Jobs numbers in Kitsap County remain encouraging as the busy
summer employment season approaches.
About 87,400 people were working for Kitsap businesses and
government agencies in April, 3.4 percent more than in
April 2014. Employment was up among both private and
government employers, according to statistics released last week by
the state Employment Security Department.
Here’s a look at jobs trends in the county:
Overall employment numbers for Kitsap County residents are
The labor force — the number of people working or actively
seeking work — continued to fall in April. The number of employed
residents also dipped, dropping from 108,450 in March to 107,160 in
Kitsap Mall was already
having a busy year, with the
addition of Buffalo Wild Wings and the announcement of
an H&M coming this fall.
News of new tenants just keeps piling up.
As was announced earlier, Victoria’s Secret will
reopen Saturday following a remodel, and a new PINK shop will
make its debut. The opening for the 8,000-square-foot space is
set for 9:45 a.m.
Mall General Manager Erin Leedham said work will begin soon
on a Just Sports
athletic apparel store. A Potbelly Sandwich Shop is
“coming soon-ish” according to its signage.
Leedham said Dairy Queen was remodeled and expanded its
menu, while Hot Topic opened in a new location. Lane Bryant is extending into
Building permit applications indicate Qdoba Mexican Grill has a
restaurant planned for mall. The mall hasn’t confirmed Qdoba as a
tenant, and a Qdoba representative didn’t immediately respond to a
request for comment Thursday.
As new stores arrive at the mall, others are exiting. A
representative at Forever
21 confirmed the Silverdale store will close Friday, though
there’s a chance it could reopen in another space.
Meanwhile, names of tenants at the
at Silverdale shopping center
keep trickling out. We will have more news on that front
We still haven’t heard any
official tenant announcements from The Trails at
Silverdale developers. Names keep popping up anyway.
The latest is Ulta
Beauty, a national beauty products retailer and salon.
Ulta applied for a tenant improvement permit for a Trails at
Silverdale store space on May 14, according to county
Ulta already has
quite a few Western Washington locations. This will be the
first in Kitsap.
Last week we noted Gap was seeking employees for
a new outlet store at the Trails. Gap has also applied for
a tenant improvement permit.
Building construction is well underway at the Greaves Way
shopping center, which is expected to open later this year.
When a CVS was first approved in Poulsbo, plans called for
both a pharmacy and a fast food restaurant.
The drug store
opened in February. The restaurant never materialized.
Now CVS is selling the leftover parcel on Highway 305.
Colliers International listed the 1.07-acre property for $1.25
The assessed value of the lot is about $285,000.
The CVS property is located on the northeast corner
of Highway 305 and Hostmark Street. A large
retail building was torn down to make way for
You can view the
Albertsons in East Bremerton will become a Haggen Northwest Fresh store a
week from now.
The Wheaton Way Albertsons is scheduled to close May 26 for
conversion, and reopen May 28 under the Haggen banner.
Here’s the schedule provided by Haggen:
Bremerton- Albertsons Store at 2900
- 6:00 pm, Tuesday, May 26 –
- 12:01 am, Wednesday, May 27- Haggen takes
ownership of the store
- 4:00 pm*, Thursday, May 28 – Store opens as
Haggen (*Opening time is tentative)
- NOTE: The pharmacy will remain open during the
conversion starting late morning May 27
Two other Kitsap grocery stores have
already converted to Haggen. A Silverdale Albertsons and Port
made the change in March.
Bellingham-based Haggen acquired 146 Albertsons and Safeway
stores this spring as part of a divestiture
required for the merger of the two grocery titans.
You can read all
my posts about Haggen’s arrival in Kitsap here. Haggen
FAQ about store conversions.
After months of inactivity, Poulsbo’s
future Sonic Drive-In is getting built in a hurry.
Walls started going up last week at the
site off Viking Way at Highway 305. Much of
the structure took shape over the weekend. Workers were busy
framing Sunday morning.
fast food joint was
initially expected to open late last year. Alterations to the
delayed construction. The city issued a building permit
for the project April 13.
The 2,150-square-foot restaurant will be somewhat unique
for the chain. Last we’d seen, the building designs
included a patio seating area with garage-style doors that
could be rolled up during sunny weather and closed when it’s
I’ll let you know when I hear an opening date.
With hundreds of Washington
microbreweries producing countless varieties of beer, some
trademark conflicts are inevitable.
Kendall Jones of the informative Washington Beer
this week about one such
brand kerfuffle involving a popular Kitsap brewery.
According to Jones, Three Magnets
Brewing Co. of Olympia renamed its Rainy Day IPA after
receiving a cease-and-desist letter from Rainy Daze Brewing Co.
Rainy Daze owner Mike Montoney told Jones he didn’t want to
take legal action against another brewery, but felt it
necessary to protect the brand he’s worked to build.
For its part, Three Magnets said the IPA in
question was named in honor of Rainy Day Record Co., an
iconic store in Olympia. The beer has been renamed 3Mag Rain
Read the full story on the
Washington Beer Blog.
In happier beer news, Rainy Daze just won the
Favorite Brew Award at the Gig Harbor Beer Festival for the
second year in a row.
A ribbon cutting ceremony
for the Suquamish Tribe’s new Clearwater Casino Resort
hotel tower is set for 3 p.m. May 18.
The 98-room hotel was part of the second
phase expansion at the Clearwater.
The new addition includes The
Clearwater, a fine dining restaurant that opened May 6.
The new Beach
Glass Cafe and Beach
Bru Coffee shop opened Tuesday.
A large conference room was also built into the hotel
The Monday ribbon cutting event will include speakers, tours and
You can read our February story on the Clearwater hotel
The fourth quarter of 2014 was kind to Kitsap County
Taxable sales across all industries in Kitsap were up 4.26
percent in October, November and December of 2014, compared
with the same months of 2013.
Retail trade sales (sales made by traditional stores,
dealerships, etc.) were up 5.56 percent, according to
numbers released Monday by the state Department of
Retailers posting the largest revenue gains in 2014 included
auto dealers, drug stores, building material sellers, home
furnishing stores and e-commerce enterprises.
More impressive than the year-over-year gains, sales in the
fourth quarter of 2014 actually topped pre-recession
With the fourth quarter numbers in the books, we can see how
2014 stacked up against previous retail years. While retail trade
sales have rebounded from the recession, other industries are still
Well, we can confirm at
least one tenant for the Trails at
Silverdale shopping center.
It appears Gap is
hiring up for a new outlet store at the Greaves Way
development, which is currently under construction. There is
already a Gap and GapKids store at the
We’ll let you know when we get confirmation of other tenants.
Plans show spaces for about two-dozen tenants, including big
box stores, smaller retailers and restaurants.
The county has so far issued building shell permits for four
If you’re interested in following progress at the worksite,
contractor Robinson Construction Co. has posted a nifty
webcam on its website, along with some impressive aerial
California-based Trails at Silverdale developer CenterCal Properties, LLC. is
staying busy in Washington. The company recently bought the
Totem Lake Mall in Kirkland, and plans a
$200 million redevelopment of the aging shopping