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Whole Foods moves up opening day for its Bellingham store

Abbott Construction’s Mike Ezukameow sweeps the floor between new coolers March 9, 2016, at the Whole Foods store going in at Lakeway Center in Bellingham. The store is scheduled to open in May.
Abbott Construction’s Mike Ezukameow sweeps the floor between new coolers March 9, 2016, at the Whole Foods store going in at Lakeway Center in Bellingham. The store is scheduled to open in May. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

The remodeling of the new Bellingham Whole Foods store is going well, so much so that it could open a month earlier than planned.

Whole Foods has scheduled its opening day at the Lakeway Center for Wednesday, May 11, said spokeswoman Susan Livingston. The 51,292-square-foot grocery store at 1030 Lakeway Drive also will have a pizza restaurant, coffee/juice bar and a variety of other features. The grocery section will include meat, seafood, dairy, wine and bakery departments. It was originally scheduled to open sometime in June.

“It (the remodel) has been very smooth,” Livingston said.

The company will be busy installing the fixtures and soon will begin stocking the store.

Whole Foods will be hiring about 150 workers in the coming weeks and getting things organized with between 40 and 70 local and regional producers.

The company has been awarding grants to local schools for healthier meal programs. The Bellingham school district was recently given $120,000 to try to improve lunch programs. The grant will fund several aspects including workshops, an assessment of the current program and technical assistance.

Several elementary and middle schools in Bellingham as well as the Lummi Nation school also will receive school garden grants from the Whole Kids Foundation.

BIG BOOMUARY FOR BOOMER’S

Customers apparently got their fill of burgers and fries in January and February at Boomer’s Drive-In.

In a post on its website, Boomer’s announced that this year’s anniversary sale known as Boomuary set all kinds of records in terms of sales. During the sale burgers were $2.99. To illustrate how much they sold, the drive-in restaurant at 310 N. Samish Way did some number crunching and came up with these estimates:

▪  If laid down end to end, all the hamburger patties sold would stretch just short of nine miles.

▪  A stack of the hamburger buns would reach 17,746 feet high.

▪  Carhops hand-scooped enough hard ice cream for milkshakes to fill a large backyard swimming pool.

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