Grocery Outlet photo                                A new Grocery Outlet store is expected to open in Port Orchard in the third quarter of this year.

Grocery Outlet photo A new Grocery Outlet store is expected to open in Port Orchard in the third quarter of this year.

Grocery Outlet coming to Port Orchard

Lease signed for Towne Square location

PORT ORCHARD — A new grocery outlet is coming to Port Orchard. Literally.

Grocery Outlet, a 320-store discount supermarket chain, has signed a lease to establish a store location at the old space formerly occupied by Save-A-Lot in Port Orchard’s Towne Square Mall. The store closed in 2012.

The Emeryville, Calif., based company’s PR representative created some confusion when she confirmed April 15 that the location would be at the current Tractor Supply Co. space — 1413 Olney Ave. SE. But that’s not the case, according to another official with the company. Instead, the store will be across the street and east of that mall — at 1730 SE Mile Hill Drive, Ste. 100.

“Grocery Outlet is excited to be joining the Port Orchard and South Kitsap market,” the company said in an email response to a query from the Independent.

The store chain’s official said the new Port Orchard location will open Aug. 15. Store job opportunities are now being posted on job sites, she said.

Grocery Outlet representatives said in an email correspondence that the new company “plans to create about 25-30 jobs within the local community.”

Nick Bond, the City of Port Orchard’s community development director, said last week that while no permit applications have been filed, he noted Grocery Outlet representatives had recently made inquiries about doing so.

The Olney Avenue location initially identified by the company representative was at one time occupied by another grocery store, Saars Marketplace Foods, before it left the 42,000-square-foot space in 2014. It stood empty until Tractor Supply took over the location the following year.

Grocery Outlet has a store nearby in East Bremerton and Silverdale, which opened in 2011.

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