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Bremerton Fred Meyer gets facelift

If you’re looking for a gourmet coffee bar, organic and specialty foods and an updated store look you’ll soon find it at the East Bremerton Fred Meyer.

The one stop shopping destination has begun what store officials are calling a $10 million remodel that will change the look, feel, and layout of the store over the next five months.

”The remodel we are starting this summer continues the store upgrade we did last year when we remodeled our home department,” said Brent Robbins, store director.

“Now we are turning our attention to changing the layout, fixtures, equipment, and décor in the food, apparel, and home electronics departments and dramatically increasing the size of our garden department,” he said.

The store will increase in size to about 202,000 square feet with the addition of about 13,000 square feet to the outdoor garden sales area. The facelift is part of a project scheduled and unrelated to any other retailers said Rob Boley, of Fred Meyer’s spokesman.

“We’re keeping it fresh and modern...,” Boley said.

The remodelling began last fall when the store increased the selection of furniture, home décor, and bed and bath products in the home department adding new shops for storage products and party supplies.

The food department will be improved and the product offerings expanded in the deli, bakery, meat, and seafood areas. The nutrition center will increase in size and move forward next to a larger produce area with more organic and specialty products store officials said.

The wine will be moved toward the back and a new Seattle’s Best Coffee bar will be added between the nutrition and wine areas.

The pharmacy will get a new seating area and consultation room. The books and magazine section will double in size and has seating areas added for children and adults.

The apparel department will get a new look and feel as the ceiling moves up several feet and new fixtures, lighting, and a brighter décor package combine with layout changes department wide. The open-service shoe department will move to the front of the store.

Across the main aisle from shoes is an expanded home electronics department that will add the space vacated by the former optical tenant. Film and digital photo processing will get its own area separate from the checkout stations for improved service.

The U-Scan self-serve checkout, where customers can scan, bag, and pay for their purchases, will expand with the addition of four checkout stations.

The project will move forward in stages to help reduce disruptions to shopping. R.A.S. Builders of Issaquah, Wash., is the construction manager.

“We will maintain our regular hours of 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and a full selection of most products throughout the remodel,” Robbins said. “The entire project will be done before we enter the year-end holiday season.”

The Kitsap Fred Meyer first opened its doors in October 1990.

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