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Central Market clerk bags third in “Best Bagger Battle”

Ryan Hoskins-Central Market
Ryan Hoskins

A Central Market clerk bagged third place Tuesday night in a statewide grocery bagger competition held in Spokane.

Ryan Hoskins, a longtime employee of the Poulsbo store, took home a $1,000 prize from the “Best Bagger Battle,” sponsored by the Washington Food Industry Association.

The 10 participants were judged on a “rigorous criterion of speed, style, technique, and uniform bag weight,” according to a news release.

The overall winner was Candice Lastimado of Admiral Metropolitan Market in West Seattle, who will compete in a national bagger competition in Las Vegas.

The Washington Food Industry Association was founded in 1899 and represents the state’s independent grocers.

Bag ban shifted shopper behavior at Bainbridge grocery


Bainbridge Island enacted a ban on plastic shopping bags 18 months ago.

The city ordinance eliminated plastic bags and imposed a five cent fee on paper bags (retailers keep the revenue). The hope was shoppers would transition to reusable bags, cutting down on waste. At Winslow’s Town & Country supermarket that appears to have happened.

The store saw a 53 percent increase in reusable bag use after the ban, according to statistics T&C shared with the Kitsap Sun and the city. Here’s a graphical look at the change over the past year:

It should be noted the reusable bag figures represent transactions, not actual bags, since the bags can be used over and over.

T&C gave a nickel discount to shoppers who remembered their reusable bags, creating a 10 cent incentive for shopping with cloth bags. The plastic bag ban and the cash incentive appeared to not only promote reusable bags but also decrease paper bag use.

Tony D’Onofrio, sustainability director for Town & Country Markets, said the ban took some adjustment for customers and staff but was well received.

“Now it’s just business as usual,” he said. “No one seems to really notice. Customers are used to it.”

Other Kitsap cities were in no rush to follow Bainbridge’s lead on banning bags when we checked in with them in 2012. About a dozen Washington cities have adopted bag bans so far.


Harrison clinic, CVS, ACE among big building projects approved in first quarter

I’m taking a look at first quarter building permit activity for our Monday business section and noticed some high-profile projects were cleared for construction early this year.

Here’s a look at five of the largest (by valuation) commercial projects issued building permits in the first three months of 2014:

1. Harrison Medical Center — Bainbridge







Location: Madison Avenue and New Brooklyn Road, Bainbridge Island

Description: Building a two story, 17,400-square-foot medical building for urgent, primary and specialty care.


Permit issued: Jan. 9

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T&C first company to use energy conservation bond program

The renovation of Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island will make the iconic grocery more spacious and modern. Less apparent to shoppers, the remodel will also make the building more efficient.

T&C Markets secured a $1.15 million loan for energy upgrades at the store using a federal bond program. The low-interest loan was made possible by the federal Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds program. Bonds for the project were issued this month by the Washington State Housing Finance Commission as part of Kitsap County’s Green Community Initiative.

T&C is the first private company in the country to take advantage of the bond program, according to a news release. Continue reading