Construction on new Barnes & Noble store gets started

Mitchell Lane, construction superintendent for the new Barnes & Noble at Kitsap Mall, goes over the remodeling plans. - Photo by Sean Lamphere
Mitchell Lane, construction superintendent for the new Barnes & Noble at Kitsap Mall, goes over the remodeling plans.
— image credit: Photo by Sean Lamphere

Surrounded by a chain-link fence, construction began this week on Kitsap Mall’s former Gottschalks building.

Remodeling of the space for the future tenants — Barnes & Noble and Cost Plus World Market — will include gutting the aging building to just its frame, according to construction superintendent Mitchell Lane of the Sarasota, Fla.-based Kellogg & Kimsey Inc.

“We’re basically cutting off the whole front of the store, gutting it to the frame and putting on a new roof,” he said as he scanned the blueprints outside the store earlier this week.

He described the outside look as featuring “lots of glass.” The mezzazine portion of the roof will be torn down and the entire structure upgraded, he added.

With the space totaling 50,000 square feet, Barnes & Noble will occupy 30,000 square feet with Cost Plus World Market taking up the remaining space.

The new Barnes & Noble will be nearly double the size of the current location on Randall Way.

“This building is about 16,000 square feet,” said store spokeswoman Ruthanne Devlin, referring to the current location. “We’re going to be able to provide a lot more services, more books and a bigger café.”

Both Cost Plus World Market and Barnes & Noble are expected to open in November. The day prior to the opening of the new store, the existing Barnes & Noble will close, according to the company.

Currently in the process of finding a replacement tenant for the Randall Way location, mall officials have not released any word of who will fill that space.

“We’ve had a lot of interest,” said Kitsap Mall Senior Manager Dan Engelhard. “It’s a very good location. We’ll fill it, there’s no question about it.”

Referring to the artist renderings of the new stores, Engelhard is pleased with the look it will bring to the mall property.

“It’s exciting,” he said. “It will certainly give the property a town center lifestyle-look which we think is a plus ... We’re hoping it will cause other people to look at how the property can be enhanced.”

With Cost Plus World Market, Engelhard added he is happy to have a home furnishing store in the mall. Similar to Pier 1 Imports, Cost Plus features home decor, furniture, collectibles and gifts.

“Home furnishing is a category we don’t do a great job of. Now that Cost Plus is going to be a part of (the mall) we’ll do a better job of capturing that market.”

Lane is confident both stores will be open right on schedule and adds that although Kellogg & Kimsey Inc. is from out of state, all subcontractors will be local.

“We never failed yet with (missing a deadline for) completion,” said Lane, who’s built 10 Barnes & Noble stores to date. “It’s just like in theater, when the curtain goes up, it goes up.”

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