Outdoorsy in Bremerton

REI is reportedly looking at downtown Bremerton as one of the possible locations for a Kitsap County store.

(Mayor Cary) Bozeman also said that officials from recreational company REI have said they are looking at Kitsap County for a location, and downtown Bremerton is among the sites being considered.

“We’re certainly not the only location they’re looking at,” he said.

REI officials were unavailable for comment late Friday. The company reported $1.02 billion in sales at its 82 stores in 2005, the most recent information available.

Bozeman wrote in a city newsletter an REI official announced the idea at a meeting of Boy Scouts, which is hardly the place I’d expect to hear a revelation like that. I’ve heard the rumor before, though, from other sources. The thought is there may be a way to take advantage of the proximity to the waterfront, though the store probably wouldn’t be right on the water.

UPDATE: An REI spokeswoman called Monday and said the company wouldn’t address the speculation about a store site Kitsap County. Megan Behrbaum, company spokeswoman, said REI doesn’t announce such things until there is a lease signed, and that hasn’t happened. Given the time I’ve covered business (I did that exclusively for two years in Vancouver.) that’s not an unusual stance at all.

6 thoughts on “Outdoorsy in Bremerton

  1. The good news is REI didn’t say ‘no’ … to a store in our area.

    I wonder what kind of store they have in mind?

    Whatever they plan, their return policy alone makes them, along with Costco and Nordstrom….the place to shop. imho.
    Sharon O’Hara

  2. I’ve also heard that the Nakata stores (Town and Country, Central Market) may move into Bremerton, and that Trader Joe’s is looking at a site in Silverdale. Before you know it, we will look like Bellevue…

  3. Cean: Where did you hear this (about Nakata)? That’s great news, as far as I’m concerned. Bremerton will NEVER be BV, but good god do they need a grocery store. Also, I’d be thrilled to see a TJs in Silverdale. I’m tired of having to drive to Tacoma to get my fix.

  4. What about a Trader Joes in Bremerton? Does EVERTHING have to be in Silverdale? The traffic is bad enough over there.

  5. No argument there, Bill, but I’ll take what I can get. Of course, ANY grocery store in downtown Bremerton would be a plus. How about a Central Market?

  6. A Central Market would be great. Any kind of grocery store downtown would be wonderful. Also, a multi-plex downtown somewhere would be nice. There are a lot of parking lots (I know it’s for the shipyard) on 4 and 5th between Park and Warren, that could be used for retail space. I remember when we had a Place Two Store (a division of Nordstrom) in downtown Bremerton…those were the days!

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