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What’s Missing in Silverdale’s Retail Offering?

April 7th, 2010 by Rich Jacobson

Ever since the Kitsap Mall was opened, Silverdale has grown to become the ‘retail mecca’ of the Kitsap Peninsula. Even with recent retail expansions in Poulsbo, Port Orchard, and Gig Harbor, people still flock from miles around to shop at the Kitsap Mall and surrounding retail big box stores and eat at nearby chain restaurants.

It was recently announced that Hale’s Ale House would be opening a new restaurant inside the Kitsap Mall on July 4th weekend. The rumor mill has it that world-renowned salon chain, Gene Juarez, will possibly find a new location within the Kitsap Mall in the near future.

With all the chains and big box stores out there, what is Silverdale still lacking? If you had your choice of any retail store or restaurants, what would you like to see come to Silverdale?

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19 Responses to “What’s Missing in Silverdale’s Retail Offering?”

  1. sharon Says:

    I’d like to see Shone’s, Cici’s AND a Godfather’s restaurant (ALL 3).

    I’d also like to see an actual KROGER store.

  2. Bill D, Says:

    Three letters, R E I!!!

  3. Liz Gross Says:

    Trader Joe’s!!!!!!!!

  4. Judi O Says:

    TRADER JOE’S, TRADER JOE’S, TRADER JOE’S

  5. Bryan Garrett Says:

    My body does’nt need them, but a Golden Corral or Old Country Buffet would be nice.

  6. Rich Jacobson Says:

    I knew that Trader Joes would come up. There’s even a Facebook group with over a 1,000 friends petitioning to bring a Trader Joes to Silverdale!

    Rich

  7. Heybooboo Says:

    Agree w/comments re Trader Joe’s. Can Kitsap Sun find out why they won’t come here?

    Also, would like a Whole Foods.

    Finally, what’s the story (or dirt) regarding why Nordstrom’s won’t come here? Please tell!

  8. fletc3her Says:

    I’d vote for Guitar Center, Apple Store, Crate and Barrel, and IKEA.

    I think the biggest problem with Silverdale right now though is that the mall seems to be shedding stores. The food court is positively depressing.

  9. Brynn Grimley Says:

    I’m weighing in here…I’d like to see some of the above mentioned (REI, Trader Joe’s) but I’d also like to see more clothing store options like Banana Republic, Nordstrom (Rack), Anne Taylor/LOFT, DSW shoes, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, etc., etc.

    Now would I shop at all those places all the time? Probably not, but I’d like to have more selection/variety.

    Last I heard on Trader Joe’s was they had looked at going into Poulsbo but then Central Market moved in and they felt they couldn’t compete. (My response? There’s more locations that just Poulsbo to locate!) I also heard they don’t think we have the income level/demographic to support their stores, but again my response is if you can locate in Lynnwood and be successful you can locate over here.

    Of course this is all rumor, so who knows the truth…I’ll see what I can find out.

    – Brynn

    Reporter

  10. Rich Jacobson Says:

    A Guitar Center would be great, but I don’t see IKEA or an Apple Store happening anytime soon. A Nordie Rack would make total sense, as would an Urban Outfitters.

    What does everyone feel about the Food Court? Is the food really that bad? What would help?

  11. Kim Rubenstein Says:

    In the food court, it would be great to have a healthy option other than Subway. A branch of one of the excellent local Indian restaurants would be nice, too.

  12. Dave Pratt Says:

    Would love to see a Fuddrucker’s here. Would be nice to have a nice family resturant as well. Sonic Drive-inns are cool too!

  13. Registered Voter Says:

    Barneys New York would be nice.

    A friend mentioned his involvement in an effort to recruit Trader Joes with Darla Murker (RIP) of Silverdale Chamber. Their response was (paraphrased) that Trader Joes would never, ever put a store on Kitsap Peninsula. I’d take a Whole Foods instead.

  14. Rich Jacobson Says:

    Registered Voter: ‘Never ever’ famous last words of many a retailer. Let’s hope that Trader Joe’s one day eats their words, if true!

    Dave Pratt: I am totally with you on the Sonic Drive-In. Nothing better than Diet Cherry Lime-Aid on a hot Summer day, except shaved ice, of course!

    Kim: We definitely need some healthier options, although the younger crowd seems to drive much of the faire there now….

  15. LindaG Says:

    I would like to see a Panera Bread restaurant, either in Silverdale or in Poulsbo. Another chain I’d like to see open here is Bonefish Grill which is owned by OSI (Outback Steak, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s, Fleming’s, Carrabba’s.)

  16. cynic Says:

    A real hardware and garden supply store. The warehouse stores only carry high demand items, we need a store that carries a wider range of hardware, and no furniture and appliances.

  17. Anteater Says:

    Trader Joes Trader Joes Trader Joes Trader Joes. Everyone in my business agrees. Also, at the last business I worked, people uniformly lamented not having a Trader Joes.

  18. Lisa Jachimowicz Says:

    Many people hate going to the mall. I think more food places outside the mall would be good. I really would like a Friendly’s Restaurant and a Coach Outlet Store but not inside the mall. Better yet, can they just be brought to Poulsbo instead? :)

  19. Sharon O'Hara Says:

    REI, Nordstrom’s, LL Bean for starters.
    In Silverdale, a larger Costco warehouse.
    An all recumbent trike cycling shop and scheduled recumbent trike trips sounds pretty good too.
    Sharon O’Hara

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