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Retail Tipsheet: Bellingham’s Roger Jobs completes renovation of showrooms, service areas

After nine months of renovation work, the Roger Jobs Motors dealership has a completely new look for customers that includes a more efficient service area.

Along with completely rebuilding the Audi showroom and extensively remodeling the Porsche and Volkswagen areas, the dealership at 2200 Iowa St. now has an enclosed service area where customers can pull in and avoid the rain. Drivers can pull up to one of the two large garage doors, which are programmed to open in about one second, said Mitch Noyes, who has been a sales consultant for the company for 15 years.

The customer lounge area also was remodeled. In total the service area added about 2,500 square feet of covered space, while the enclosed Audi showroom added about 1,500 square feet of indoor space and the Porsche area added about 1,000 square feet.

Most of the remodeling work was done to keep compliant with the three car companies Roger Jobs represents, Noyes said. One other result of the remodel is that the used vehicles are now at a separate nearby lot at 2007 Iowa St.

Despite all the construction and moving, Noyes said car sales have gone well. Across Whatcom County last year, 4,136 new cars and trucks were sold by local dealerships, a 3.1 percent increase compared to 2013, according to data from the Dominion Cross-Sell Report. The company tracks the sales through the Washington State Department of Licensing. In 2012, local dealers sold 3,657 vehicles.

For details on the dealership, visit rogerjobs.com.

GOOD TO GO PIES OPENS SECOND STORE

Three years after opening a meat pie restaurant in Everson, Holly Bevan-Bumford has expanded into Lynden.

Good to Go quietly opened earlier this month at 305 Grover St., near the Lynden Library. The restaurant serves up freshly made food in the tradition of the British pasty, resulting in a semi-circle baked good that is crimped on one side. Along with meat pies, the restaurant has dessert pie options.

Bevan-Bumford said one factor that convinced her to open a store in Lynden was the huge response they got at the Lynden Farmers Market.

“We were so well-received there that we felt we needed to get open in Lynden,” she said. “I’ve been truly overwhelmed with welcomes from people in the community.”

Both restaurants are open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Details can be found on the company’s Facebook page.

OTHER TIDBITS

La Patisserie at 3098 Northwest Ave. has closed. According to a sign on the door, a new café will be going into that spot soon. The restaurant was founded 29 years ago, with Joyce Cheng taking over in October 2011. Cheng opened a second restaurant near Trader Joe’s called La La Eatery but closed it last year. ... Fanatik Bike Co. at 1812 N. State St. is now serving local craft beer and cider during business hours. “We want our customers to start and end rides at Fanatik, share stories and enjoy craft brews while waiting for their bike to be repaired,” said owner Kathy Salisbury. Fanatik will be celebrating the company’s 10th anniversary 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, with a variety of events, including a visit from bike legend Brett Tippie. ... At 714 Ohio St., in the former Wonder Bread space, a building permit was submitted to renovate the building for a new Sherwin-Williams paint store. ... An application was submitted to put in a new Port of Subs sandwich shop in the former Baskin-Robbins space at the Bakerview Fred Meyer shopping center. ... At 4369 Meridian St., near Walmart, an application was submitted for a new commercial building. ... At 1270 Barkley Blvd., an application was submitted for a new bank building with a drive-through window. It’ll be near the Lowe’s home improvement store. ... North of Walmart at 4564 Meridian St., an application was submitted to build an 8,208-square-foot building for marijuana production and processing. ... At 115 W. Chestnut St., an application was submitted to put in a new art studio. ... At Bellis Fair, a permit was submitted to remodel the storefront of the clothing store Hollister Co.

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