Is Michael's Arts & Crafts moving to Silverdale?
June 11, 2008 · Updated 12:00 PM
Does Michaels have a mall in its future?
Persistent rumors in the business community that Michaels Arts & Crafts would be relocating to the Kitsap Mall in Silverdale prompted a call to the popular hobby emporium in East Bremerton.
Yes, Ive heard pretty strong rumors within the company, too, said George Davis, manager of Michaels. But nothings finalized. I havent been informed of an opening date.
If the move occurs, he said, it definitely wont happen this year. No preparations are being made for a move at this time.
Itll be after the end of the year, no matter what, he said.
Michaels Arts & Crafts has been at its present location, 4205 Wheaton Way, since 1994. Its part of a chain of about 700 stores across the nation. If it moves to Silverdale, itll be competing directly with Jo Anns Etc. (formerly Jo Ann Fabrics and Crafts) on N.W. Bucklin Hill Road.
Calls to Michaels public relations department at corporate headquarters in Irving, Texas, were not returned. No one at the Kitsap Mall could be reached to confirm the relocation.
Silverdale real estate veteran Ron Ross of Silverdale Realty, who keeps tabs of changes in the business community, said he hasnt heard of the move.
If they come in, itll most likely be in Kitsap Place, the Malls annex, he said. Moving into the (now empty) Home Base would be more logical, he opined. They (Michaels) couldnt pay the rent in the Mall, he added.
Michaels is a large box store that currently shares space with a furniture store, It would need a similarly sized space, such as Home Base.
The Malls annex near TJ Maxx is suffering from a whole row of empty storefronts.
The Macerich Co., based in Santa Monica, Calif., owns and operates the Kitsap Mall and owns 46 malls and four community centers in 20 states. Their properties are home to more than 200 department stores and 5,000 specialty stores.
The Macerich Web site said about 500 million people per year shop at their malls and spend more than $9 billion.