Retail Tipsheet: Tractor Supply Co. aiming for August opening in Lynden

Remodeling work is underway for one of Lynden’s largest retail buildings.

It was announced earlier this year that Tractor Supply Co. was going into the former Cost Cutter building at 1898 Front St. Tractor Supply is tentatively expecting to have the building ready for a soft opening by Saturday, Aug. 1, said Rob Hoskins, a spokesman for the company.

The store will occupy the entire building, taking about 47,900 square feet of space. A fenced exterior space will be used for storage and displaying some products, including livestock equipment. The store is expected to employ around 15 full- and part-time people, Hoskins said.

Tractor Supply Co. focuses on supplying the needs of recreational farmers and ranchers, as well as small businesses. Merchandise includes equipment for horses, livestock and pets. It also will have tools and towing products as well as lawn and garden items.

It is a very established company that’s coming to Lynden. Tractor Supply has more than 1,400 stores in 49 states, and the Lynden store will be the 26th in Washington state.

This is a very active time for Lynden’s Front Street when it comes to retail. Along with Tractor Supply, five retailers have announced plans to open stores in the Waples Mercantile Building. Those retailers are Village Books, Paper Dreams, Avenue Bread, Drizzle and Overflow Taps. Those businesses are expected to be ready by November.


Danielle Starr has announced that after 10 years in business, she will close her Fairhaven clothing store 4 Starrs Boutique. The last day of business is Thursday, June 11.

The store at 960 Harris Ave. offers women’s and men’s clothing and accessories. New inventory will continue to come in during the final weeks of business, and Starr plans to offer discounts. Currently the discounts are 20 percent off; it increases to 30 percent May 27-31, 50 percent June 1-4, 60 percent June 5-7 and 75 percent June 8-11. All the fixtures are also on sale.

Starr said she decided to close the business to spend more time with family. She’s been working up to seven days a week and needed a break. Retail is her passion, however, so she didn’t rule out a return to the industry at some point.

Updates on the business during these final weeks can be found on its Facebook page.


After years of providing fresh fish to retail and wholesale customers, Barlean’s Fishery at 3660 Slater Road is planning to add some new features this summer.

The first is a food truck, which is expected to start serving lunch at Barlean’s Fishery sometime in July, said Mark Riedesel, general manager of the fishery. The seafood-focused menu will include things like fish and chips. Eventually the truck will drive to other locations.

The other addition is a retail shop, which will sell beer and wine, much of it local and regional.

Details about the company can be found at its Facebook page.


Hops N Headz at 3207 Northwest Ave. has a new beer garden, which includes a shipping container where people can walk up and order drinks. ... Alaska USA Federal Credit Union is putting in a branch at the Barkley Haggen store at 2900 Woburn St., according to a building permit application. ... Hans and Rene Wendt of Great Harvest Bread Co. in Bellingham are starting to search for the next owners of the bakery. According to an email, the Wendts are nearing retirement and want to start the process of finding the right people to take over operations. For details call Hans Wendt at 360-671-0873. In the meantime, it will be business as usual for the bakery, which is at 305 E. Magnolia St.