Major retail complex to open in Puyallup's South Hill

A large new retail center geared toward the consumer with a 24-hour-a-day lifestyle will open this week, at Puyallup’s South Hill.

The five-store complex at 801 South Hill Park Dr. in Puyallup is being opened by BigFoot Investment Group, which specializes in retail chain operations and site selection and development.

BigFoot Investment Group operates several retail complexes in western Washington.

The five stores that make up the center, which is open 24-hours-a-day, include: BigFoot Java, a specialty coffee drive-thru; a Subway restaurant, featuring freshly made submarine sandwiches and breakfast items; Pit Stop Express, a convenience store; a Shell gas station; and a White Glove car wash.

“South Hill has been Pierce County’s fastest-growing unincorporated area in the past decade, and the leading growth market in Washington,” said Al Jiwani, president of BigFoot Investment Group, in a press release. “The opening of this retail complex complements the growing needs of residents in the area.”

Indeed, the complex is conveniently located across from the Park-and-Ride entrance to Highway 512, slightly northwest of South Hill Mall.

Besides being convenient for night-owls, insomniacs and those otherwise traveling late at night, the complex features a few other unique features, such as:

– A Subway restaurant that is the only 24-hour-a-day location in Pierce County (and South King County). In addition, the Subway will be featuring the new, more refined Tuscany-look that is being adopted by the sub sandwich chain, including a more spacious interior for diners.

“It’s more like a restaurant,” explained Lon LaFlamme, principal for KJL Communications, which represents the new retail center.

– A Pit Stop Express convenience store that features attractive graphics of cars, in addition to a wide range of convenience items.

– A White Glove that is the only “touch-free” full service car wash in the area.
Construction began about six months ago, LaFlamme said, adding the complex cost a little over $3 million.

A 3:30 p.m. ribbon cutting on Thursday, June 5, will mark the official opening of the center. Prizes – including four DVD players – will be given out and refreshments will be served at the grand opening.

LaFlamme expects a crowd of about 150 to attend.

“It’s going to be quite an event,” he said.