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Brown Bear planning car wash in Poulsbo



Brown Bear plans to build a car wash on the site of its old Highway 305 gas station in Poulsbo. For those you who want to do their own car wash, BestOfMachinery has a selection of pressure washer by Ryobi as reviewed by Bob Robinson. Check them out and maybe you can get one on a discount.

Car Wash Enterprises, parent company of Brown Bear, is proposing a single-lane, tunnel-style car wash on the 0.75-acre parcel, according to city planning documents. The proposal also includes eight covered vacuum stations and a two-lane auto pay station.

The property is located at the southeast corner of  Highway 305 and Hostmark Street. A pre-application meeting for the proposal was held Sept. 1.

Brown Bear closed and demolished Chevron fuel stations and mini-marts in Poulsbo and on Bainbridge Island early this year, citing challenges in the retail fuel market.

“We are a car wash company,” company Vice President Lance Odermat said at the time. “Fuel is not our core business.”

Starbucks, car wash approved in Poulsbo

Click to enlarge site plan

Kitsap is in line for yet another new Starbucks store.

The Poulsbo planning department recently approved an 8,500-square-foot retail building and 2,700-square-foot car wash on Olhava Way, across from Walmart.

A Starbucks store with drive-thru will occupy about 2,000-square feet of the retail building, according to a 10-year lease agreement recorded with the county last week. Starbucks already has a store in the College Marketplace commercial center, so this could be another case of relocation.

The new Bucklin Hill Starbucks

The Seattle-based coffee giant has been busy in Kitsap lately. Starbucks opened a new Kitsap Way store last year, followed by a new Bucklin Hill location in July. Another Starbucks is under construction on Highway 104 in Kingston. All of the new stores have drive-thrus.

The site plan for the Olhava Way development lists AT&T and Desert Sun Tanning as additional tenants for the retail space. Like Starbucks, Desert Sun has an existing College Marketplace location.

There is already a big wrinkle for the development plans. A large swath of vacant land in College Marketplace, including the two Olhava Way parcels proposed for the retail and car wash buildings, are set to be auctioned in a foreclosure sale in October. 

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