Carpet store moving into former Good Guys building in Bellingham

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 5, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - Carpet Liquidators is making plans to move into the former Good Guys building on East Bellis Fair Parkway.

The building, which is near Value Village and the soon-to-be opened WinCo store, is being remodeled and a "coming soon" sign is hanging outside.

The plan is to have Carpet Liquidators open this fall, possibly by Oct. 15, said Michael Vizzare, general manager of the company. He said Bellingham is a new market, and this area has many opportunities. About 10 people will be hired for the Bellingham store.

Carpet Liquidators has five stores in the Seattle area, including Everett. As the name suggests, the store attempts to offer the lowest price on carpets and other flooring products. Vizzare said they buy large quantities of products from brand manufacturers.

"Our main focus is beating the big box stores and because our products are in stock, we can offer a better price and respond quickly by installing within 48 hours," Vizzare said in an email.

The building, which has around 19,600 square feet of retail space, has not had a year-round tenant since the Good Guys electronics store closed in August 2005. It has had a few seasonal tenants over the years, including Halloween stores. The Good Guys originally opened on East Bellis Fair Parkway in 1994.

The arrival of Carpet Liquidators fills the last open building in what was a nearly empty retail center a few years ago. WinCo is slated to open on Thursday, Aug. 15, while Value Village moved into its current spot in August 2011. Whatcom Educational Credit Union has administrative offices in the former Value Village building.

Once open, Carpet Liquidators' hours will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details about the company can be found at carpetliquidators.com.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Business blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/business or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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