The new Safeway store under construction off Highway 305 in
Poulsbo is now slated for a May opening, a corporate representative
said this week.
The grocery and gas station was initially scheduled to open in
A new traffic signal is in place at the corner of Lincoln Road
and 10th Avenue but hasn’t been activated. The gas station is
also installed but won’t open until the store is finished.
Construction appeared to progress slowly at times this winter.
The Safeway representative acknowledged some challenges with the
We hope to have a full update soon. In the meantime, you can
learn more about the
project from our 2012 story.
Wrecking – in business since the 1940s – will shut down for
The East Bremerton wrecking yard has been in the Lillybridge
family since 1981. Manager Mike Lillybridge said the family
couldn’t keep pouring money into a business in rapid decline.
A shrinking customer base, hard-to-work-on modern cars, and
government regulations have made junkyards nearly impossible to
keep open, he said.
“I would be shocked if this industry is still around in
He said the work was hard but enjoyable.
“I’ve always been a big customer service guy, just being able to
help people, and help them save money.”
Friday was the last day Eastside would sell auto parts. There
are still about 350 cars in the yard to strip and prep for the
crusher. That process will probably take a month.
Meanwhile the Eastside property is up for sale. Lillybridge said
the 6.5 acres were listed Thursday at $1.5 million.
Watch the Kitsap Sun for an in-depth story and video on the
wrecking yard business. If you were an Eastside customer please
share your thoughts in the comment section or send me an email at
Tax return season is
finally getting underway this week.
Once again, a small army of volunteers from AARP’s Tax-Aide
program will fan out to locations around Kitsap to offer free tax
help. Residents of all ages can get assistance with basic 2013
income tax filings beginning in February.
Full details, schedules and locales are listed in the document
below below. You can download the document or print it out and
stick it on your fridge. Continue reading
Western Washington University will
expand its course offering at Olympic College next fall with a
bachelor’s degree in business administration.
The degree will be available at the
Western Washington University Center in Poulsbo, with classes
starting in September. Kitsap students can already enroll in
environmental degree programs through WWU in Poulsbo.
An information session on the new business degree will be held
from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at in the Haselwood Library, Room
110, on OC’s Bremerton campus.
See more information here.
Kitsap Economic Development
Alliance is highlighting the expansion of WWU programs on the
peninsula with a new Kitsap
Connected video, posted above. The video discusses the value of
collaboration between the Bellingham-based university and
Bremerton-based college. The video will be presented Wednesday at
KEDA’s Decision Makers Breakfast.
A GoWireless Verizon
store is open in the Kitsap Way building once occupied by
The new retail outlet opened Thursday next to QFC. A grand
opening will likely be held in February.
The new 3,000-square-foot Kitsap Way store is positioned to draw
in traffic from the busy thoroughfare. There is also a
GoWireless outlet on Wheaton Way, near Fred Meyer.
“We’re always growing, always expanding,” said manager Katie
The store will carry a full lineup of phones, tablets and other
devices. Live displays should be up and running soon. Customers can
sign up for home services at the branch.
The Blockbuster video store
closed two years ago.
Clarification made: This is a GoWireless store, a Verizon
The nonprofit Great
Peninsula Conservancy is moving to a prominent downtown corner,
after outgrowing its Kitsap Way digs.
The land trust will slide into a corner office on the top floor
of the Sound West Building at the corner of Pacific Avenue and 5th
Great Peninsula Conservancy is currently located at 3721 Kitsap
Way. The small offices were getting cramped with a staff of five
and a growing list of projects, said Executive Director Sandra
Staples-Bortner. The group was interested in the exposure offered
on Pacific Avenue, and liked the growing energy downtown.
“We see what’s happening there and want to be a part of
it,”Staples-Bortner said. Continue reading
The City of Poulsbo is taking comments on the environmental
impacts of a
proposed CVS pharmacy and fast food restaurant at Highway 305
and Hostmark Street.
The new development would replace Northwest Design Center building.
A site plan was submitted in October by Michigan-based Velmeir Companies.
The development could be open by October 2014, according to
documents filed with the city. It would be the only CVS in
Washington according to the
City staff determined the project will not have a probable
adverse environmental impacts if mitigation steps are followed.
Comments will be taken through Feb. 7.
See the notice below for more information: Continue reading
Enrollment in the state health
insurance marketplace has
so far been dominated by Medicaid enrollees.
But in December, Kitsap saw a jump in the number of residents
enrolled in qualified private health care plans offered through
Washington Healthplanfinder. Enrollment in those plans jumped
from 735 at the end of November to 2,454 at the end of December,
according to a report released Thursday by the exchange.
A surge in enrollment for qualified health plans was noted
statewide in December. Exchange representatives attributed the jump
to people rushing to meet the Dec. 23 deadline for
coverage activated on Jan. 1.
Another 9,149 Kitsap residents have qualified for Medicaid
plans, including 3,801 newly enrolled. That brings the total number
of Kitsap residents enrolled through the exchange to 11,603.
The exchange opened in October. Open enrollment continues
through March 31 (applications are accepted at any time for
The full data report for December is posted below: Continue reading
The end of a five-year slide in home prices was the headline for
Kitsap County in an annual report released Wednesday by the
A spike in sales and a low inventory of available homes helped
propel the modest price gain of 3.3 percent, the first since 2007.
read our story here. The full report is embedded below:
Alan Crain was announced Tuesday as the new executive vice
president and chief financial officer of Kitsap Bank.
Crain was most recently CFO of Seattle Bank, working to rebuild
the standing of
the distressed institution, according to a news release. He
also served 14 years as CFO of Cashmere Valley Bank.
Crain is a 1987 graduate of Central Washington University and
1996 graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University
of Washington. He is active in several banking and business
“Alan has a broad background in finance, accounting, investment
management, information technology, public finance, mortgage
banking, and overall bank operations,” Anthony George, president
and chief operating officer at Kitsap Bank, said in the release.
“We are excited to have such a high-quality and well-respected
banker join Kitsap Bank in this critical role.”
The Port Orchard-based bank maintains 20 locations and reports
$900 million in assets.
In related news, Kitsap Bank announced a new branch for Wheaton
Way in Bremerton, to be combined with a Starbucks. Head on over to
Bremerton Beat blog for details.