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A big store remodel and a new Whatcom restaurant coming soon

New technology being tested at area Walmart stores

The goal of Walmart's FAST Unloader is for workers to spend less time sorting deliveries in store backrooms.
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The goal of Walmart's FAST Unloader is for workers to spend less time sorting deliveries in store backrooms.

Here’s a retail tipsheet roundup of what’s happening around Whatcom County:

A state liquor license was submitted to put in a restaurant at 4823 Alderson Road Suite 107-108 in Birch Bay, near The C Shop. The proposed name is Scampi Osteria and the applicants are Devon Drake, Giovanni Saffioti and Rosemary Saffioti.

Walmart is making a major push remodeling its stores, and that includes in Washington state. In a news release, the company announced it is spending $36 million to remodel stores in this state, including Bellingham.

Many of the Walmart Washington remodels will include adding new technology, including grocery delivery, automated floor scrubbers and pickup towers. Walmart didn’t announce what specific new features are coming to Bellingham, but the Bellingham store will have expanded produce, bakery, baby and deli departments and an updated electronics department.

For those stressed about Monday’s tax filing deadline, Kona Ice is offering a way to chill out in Bellingham.

As part of National Chill Out Day, Kona will have a truck parked in the Barkley District at 2211 Rimland Drive handing out free cups of tropical shaved ice. The giveaway is happening from 1-3 p.m. on Monday in the nearby parking lot. Kona is doing this in hundreds of locations across the U.S.

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Kona will have a truck parked in the Barkley District at 2211 Rimland Drive handing out free cups of tropical shaved ice from 1-3 p.m. on Monday, April 15, 2019. Kona Ice Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Black Drop coffeehouse announced on Facebook that this year will be the 10th and final Save Our City: Zombies vs. Survivors event. The water balloon fight/scavenger hunt is happening on June 8 and is a free event, but they are on the lookout for volunteers.

Pretty Penny Clothing is planning a “grand reopening party” for 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, after moving from California to Bellingham.

The store is at 2330 Elm St., next to the Monroe Street intersection in the Columbia neighborhood. According to a news release, the party will feature live music, food, drinks and a pop-up booth by a local jewelry maker.

The store was established in 2006 in Oakland, Calif. The local store will offer vintage and one-of-a-kind clothing, according to owner Sarah St. Mary.

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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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