Group appeals city’s approval of WinCo grocery store

A group of local food and retail union members have appealed the city’s decision to approve site plans for WinCo Foods, requiring review by the Bozeman City Commission before the grocery retailer can move forward with plans.

The six workers from Bozeman and Belgrade broadly criticized nearly every aspect of WinCo’s plans in their appeal, listing concerns about aesthetics, environmental sustainability, the store’s affect on locally owned businesses, building design and traffic. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local-4 Union paid the $1,550 appeal filing fee.

“Adding yet another box store to the North 19th Avenue corridor does not add to Bozeman’s small town feel, rather [it] makes this town look like anywhere America,” the written appeal reads.