A two-for-one deal on baby chickens and other promotions drew in the crowds Thursday at the grand opening of the new Wilco store on the former site of .
Cars filled the parking lot all day as residents in and around Gig Harbor arrived to check out everything from livestock, garden and pet supplies to True Value hardware products.
"It's been amazing. People were waiting in line when we opened the doors," said store manager Roxanne Carroll.
Although customers shopped throughout the store, it was the chicks that seemed to be the most magnetic draw of the day, especially for children. As adults talked care, feeding and egg-laying capabilities with sales people, their kids were more delighted by the fuzzy qualities of the baby birds.
"We never had chickens before, but once we saved a duck," chirped five-year-old Grace Caines. She and her sister, Madalyn, 9, had just helped their father, Dan Caines, pick out six baby chicks to take home.
The Gig Harbor store is Wilco's second retail outlet in Washington and the first new store opening it's had in a couple of years. The store was still bustling a couple of hours before closing time and Carroll was thrilled with Wilco’s first day of business in the community.
"It's been so busy all day," she said. "This could be one of our best openings ever."
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