Here's a (link) to a Skagit Valley Herald article about three national retailers - Dick's Sporting Goods, Cash & Carry and Burlington Coat Factory - making plans to open stores in Burlington.
The article didn't mention when those stores might be open, but all three would be taking up significant commercial space.
The Burlington Coat Factory announcement is an interesting one to me, given The Bellingham Business Journal's article earlier this year about the company looking at moving into the former Meridian Cost Cutter building here in Bellingham. Many retailers like Burlington Coat Factory open several stores in the same market area in a relatively short time frame, possibly because it provides more efficient distribution system. That's especially the case along Interstate 5 north of Seattle. Kohl's and WinCo are among the recent examples of retailers that have stores along this stretch up to Bellingham.
Investor reports indicate Dick's Sporting Goods is in an expansion mode, but Bellingham appears to have a very competitive sporting goods market, so it'll be interesting to see if they look north of Skagit County for new locations.
Bellingham already has a Cash & Carry store, so it looks like the Skagit store helps fill in that space between Everett and Bellingham.