There’s no place like Home Depot in PO, but it may be awhile

More than a decade after original plans to build a Home Depot in South Kitsap were scrapped, the retail giant appears to be interested in opening a Port Orchard location once again.

A Notice of Application posted Feb. 7 by the city of Port Orchard carries the project name “Home Depot,” the provided description calling for “a new 137,000 square-foot retail store and associated parking, stormwater and utility infrastructure with separate tracts for wetland mitigation and future development.”

City Community Development director Nick Bond cited a Dec. 13 application for a permit, confirming the retailer had resumed plans to build a store on its property adjacent to Walmart off Bethel Road.

It is the same site where the company had planned to open a store, getting county approval prior to the recession. Bond wrote in an email that, “The city is working with Home Depot’s design consultants on a variety of issues.”

However, it could be years before it is built in light of the city’s extensive transportation project on Bethel and Sedgwick roads. Phase 1 calls for the building of roundabouts on Bethel at the intersections of Salmonberry and Blueberry roads, near the Home Depot-owned parcels.

“Home Depot has expressed concern about opening a new store in a construction zone,” Bond wrote. “However, the Bethel Phase 1 project is very complex and is unlikely to break ground prior to 2027.”

Bond added, “Home Depot has proposed to construct a portion of Bethel Phase 4 along their property frontage as part of their project.”

Home Depot has locations in nearby Gig Harbor and two Kitsap locations in Poulsbo and Silverdale. The company did not reply to multiple requests for comment.