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Retail Tipsheet: Much work ahead for Whole Foods in Bellingham

A rendering of what the new Whole Foods Market store will look like when it opens at the Lakeway Center in Bellingham in June 2016.
A rendering of what the new Whole Foods Market store will look like when it opens at the Lakeway Center in Bellingham in June 2016. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

It’s going to be a major remodel at the Lakeway Center as Whole Foods Market gets ready to move in.

The grocer recently submitted a building permit application to do $4 million of remodeling work at the former Market at Lakeway building at 1030 Lakeway Drive. Work will include putting in a pizza restaurant, a coffee/juice bar and a grocery section that includes meat, seafood, dairy, wine and bakery departments. Whole Foods is aiming for a June 2016 opening, said Susan Livingston, the company’s marketing director.

Prior to the opening Whole Foods will be hosting a few events. In January it will have a vendor fair in Bellingham, where the Whole Foods purchasing employees will be on hand looking for local products. Livingston said they usually work with 40 to 60 vendors to get products in the store. Details about the vendor process can be found on the company’s website.

“We’re looking for interesting vendors and really want to get to know them in person,” Livingston said.

The company is also planning to have a job fair to hire 150 employees. The fair will take place about three months before the store’s opening, she said.

According to the building permit application, the store will have 51,292 square feet of space, which is about the same size as the Value Village building on East Bellis Fair Parkway.

FLOAT TANK THERAPY SERVICES COMING

Still Life Massage and Float is expanding to add a new float tank facility at 19 Bellwether Way, Suite 101.

The new facility is expected to be completed by October, said Rebecca Heathcock, a Keller Williams real estate broker who represented the owners in negotiating a lease.

“We are excited to move into a larger space that will allow us to add float tank therapy to our current medical massage service offerings,” said Shannon Fuller, CEO of Still Life Massage and Float in a news release.

The company plans to offer a large-size float tank that is expansive enough to cater to a wide range of customers, including those who experienced claustrophobia in the earlier generation models. The float tank uses Epsom salt to provide complete buoyancy for a restorative experience devoid of light or sound, according to the news release.

For details about the company, visit stilllifemassage.com.

OTHER TIDBITS

Veritas Massage Studio recently doubled in size, including adding a second treatment room at 1229 Cornwall Ave., Suite 209. The expansion will allow owner Traci Soriano to expands the studio’s hours and add another therapist this fall. Along with Soriano, the business has three additional massage therapists. Details can be found at veritasmassage.com. ... J&J Jewelry Co. recently moved into a bigger space at 113 W. Holly St., near the Greenhouse. Owner Jamie Pyshny said the additional space will give her room to do more custom and repair work. Next door, the bakery Gypsies and Ginger Snaps has closed. ... Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress has moved to 112 Grand Ave. and is aiming for an October opening, according to a note on the front door. ... A state liquor license application was submitted to put in a new cafe at the Whatcom Museum Lightcatcher building at 250 Flora St. The proposed new eatery is called Artifacts Cafe & Wine Bar and the applicants are Brandon Wicklund and James McClure.

Susan Livingston’s name was corrected on Monday, Aug. 10.

Reach Dave Gallagher at 360-715-2269 or dave.gallagher@bellinghamherald.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BhamHeraldBiz and on Facebook at BellinghamHeraldBusiness.

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