Habitat for Humanity to open store in Bellingham

Posted by DAVE GALLAGHER on March 19, 2014 

BELLINGHAM - With hopes of better tapping into the Bellingham market, Habitat for Humanity is making plans to open a new 15,000-square-foot store this spring.

The new store will be at 1825 Cornwall Ave., in the former Mayberry Sporting Goods space near the Woodsmiths Furniture store.

The organization is looking for volunteers to help remodel the space and plans to have the store ready in May, said John Moon, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County.

A Habitat store sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, housewares and building supplies.

Being near Bellingham High School and the senior center makes it an ideal location for attracting volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Moon said. Retirees and high school students tend to be key age groups for the nonprofit organization, which builds affordable homes around the world.

The organization currently has an 18,000-square-foot store at 1385 Admiral Place in Ferndale that opened five years ago. For now, the plan is to have both store locations open when the Bellingham store is ready in May. The Ferndale store does a good job serving the Ferndale and north county area, Moon said, but sales have flattened in recent years. Moon said the Ferndale lease expires in September, so they will have some time to evaluate how sales go at both stores.

For details or to volunteer to help with the Bellingham space remodel, call the Ferndale store at 360-715-9170.

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