Central Market Poulsbo is open 24 hours a day.
The check stands at Central Market Poulsbo.
Fresh tortillas roll right off this machine most days at Central.
Central Market Poulsbo opened its doors in 1995 as the biggest store in the Town & Country family and the first of what are now three Central Markets, all of them focused on fresh, quality food and variety on a grand scale.
But the company was no stranger to Poulsbo, having opened Viking Mark-It Foods in 1974 at the corner of SR 305 and NE Hostmark Street as its second store after Bainbridge Island. Viking Mark-It Foods, where customers marked prices with black grease pencils and bagged their own groceries, was recreated as Poulsbo Market Place in the mid-1980s eventually outgrew its building and small parking lot.
Building the 69,000-square-foot Central Market a few miles down the road was a unique experiment in creating a “destination food store,” which continues to draw customers from as far south as the Tacoma Narrows Bridge area, west to the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas and throughout Kitsap County. It was also one of the state’s first major commercial buildings to use recycled materials in its construction and was a forerunner for the National Home Builders Association’s “Built Green” program of today.
A major remodel in 2006 expanded the store’s Fish Market, food service and in-store seating. Today the store employs more than 200 full- and part-time employees,...