Lynden’s Waples Mercantile Building has landed a well-known local tenant for one of its retail spaces.
Avenue Bread has agreed to take about 3,000 square feet of space in the downtown Lynden building at 444 Front St., formerly known as Delft Square. Avenue Bread co-owner Wendy DeFreest said they plan on opening the Lynden café near the end of 2015, when the rest of the building is expected to be ready.
The eatery will have a full kitchen and a woodstove oven, serving breakfast, lunch and an early dinner, DeFreest said. The oven will come from Avenue Bread’s downtown Bellingham café, which will be remodeled to include a full kitchen to serve breakfast items. The oven was a bit underserved in Bellingham, DeFreest said, and she believes there is an opportunity to bring artisan pizza to Lynden. Along with its bread, sandwiches and pastries, other items in the new Lynden café may include burgers and omelets.
The building, which was nearly destroyed by a fire in June 2008, is currently being redeveloped. The centerpiece of the building will be a 35-room inn, operated by building owners Teri and Matt Treat and Jeff and Debra McClure. With the addition of Avenue Bread, that leaves about 6,500 square feet of available retail space.
For Avenue Bread, business has grown in recent years, particularly after putting in a commercial bakery at 2020 Humboldt St. Along with serving the three Bellingham Avenue Bread cafes, the commercial bakery has landed a variety of wholesale clients, including grocery stores and restaurants. DeFreest said she’s hopeful about growing the wholesale business in Lynden as well. For details on the company, visit avenuebread.com.
Dawson Construction is the general contractor of the Waples Mercantile Building project, while the architect is RMC Architects.