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State predicts an increase in holiday season hiring

The holidays should be brighter this year for seasonal workers in Washington.

State economists predict increased holiday hiring by retailers this fall and winter, after two years of decline.

Employment Security Department projects 12,726 holiday hires statewide in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with 10,542 in 2015.

The same report forecasts 375 hires in Kitsap county this year, up from 333 last year.

General merchandise stores do the bulk of the hiring.

“Healthier wage growth amidst an improving employment situation should help raise holiday sales to a level that boosts hiring,” Turek said in the release.

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Fourth quarter retail sales surged in the past few years, but seasonal staffing didn’t followed suit.

Turek told me statewide holiday hiring peaked in 2013 at 16,500. Hires dropped to 14,753 in 2014 and plunged to 10,542 in 2015, falling well short of the state’s forecast.

The decline was partially attributed to retailers moving away from brick-and-mortar storefronts to focus on online sales. Downsizing by food stores like Haggen also took a toll, Turek said.

This year, Turek sees fewer stores restructuring and believes improving employment and wages will bolster seasonal hiring.

Purpose Boutique opening at The Trails

unnamedBremerton-based Purpose Boutique will open a store at The Trails at Silverdale on Monday, becoming the first Kitsap-based business to join the Greaves Way shopping center.

“We could not be more excited for our launch in Silverdale which will create new opportunities for our customers who want to shop and at the same time, change lives around the world,” Purpose CEO Christie Johnson said in a news release.

“We are dedicated to being a business that gives back to the global community and we feel very welcomed at the Trails.”

Purpose, which sells apparel and accessories for “women of all shapes, styles and backgrounds,” first opened in Bremerton in 2013 and added a Kirkland store in 2014. The boutique donates a portion of its sales to charities that combat human trafficking.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for noon on Sept. 30, followed by a grand opening celebration Oct. 1.

sierratradingpost-logoThe Trails also will welcome a discount outdoor gear store and burger joint this fall.

Sierra Trading Post is slated to open in October. Silverdale will be the first Washington location for Sierra, which does most its business online.

The Habit Burger Grill is expected to open in November, adding a sixth dining option to the development. The California-based fast-casual chain has one other restaurant in Washington.

Opening date set for DICK’S Sporting Goods in Silverdale

dicksDICK’S Sporting Goods plans to open its Silverdale store by the end of the month.

DICK’S will hold “preview days” on Sept. 28 and 29, followed by a grand opening celebration Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, according to a post the store’s website.

Former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg will appear at the store from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 1. You can click here to see additional grand opening promotions.

The athletic and outdoor gear retailer is setting up shop in a 45,000-square-foot space on the west side of Kitsap Mall. About 30,000 square feet was added to the mall’s footprint to accommodate the store.

DICK’S recently announced it would hire about 70 employees to staff the Silverdale location.

This is the first DICK’S store west of Puget Sound.

Local food market adding Kingston location

kitsapfreshlogoKitsap Fresh is adding a Kingston location, just in time for the fall harvest.

The local food co-op, which allows members to order online from local farms and pickup produce from a central distribution hub, will celebrate the launch of a new pickup site at Downpour Brewing in Kingston from 4-7 p.m. on Sept. 28.

Prospective members can learn more about Kitsap Fresh at the event, which will also feature live music and specials on beer growlers.

Kingston is the third location for Kitsap Fresh, which also has pickup spots in Poulsbo and Bremerton. More are planned. 

Downpour is located at 10991 NE State Hwy 104, next to The Cup & Muffin.

Stalled Poulsbo apartment project may be moving again

It’s been a few years since we’ve had any news to report on the Edward Rose project, a massive residential development planned for the corner of Highway 305 and Bond Road in Poulsbo.

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That changed this Thursday, as the city announced pre-application materials had been filed for the development, which would create 552 apartment units, 160-units of senior housing, a commercial plaza, and 34 acres of landscaping and open space, spread across 57 acres.

Access would be from Bond Road and Highway 305, with a connection to Vetter Road also planned.

A pre-application meeting is scheduled for Oct. 4. The pre-application process allows developers to informally discuss plans with city staff because filing a land use application.

A master plan for Edward Rose was approved in 2011, but the project never broke ground.

Edward Rose & Sons is a development company based in Michigan.

Fifth marijuana grow approved in North Kitsap; retailer relocating

The state approved a fifth marijuana grow in North Kitsap this week.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board issued licenses to recreational marijuana producer and processor Americanna Naturals on Tuesday. The company will be located at 26420 Pioneer Way NW, near Twelve Trees Business Park.

Americanna Naturals is the 15th producer/processor licensed in the county. A grow was approved in Kingston just last week.

In other marijuana business news, a retail store that had been licensed in Port Orchard has successfully changed its location to East Bremerton.

Fillabong, which also operates a shop in Silverdale, was originally approved for 4978 Mile Hill Drive. The store will now be located at 3249 Perry Ave.

Here’s an updated map of marijuana business licenses in Kitsap:

DICK’S Sporting Goods hiring in Silverdale

dicksDICK’S Sporting Goods is hiring in Silverdale as it prepares for a September store opening.

The retailer plans to bring on about 70 full- and part-time workers to staff the Kitsap Mall location, according to a news release.

More information about the jobs is available at dickssportinggoods.jobs.

The store will offer clothing and equipment for team sports, fitness, camping, hunting and fishing. The Silverdale location will be one of the first to include a “new and improved footwear section designed to offer a broad selection of sports performance and casual footwear,” according to the release. 

An opening date has not been set.

DICK’S isn’t the only new sporting goods seller coming to town. Sierra Trading Post has been confirmed as a tenant at the nearby Trails at Silverdale shopping center.

New brewery planned in West Bremerton

badbulldogsThe former Grainger building across from Safeway could soon be home to Bremerton’s fifth brewery.

Silverdale residents Dave and Dawn Dodge (pictured) bought the Callow Avenue building last year and have applied for licenses to begin brewing in a portion of the 11,000-square-foot space. They hope to launch their Bad Bulldog’s Brewery as early as December.

Dave is a retired Arizona police officer who home brews beer and now works at Sound Brewery in Poulsbo.

“It was a blessing,” Dave said of landing his job at Sound, which has familiarized him with brewing on a commercial scale. “They’ve been really inviting to me.”

14034912_1412432445437392_2110010914126635088_nThe Dodges plan to build out their Bremerton brewery in stages. They’ll start by installing a 3.5-barrel brewing system in the lower level of the building and open a simple tasting room with a patio for outdoor seating.

Later the couple will add a full-scale tasting room one of the building’s street-level storefronts. A bar built around an opening in the floor will allow patrons to sip beers while watching brewers at work below.

Eventually the Dodges hope to transform the entire building into a beer-centric hub. The structure encompasses four separate commercial spaces with individual addresses, giving them plenty of room to experiment. They envision hosting a home brewers collective and perhaps a bottle shop.

It’s an ambitious vision, but Dawn is confident they can pull it off.

“When Dave decides to do something, he does it right,” she said.

Marijuana, not beer, was the Dodges’ initial plan for the building. They owned Emerald Coast Collective on Wheaton Way before it shut down at the end of June along with other medical marijuana dispensaries.

The couple applied for a license to place a recreational marijuana shop in the Grainger building, but were never approved. They joined a class action lawsuit against the Liquor and Cannabis Board with the hope of still landing a license.

If they prevail, Bad Bulldog’s Brewery could share the building with a marijuana store.

Sport Clips opens Monday in Silverdale

14053812_338181899904032_4131198526593199660_oSports-themed barber shop Sport Clips will open in Silverdale next week.

The business is located at 9414 Ridgetop Blvd NW, across from Best Buy.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday with a grand opening celebration continuing until 6.

The Texas-based hair styling franchise caters to men and boys. The company has more than 1,500 locations.

The shops feature lots of TV screens tuned to sports channels. Walk-ins are welcome.

Click the flyer to the right or check the Facebook page for more information.

JCPenney is back in the appliance business

0715_major_appliace_showroom_at_vista_ridge_mall_in_lewisville_texasJCPenney is returning to its department store roots this year with the rollout out of appliance showrooms in 500 stores.

One of those stores is the JCPenney in Silverdale, which will unveil its appliance department Friday, according to a news release.

Each showroom will display more than 100 name brand appliance models , including refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers, washers and dryers. The store will offer no-interest financing, free delivery and a price match guarantee.

Appliance sales are part of a three-year strategy announced by JCPenney’s CEO in August to grow profits. Other strategies include a focus on special clothing sizes, beauty products and jewelry.

The company has already bolstered its e-commerce capabilities with a redesigned mobile app and more shipping options for online orders.

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