Change would allow thrift store in former Kmart shopping center

A thrift store may be looking to move to the unoccupied portion of Oak Harbor’s former Kmart building, or perhaps another site in the shopping center.

Oak Harbor City Council is expected this week to authorize an amendment to a 1987 concomitant zoning agreement in order to allow second-hand stores to lease spaces in the shopping center.

The owners of the buildings told city staff that a thrift store is interested in locating a retail operation in a space on the property, according to city Development Services Director Steve Powers.

Half of the former Kmart building remains empty, as does a space that used to house a buffet restaurant.

Powers said the owners of the shopping center haven’t filed for an occupancy permit nor any other permits related to a thrift store.

The shopping center was purchased last year by Bloch Keene LLC, according to records obtained from the Island County Assessor’s Office. The limited liability corporation registered with the Secretary of State’s Office in 2010. The manager of Bloch Keene, who has a Bellevue address, could not be reached for comment.

Kmart closed its doors in 2014. The building was unoccupied until Tractor Supply Co. moved into the building’s east side last year.

Garage of Blessings is looking for a new space in the Oak Harbor area, but founder Kristiina Miller confirmed that there are no plans to move to the Kmart shopping center. The organization offers free second-hand items to the community.

Garage of Blessings is currently located on Goldie Road, but its lease is expiring early this year.

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