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Toy shop open in old Winslow Drug

A toy store is now open in the 290 Winslow Way space long home to Winslow Drug.

Calico Toy Shoppe, which had been located in Winslow Green, moved into the former pharmacy building late last month, adding a splash of color to the storefront:

Owner Elisabeth Dahl said the Winslow Way store is roughly double the size of the Calico’s Winslow Green space, giving the shop more room for toys and games.

Winslow Drug closed in May after 60 years in business.

You can see more photos of Calico’s new store on Facebook.

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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Kitsap retail sales jumped 11 percent in second quarter

Q2.retail.graphicTaxable retail sales in Kitsap County took a big jump in the second quarter of 2015, increasing 11 percent from the same quarter of 2014.

That was the largest year-over-year jump in quarterly sales for the county since the start of the recession.

Sales totaled more than $963 million in the second quarter, according to the Department of Revenue. 

Statewide, retail sales reached $33.9 billion, marking a 9.4 percent increase from the same quarter of 2014.

Retail trade sales

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Sales reported by Kitsap’s retail trade industry in the second quarter were up 10 percent from the same period of 2014.

Retail trade accounted for about $512 million of Kitsap’s taxable sales in the second quarter.

Retail trade sales include sales made by stores, dealerships, online sellers and other traditional retailers.

County comparison

Here’s a look at how Kitsap’s second quarter sales stacked with other Puget Sound counties:

 

Kitsap highlights

The auto, building material and construction sectors continued their resurgence, posting double-digit increases from the second quarter of 2014.

Though a much smaller player by sales volume, manufacturing enjoyed a 19 percent increase in taxable sales.

Here’s a look at year-over-year growth for a few major industries in Kitsap:

Sales by industry

And finally, I’ve posted a full breakdown of second quarter retail sales by industry for Kitsap County:

Port Orchard is state’s fastest growing retail market

POwalmarttopretailRetail sales in Port Orchard grew at a faster rate than in any city in the state between 2008 and 2013.

That’s according to the Washington State Retail Survey, which recently published a list of fastest growing retail markets.

Port Orchard topped the rankings, posting an average annual increase of 9 percent over the six-year period.

The survey looked only at sales by traditional retail trade businesses like stores and dealerships to compile the list. It didn’t include taxable sales made in other industries like construction and manufacturing.

So what spurred Port Orchard’s rampant growth in sales? For starters, the city itself was growing.

Port Orchard went on an annexation spree during the years sampled for the rankings, roping in Bethel Corridor and other areas south of downtown. That brought Fred Meyer and a swath of commercial property into the city’s fold. The Port Orchard Walmart also upgraded to a Walmart Supercenter in 2012.

The addition of Fred Meyer and expansion of Walmart appeared to have a meteoric effect:

Here’s a more detailed breakdown of Port Orchard sales activity, provided by the Washington State Retail Survey: Continue reading

Safeway opening Poulsbo store June 27; hiring 120

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A grand opening for Poulsbo’s Safeway store and gas station is now set for June 27.

Safeway spokeswoman Sara Osborne said the 59,000-square-foot store at Lincoln Road and 10th Avenue will have about 160 employees. Of those, 120 will be new hires. The company refers job seekers to its website for application information.

Osborne said the store will have all the accustomed Safeway departments, including produce, natural and organic foods, a bakery, floral kiosk, videos, and pharmacy. The deli will feature sushi, sandwiches, a China Express, an olive bar and a soup bar.

Seating for the deli is situated by windows with views to the west and south, alongside an indoor fireplace. Outdoor seating will be available at the front of the store.

A Starbucks coffee shop and US Bank branch are integrated into the building. The gas station has 10 pumps.

Safeway was a featured sponsor of Poulsbo’s Viking Fest last weekend and is sponsoring the Third of July celebration, Osborne said.

Construction began on the store in early 2013 with an opening originally planned for December, and later projected for May.

 

Holiday retail sales in Kitsap rivaled pre-recession highs

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The 2013 holiday season was kind to Kitsap retailers, according to number released Tuesday by the state Department of Revenue.

Retail trade, which includes traditional stores, dealerships and online sellers, generated $487,117,141 in taxable sales in October, November and December. That was a 5 percent improvement over the fourth quarter of 2012. Car dealers, blog.retail2furniture stores, sporting goods suppliers and e-commerce, did especially well.

Sales for all industries were up 6.4 percent from 2012, totaling $895,050,130. Industries showing healthy growth included manufacturing, construction, information (software, telecom, print and other media) and restaurants.

Kitsap sales were in step with the rest of Washington, which saw a 5.8 percent rise in overall sales in the fourth quarter.

The long-term trend is positive for our county. Fourth quarter retail trade sales have climbed steadily since 2008 and are close to matching the pre-recession high of $493,353,867 recorded in 2006.

Fourth quarter sales in all industries have been on the rise since 2009 and are also closing in on a 2007 high of $925,280713.

Kitsap also enjoyed a 6 percent rise in third quarter sales last year.

A detailed breakdown of fourth quarter retail sales in Kitsap for 2012 and 2013 is posted below. Use the zoom or full screen buttons at the bottom so you don’t have to squint: Continue reading