Having been stationed at a Marine Corps base in the middle of the Mojave Desert in the land of “nothing”, 29 Stumps is what most would call it I have realized what a pleasure it is to have the barest necessities around when it comes to shopping. I am not a shopper; on the contrary, however after spending 3 years without everything but a Wal-Mart I want to know what the shopping is like in any new area.
I really don’t care if there is the largest, newest, best mall around, I just want one.I want to be able to drive to a Target, Bath and Body Works, Best Buy, Circuit City, Kohl’s or Lowe’s instead of ordering on-line. I spent 3 years either ordering on-line or driving 60 miles to Palm Springs through nasty hot California traffic just to shop.
Here in the Naval Base Kitsap area you will not find the biggest or the best butyou will find whatever you need! For drug stores we have Walgreens and Rite Aid, (no CVS). If you do grocery shopping out in town you will have a huge selection; Safeway, Albertson’s, Fred Meyer, Red Apple and QFC. Here is a tidbit – I have a customer card from Safeway, Von’s (Safeway in CA) and Carr’s (Safeway in Alaska) funny huh? I really missed Fred Meyer when I was in California.
Most of the variety and popular selection of stores in the area lies in Silverdale where the Kitsap Mall is located.As with any area you will find all the other “big box stores” and all the smaller chain stores scattered around the mall area. There are several “strip malls” and several other “shopping center” type areas in a one to two mile radius of The Kitsap Mall. The Kitsap Mall is centrally located for all parts of Kitsap County.
I had never heard of Kohl’s until I moved to Connecticut in 2003 and I fell in love. Luckily there were Kohl’s in California and while I was living there I knew they were making the move to Washington! Just this past fall a brand new Kohl’s opened in the Kitsap Mall.
You will have plenty of places to shop, but if you need to have a fix of a shop not onthe Peninsula you can drive down I-5 to the South Center area of Tukwila and fine a huge mall that to me will always be call South Center even though it has been purchased by Westfield like all the rest. Depending on traffic you can get to Tukwila in about 60 minutes. Forty minutes is the Tacoma Mall if you go south and if you take the ferry you could be shopping downtown Seattle in about 60 minutes.
Here is a list of some of the local area shops and where they are located.
- Fred Meyer
- Rite Aid
- Circuit City
- Best Buy
- Sportsman’s Warehouse
- Home Depot
- Big 5
- Pier 1
- Office Depot
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Tuesday Morning
- Old Navy
The list could go on and on for Silverdale
- Wal-Mart Supercenter
The Kitsap Mall
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