After a steady 2015 in terms of business additions and closures in Whatcom County, this year is already shaping up to be a busy one.
One of the bigger changes is the arrival of Whole Foods, which announced last year that it was putting in a store in the Lakeway Center. It’s scheduled to open in June.
Last summer, the grocer submitted plans for $4 million of remodeling work at the former Market at Lakeway building at 1030 Lakeway Drive. Work includes putting in a pizza restaurant, a coffee and juice bar, and a grocery section that includes meat, seafood, dairy, wine and bakery departments.
2016 is also expected to be the year that a new Costco is built on West Bakerview Road near Interstate 5. Along with the big-box store, a couple of retail centers elsewhere are expected to be built.
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Lummi Nation is also considering retail development on about 160 acres near Slater Road on the west side of Interstate 5. Just north in Ferndale, an application was submitted last fall to put in an unnamed 120,0000-square-foot retailer on Nordic Way, near the Ferndale Grocery Outlet and I-5.
All of that activity is happening despite the continued weakness in the Canadian dollar, which has led to a decline in cross-border traffic.