Town & Country remodel will boast a drive-thru

Plans for the major remodel of Winslow's Town & Country Market have been updated and now include new improvements such as a pocket park, expanding parking, and even a drive-thru grocery window.

Town & Country officials met with Bainbridge Island's Design Review Board at a pre-application meeting for the remodel Monday.

The board's initial response was overwhelmingly positive toward the makeover plan, aside from a few critiques about a lack of transparency into the store from passers-by on Winslow Way.

The advisory board appreciated the market's approach toward more greenery and vegetation at the market, pedestrian connections from Winslow Way to Waterfront Park, and the inclusion of a drive-thru grocery window.

"It is the wave of the future," said Susan Allen, the project's coordinator and a Town & County board member.

"We don't have it all figured out, operationally speaking, but we do recognize the needs of the community," she said. "It's not going to offer everything in the market, but it will provide the ability to come by and pick up something after work."

The drive-thru will have an added benefit of easing the need for parking at the grocery, a downtown mainstay that originally opened in 1957. Bainbridge has grown considerably since then and parking at the popular grocery has become a concern.

The proposed design will open up space around the market for additional parking, particularly around the east side of the building. The market will also gain some new parking spaces through adjustments to the loading dock on the building's east side.

Parking on the north side, along Winslow Way, will be preserved though a new pocket park that will lead into the new northeastern entrance.

Other additions to the market include accommodations for bicycles at each entrance, and pedestrian paths to enhance the connection between Winslow Way and Waterfront Park.


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