Blaine will soon have a big boost of retail in its downtown core.
Edaleen Dairy has begun construction of a 3,200-square-foot store at 458 Peace Portal Drive, on the west side of Interstate 5. The store will be similar in focus to the one in Lynden, offering a wide variety of ice cream as well as other dairy products, including milk, said Mitch Moorlag, general manager of the company.
Moorlag expects the store to be ready in the early fall, possibly September. The company also operates dairy stores in Lynden and Sumas.
Moorlag said the company has had its an eye on Blaine for a while, and moved forward when it was able to acquire a piece of property that’s a high traffic area that also made them feel they are in the heart of the community. While Canadian traffic is a factor in the company’s business plan, Moorlag said what’s more important to them is first being a part of the local community.
The building, designed by JWR Design in Lynden, will meet the design standards for Blaine’s downtown core, Moorlag said. It will have an open floor plan with indoor and outdoor seating. Eagle Construction is the general contractor on the project.
Edaleen offers around 45 different flavors of soft serve and hard dip ice cream. Moorlag said that while ice cream is very popular when the weather warms up, they are also able to sell it in winter.
“It’s considered a comfort food for many,” he said.
Dairy products are particularly popular for Canadian shoppers, given the amount of money they can save by purchasing it in Whatcom County. When the Canadian dollar weakened compared to the U.S. dollar earlier this year, Edaleen noticed a little dip in sales, Moorlag said.
“We try to focus on the quality of our products to keep them coming back, and not the exchange rate,” he said.