Finally, after months, now going on years, of hints about a grocery store coming into downtown Port Orchard, Mayor Lary Coppola announced today at a mayors’ forum that the town will get a 7-Eleven.
Oh, right, Bremerton has a 7-Eleven. Now we’ll be like twins. Well, not exactly. The store coming in is an upscale “new concept” 7-Eleven that will “surprise a lot of people,” said Van Vlist, whose family owns the property at 567 Bay St. where the store will be located.
The store will go in at the former location of Geiger Rexall Family Pharmacy. The lease with 7-Eleven was signed about three weeks ago, Vlist said.
“Every day I heard people say we need something down here,” said Vlist. “It was my family’s desire to put some kind of grocery store down there, and we’re happy to be able to say it’s a ‘new concept’ 7-Eleven.”
Margaret Chabris, 7-Eleven spokeswoman, said it’s after hours in her neck of the woods back east somewhere, so she’ll have to get back to me tomorrow to either confirm or deny, and to hopefully, tell me a little more about what this “new concept” thing is all about.