Walgreens in store for Central Kitsap

"Several new Walgreens drug stores are in the works for the Central Kitsap area.Two new stores, one in Silverdale near the intersection of Silverdale Way and Bucklin Hill Road and one off State Route 303 and McWilliams Road, have been slated to open some time next year.Walgreens spokesperson Carol Hively said the new stores are part of wide-scale expansion the Illinois-based company is planning for its centennial celebration next year. The company is looking to open 500 new stores nationwide, including three new stores in Kitsap County. Although the county has greased the wheels for the new stores, plans for only one of the stores have been finalized. Construction on the SR303 location already has started, and the store should open in April 2001. The Silverdale location has been approved by the county, but construction is being held up while lease details are ironed out.It would be premature to say we are going to build at that location for sure, Hively said. We look at many, many sites.The third store, which would be located in East Bremerton near the corner of Wheaton and Sylvan ways, is in the planning stages as well. Walgreens officials still are uncertain about the status of that store.Hively said the new stores would include 15,000 square feet of space, a drive-through pharmacy and one-hour photo processing service. Around 25-30 employees will work at each store.Walgreens has more than 3,000 stores nationwide and hopes to operate 6,000 by 2010. Walgreens is the nation's leading drug store chain with $21.1 billion in sales during fiscal year 2000, which ended in August. The only Walgreens currently in Kitsap County is in Port Orchard.Meanwhile, the new strip of stores being built at Bucklin Place - the shopping complex located near the new Albertson's at the intersection of Bucklin Hill and Mickelberry roads - is starting to fill up. According to Rick Rucker of the Rucker Group real estate and brokerage firm handling the new plaza, Starbucks and Subway have expressed interest in building eateries in the new 17,000-square-foot plaza that is set to open early next year.There already are other Starbucks and Subway locations in Silverdale, and officials with those companies said the existing locations will stay open if the new restaurants are built. Although there is a Starbucks coffee bar in the Albertson's right next door to the new strip of stores, Albertson's confirmed the coffee bar will remain open. Local Subway franchiser Tammy Jackson said the restaurant on Silverdale Way near Randall Way will not close if a new store is opened at Bucklin Place.Rucker also confirmed that a major credit union will take up 8,000 square feet of the plaza, but wouldn't reveal its name. "

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