Big 5 closing its Bellis Fair store; second store near Walmart to remain open

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 7, 2014 

Big 5 closing in Bellingham mall

Big 5 is closing its store at the Bellis Fair mall in Bellingham.

DAVE GALLAGHER — THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

BELLINGHAM - A longtime sporting goods retailer is closing its Bellis Fair store, kicking off what is expected to be many changes taking place at the mall.

Big 5 Sporting Goods is in its final week of a clearance sale, with the store at Bellis Fair closing on Sunday, Jan. 12, said Nathan Spinelli, assistant manager at the store.

Customers can continue to shop at Big 5 at its other Bellingham store at 106 W. Stuart Road, near the Walmart shopping center. Big 5 opened its 11,200-square-foot Stuart Road store in September 2012.

Big 5 was one of the original arrivals when Bellis Fair opened in 1988.

This marks the third Bellingham sporting goods store closure announcement in the past month; Sportsman Chalet announced its closing sale in December while Mayberry Sporting Goods announced its going-out-of-business sale last week.

Several other changes at Bellis Fair have taken place this month:

-- Pinky, Gift Zone, Spa Therapy, and Romy have closed.

-- Red Fox is in the process of moving from its space in the Target wing to the former Gift Zone space.

-- Lane Bryant, currently in the Macy's wing, will be moving to a temporary space in the Target wing.

No announcement has been made yet on when the Regal movie theater will close to make way for a remodel to convert the space into three retail spaces.

The three spaces from the converted movie theater would be of different sizes: 10,765 square feet, 7,082 square feet and 2,527 square feet, according to plans submitted to the city. The first is designated as a retail store, the second a restaurant, and the third a quick-service restaurant. The application did not indicate which companies would go into those spaces.

Reach Business Editor Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Read the Business Blog at bellinghamherald.com/business-blog or get updates on Twitter at @bhamheraldbiz.

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