The long awaited opening of the new WinCo Foods in Billings at 2424 Central Avenue (the old Kmart location) was today at 9am. It of course was packed. Even though it was 15 below, people were still standing outside to get in to be the first to shop.

The opening of this store is no different than any other new store or restaurant when it opens. There is always that I-have-to-be-first-to-try-it-out crowd. I remember when Sonic in the Heights opened a few years ago. There was a line of cars several blocks long waiting to get in.

I will say, I am pretty happy that WinCo Foods is where it is at, for personal reasons. I live a few blocks away from the store and I hope this makes grocery prices more competitive with the other stores. They are open 24 hours a day seven days a week.

I have heard nothing but good things about the Winco Foods chain. I hope this will be a positive and profitable new addition to the Billings community.