Here is a roundup of retail tipsheet items happening around Whatcom County:
▪ A new Grocery Outlet store in Lynden is planning an April 11 grand opening, according to a news release.
There will be a variety of giveaways, including gift cards for the first 200 customers. There will also be free reusable bags and a chance to win free groceries for a year. The grand opening ceremony starts at 8:55 a.m., according to the news release.
Along with the typical grocery items, the store offers health, seasonal items and beer/wine. The company also has stores in Bellingham and Ferndale.
▪ Office Depot is closing its Bellingham store at 4297 Meridian St., near Hobby Lobby, on May 18. The company that owns Office Depot also owns OfficeMax, which has a store at 1065 E. Sunset Drive that can serve customers, said Shera Bishop, a communications specialist at Office Depot, in an email. Bishop said the company is offering severance packages to impacted employees and when possible identifying open opportunities at neighboring stores.
▪ A building permit application was submitted to put in a business called the Fairhaven Same Day Clinic at 3125 Old Fairhaven Parkway, near Starbucks and Interstate 5.