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Lynden gets a new grocery store; office supply company closes one of two local stores

An employee stocks cheese at the Ferndale Grocery Outlet in 2015. A new store is opening in Lynden April 11.
An employee stocks cheese at the Ferndale Grocery Outlet in 2015. A new store is opening in Lynden April 11. The Bellingham Herald

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.

The store will employ 30 people and is at 144 Bay Lyn Drive, near the Popeyes restaurant. Details about the Grocery Outlet can be found on its website.

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.

Dave Gallagher has covered the Whatcom County business community since 1998. Retail, real estate, jobs and port redevelopment are among the topics he covers.
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