, children, family, maternity and pet portraits are $50 per session. Senior portraits are $99 and weddings $500. She’ll also shoot events and commercial work either in her studio or on location. Customers may order prints through her Web site or use the high-resolution CD on their own.

Her work has been in The Inlander, The River Journal, Inland Business Catalyst, InHealth magazine, The Coeur d’Alene Press and The Spokesman-Review. She took photography and journalism courses at North Idaho College.

Phone 661-3891 for information or an appointment. Check

Several retail and office spaces remain in the newly refurbished building. Contact real estate agent Sue Fox at 818-5282.

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or Thanks!

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