After long preparation, the Northwood Market is back serving a part of Whatcom County that’s seeing more residential growth.
The market at 1501 E. Badger Road opened for business on Sept. 11 after being closed several months. The new owners, Layne and Lori Brennick, say they are running it as a convenience store that has a little bit of everything. It’s for people in nearby neighborhoods who forgot to pick up a grocery item or two but don’t want to go into town. The plan is to add a deli and offer beer growlers by this winter, Layne Brennick said.
The Brennicks moved to Lynden after working as educators in Georgia. Layne Brennick, who previously lived in Lynden and has family in the area, said when the store came up for sale they saw it as an opportunity. New houses and neighborhoods have been coming to northeast Lynden, but there wasn’t much new retail development in the area, he said.
After taking over the business, the new owners spent nine weeks cleaning, resurfacing the interior and fixing up the outside of the building. Layne Brennick is still researching the history of the building, but believes it opened as a market in the early 1940s. While going through the building, he found a large scale that indicates the store offered meat butchering at some point.
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Much of the cleanup work was done during the construction of a traffic roundabout at East Badger and Northwood roads, just outside the store.
“It was perfect timing,” Brennick said, noting that the store probably wouldn’t have had much business during the road construction project.
Besides stocking the basics, Layne Brennick said they want to focus on local products, including dairy, cheese and beer. The store has a beer cave that will include regional craft beers.
Even though the business just opened, Brennick said he’s already seeing signs that the makeover was worthwhile. One recent morning, a group of people were hanging out, drinking coffee and chatting. He’s also had children ride up on bikes from nearby neighborhoods to pick up items their parents needed.
“When we first opened, we had a steady stream of local families coming in and saying thank you,” Brennick said. “That’s been the best thing.”
Details and updates can be found at the Northwood Market’s Facebook page.
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