We continue to work on opening a market in Gig Harbor, but there won’t be a new market in the Harbor Hill neighborhood, as we had anticipated.
The new market was to be part of a new retail center in Gig Harbor’s Harbor Hill neighborhood and our seventh market in the Puget Sound region. We had been working on this for years, from focus groups to help us better understand what the community wanted in a fresh market for shoppers and eaters, to meeting with the city government to be sure we would gain approval for the project.
But things can change. Just before that final approval was granted by the city, the lease between the two companies was cancelled.
But we remain committed to building a new market in Gig Harbor. We continue to seek and consider other locations. But there are no guarantees as of right now.
If we’re able to begin moving forward again, the plan is for the Gig Harbor market to be the next expression of the always-evolving Town & Country vision of “nourishing the quality of life through food, people and love.” It likely will share many of the features in the company’s comprehensive remodel of Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island, where the family-owned chain began more than 60 years ago. We’re talking an espresso shop, expanded food service area with fresh-baked flat breads, a staffed sushi counter, beer growler station and plenty of seating for people to gather over food and beverages. The Bainbridge market earned a LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, and we’ll approaching Gig Harbor with the same environmental building methods and operational practices learned from that process.
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