With the Bellwether Way area continuing to draw more local residents and tourists, Ann McEvoy believes the area now has enough traffic to warrant a convenience store.
A lease agreement with the Port of Bellingham will go before commissioners this week that would allow McEvoy to start Bellwether Market at 6 Bellwether Way, in the small building between the two office buildings and the Hotel Bellwether. McEvoy is planning to take over the space at the beginning of May and have a soft opening around Thursday, May 15 and a grand opening on Sunday, June 1.
Once open, the market will offer a variety of items to serve the different groups in the area. This includes catering to the office workers in the area with boxed lunches, a food cart and a delivery service. Boaters and hotel guests will have a place to pick up necessary items. Other residents and tourists visiting Bellwether Way can also check out the store’s gifts, specialty wines, meats, cheeses, chocolates and salads.
The store will also have a big-screen television, so office workers and visitors can take a break to relax, she said. The biggest growth in recent years has been in office workers, with several new buildings being added to the area in recent years.
McEvoy describes it as a high-end convenience store, with a priority on serving the people of the area with its delivery service.
Retail is second nature to McEvoy, who has worked at Nordstrom and a variety of other stores. She’s also managed some of the local Shell gas stations, including the one on Meridian Street near WinCo.
McEvoy hasn’t finalized her hours yet, but is leaning toward being open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with expanded hours during the summer.
For more information about the market, send McEvoy an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.