A couple biz tidbits to end the week...

Posted by DAVE GALLAGHER on April 4, 2014 

-- Building permit applications were filed in Bellingham earlier this week for several previously announced new retail projects, including H&M, Chipotle, Buffalo Wild Wings, Safeway’s gas station and Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Store. These projects are slated for summer and fall openings.

-- With the Canadian dollar bouncing around 90 cents compared to the U.S. dollar, border traffic was down in February. During that period 1,015,064 people went southbound through the five Whatcom County border crossings, down 9.5 percent compared to February 2013, according to data collected by Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research. The drop could also be weather related: In February we have a couple of snowy weekends that may have deterred travelers from coming into Whatcom County. With better weather in March, that month’s numbers may give a better idea of whether the weaker loonie is impacting Canadian shopping in this area.

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