Town & Country Markets not moving forward with Gig Harbor store

1 grocery store’s very long, continuing flirtation with Gig Harbor appears to have cooled off nonetheless all over again.

City & Place Markets this week told The Information Tribune it is no for a longer period shifting forward with designs for a proposed Peninsula Buying Heart retailer on Judson Street downtown.

“Town & Nation Markets has been working to track down a new retail store in the Gig Harbor group for numerous a long time, performing with two different developer teams, the most current of which was to set up a downtown area,” City & State mentioned in an emailed statement.

“At this time, a combination of things, such as typical slowing in the broader economic climate, ongoing provide chain challenges, and rapid charge escalation, led to the realization that this was not the correct time and conditions to shift forward with a new place in Gig Harbor.”

The internet site was the 2nd just one to drop to the wayside for the grocer, right after before preliminary strategies for a web page at Village at Harbor Hill collapsed from that development’s delays in its court combat above targeted traffic effects charges, afterwards settled amongst the developer and metropolis of Gig Harbor.

The Village at Harbor HIll talks have been first confirmed by The Information Tribune in 2015. At the time, designs known as for the grocer to anchor the 18-acre retail heart then planned at Borgen Boulevard and Harbor Hill Generate.

“We labored challenging on that (project) and it just received complex and then with the queries about traffic mitigation, it was time for us to go our separate means,” City & Nation CEO Bill Weymer instructed The Information Tribune about the scuttled Harbor Hill options in summer months of 2020.

Rush Advancement purchased a partial stake in the Peninsula Buying Centre Feb. 25, 2020, and experienced been in talks with City & Nation considering the fact that then.

QFC was the very last grocer at the shopping center, leaving in 2011 for its Level Fosdick site. QFC at some point closed and later on grew to become Principal & Vine, a two-12 months experimental grocery enterprise run by its mum or dad corporation Kroger.

Gig Harbor’s grocery scene continued to evolve, with the addition of Metropolitan Industry in the former Primary & Vine spot in October 2021. That grocer joined an already proven Fred Meyer, Harbor Greens and Safeway functioning mere blocks from a person one more.

Chris DeWald, vice president of Hurry Development, informed The News Tribune on Wednesday by using email that irrespective of the setback: “There are no strategies to redevelop the web-site as one thing other than a purchasing heart.”

As noted in March, ideas to overhaul the browsing center submitted in November included removing a part to expand parking, along with façade and aesthetic enhancements to the internet site and tenant advancements, all “with a significant function to reintroduce a regional grocery keep use to the site,” in accordance to the submitted documents.

For now it is back again to the drawing board and the social media guesses of what is coming upcoming, alongside with the normally-persistent desire from some citizens for Trader Joe’s, which the town tried using to entice to come to that similar site in 2011.

“We are making ready to go out to sector featuring the vacant room for lease and see who may well be intrigued. We are even now hoping to find a grocer for the internet site, but we shall see,” DeWald wrote Wednesday.

This story was at first released July 7, 2022 5:00 AM.

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Debbie Cockrell has been with The Information Tribune considering that 2009. She studies on company and improvement, nearby and regional difficulties.