Retail Tipsheet: Walgreens project underway on Bellingham’s Samish Way

While Samish Way has been in the news recently because Bellingham City Council voted to condemn the Aloha Motel, other parts of that area are undergoing redevelopment.

Preparations are being made to demolish the Shell gas station at 125 N. Samish Way to make way for a Walgreens pharmacy. According to plans submitted to the city, the pharmacy will be a 14,490-square-foot building where the gas station stood. It will have a drive-through on the east side of the building. No completion date for the Walgreens building has been announced.

Plans also call for a 4,500-square-foot building on the north side of the property. In between the two new buildings is the site of a former Black Angus restaurant, which will be demolished to make way for parking spaces. Both of the new buildings will be near the sidewalk, which fits with the city’s efforts to improve the design of that area.

It’s a part of town that has been without a tenant for a long time. The Black Angus closed back in August 2008.

Farther north on 218 N. Samish Way, near Diego’s Mexican Grill and Take-Out, plans were recently submitted to construct a single-story commercial building. Plans call for two small commercial spaces, each around 1,500 square feet. The proposal was submitted by Integrand LLC, a real estate development company from the Seattle area. On its website, the company also has a proposal for a second phase, which would add three floors.


Last week, building permits were submitted to put in a new trampoline park at 4201 Meridian St., Suite 107, in a warehouse behind the Pro Golf Discount store.

Rajiv Malhan, who submitted the plans for the Trampoline Zone, said he is aiming for an opening at the end of December. Along with trampolines to jump on, the 18,000-square-foot facility will have foam pits, a ninja course, dodgeball court, a dunk court, four party rooms and a separate area for smaller children to play.


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