Town & Country Market released an artist’s rendering this
week for a proposed remodel of its iconic Winslow store.
The project will bring the market onto a single story and
generally modernize the 56-year-old building. The familiar
reader board sign on Winslow Way will remain intact.
announced the proposed remodel in 2012. The company filed an
initial project application with the city Thursday, according to a
news release. Remodeling work could begin in early 2014 depending
on the permit timeline.
Island architects Devin Johnson and Priscilla Zimmerman are
designing the project. Tom Chiado is project manager. Abbott
Construction of Seattle is the general contractor.
Company representatives say the extensive remodel signifies
T&C’s commitment to staying put in downtown Winslow.
“We feel now is the right time,” T&C Chairman Larry Nakata
said in the release. “We are fully committed to downtown and
recognize the store’s place in our island’s history. We want
to be part of Winslow’s exciting future.”
The Loverich and Nakata families opened the Winslow market in
1957. The store expanded in 1990, adding a cafe and floral
department. Town &
Country Markets now operates five stores.
The island’s ban on plastic shopping bags begins Thursday. We’ve
posted some of the basics below. Let us know what you think of the
bag ban by taking our poll below or leaving a comment.
Why a bag ban?
The City Council
unanimously approved the bag ban this spring as a way of
reducing litter and unnecessary waste, while promoting reusable
bags. Bainbridge is the fifth Washington city to ban plastic bags
and the first in Kitsap County. Seattle
banned plastic shopping bags in July.
What are the rules?
Starting Thursday, retailers are no longer allowed to provide
those thin, single-use plastic bags at checkout. Paper bags will
still be available, but the ordinance requires retailers to charge
5 cents for larger paper bags (this doesn’t apply to qualifying low
There are a few exceptions to the ban. Plastic bags are allowed
for restaurant take-out food, produce, greeting cards, small
hardware items, newspapers, dry cleaning and waste.
What stores does this apply to?
Short answer: All of them. This ban applies to all retailers
across the island, not just supermarkets. It also applies to
farmers markets and vendors at festivals. Food banks can
still use plastic bags.
Where can I get reusable bags?
Reusable bags are available at island grocery stores and some
other retailers. The city is handing out
a cloth “Bainbridge Bag” tonight during the Winslow
trick-or-treat event from 4-6 p.m, and at the library and City Hall
Where can I get more information?
The city has more details and links on its Sustainable
Practices page. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty,
read the ordinance here. Watch for a full bag ban story
Thursday in the Kitsap Sun.
Photo credit: Larry Steagall/Staff Photo
Six peanut products and self-grind peanut butter sold at Town
& Country and other Central Market-owned stores in the Puget
Sound area have been recalled due to the risk of salmonella,
according to an Associated Press report.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the products were
made with peanuts recalled nationally by the Peanut Corp. of
America because of contamination.
Products sold at Central Market stores include roasted and raw
peanuts and trail mix sold in bulk, plus self-grind peanut butter.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with these
Two Central Market stores are located in Seattle and one each at
Bainbridge Island, Shoreline, Mill Creek and Poulsbo.
While the details of a land swap between the U.S. Postal Service
and Town & Country Market caused a bit of grumbling, the deal’s
bigger picture drew applause at a public meeting Tuesday.
“If it’s a choice of who will remain in the downtown core, I
choose Town & Country, hands down,” said island resident
Channie Peters, one of about 40 people to attend the postal
service-sponsored meeting. “It really is the center of our
community. It would be a huge loss.”
Read my story below on a proposed land swap that could steer the
future of downtown Winslow.
(The story is an expanded version of an earlier blog post)
King 5 News brought their cameras to Town & Country Market
for a story about how more shoppers are bringing their own grocery
bags. You can watch the bit on bags
here. There’s plenty of familiar folks on view, including our
own village “idiot” (he said it, I didn’t).
For even more information on T&C’s success in cutting back
on paper and plastic, read my Feb. 08 story