|Home Base Home Improvement & G.I.
Joes Sporting Goods Located Behind Home Depot across from
Bellis Fair mall have been closed for some time.
||WinCo Supermarket (Now Under Renovation) This employee
owned location will be one of their newest and largest
superstores. Once open it is sure to shake up the local
supermarket scene with their massively low prices.
||Dwaard & Body Home Appliances (A
great place for a new fridge)
|Linens And Things - Next To Ross
Dress For Less- Closed
||Marshalls - A very cheerful and modern store
definitely worth a look yet crowds of Canadian shoppers
seem to mob the Ross instead.
|Sears Roebuck At
Bellis Fair Mall (It was a dinky store compared to Sears'
flagship palaces in larger cities.
||Soon to be a Sports Authority
Sporting Goods Superstore - Perhaps they can succeed where
G.I. Joes Sporting Goods Failed?
|Toys R Us Toy Warehouse Behind
Ross (Walmart & the internet undercut them)
||Value Village Discount/Resale Shop - Its so big! Maybe
Chinese Restaurant (Good food but expensive) Now Gone
||Wonderful Buffet Chinese
All-You-Can-Eat / Bellingham's Most Popular Asian Buffet.
The food is good but the crowds and parking can be a
challenge. This is one of those places that, like the
saying goes. "Is so popular that nobody goes there
anymore"... at least not locals but there are plenty of
Canadian visitors happy to take their place.
|King's Table Family Buffet
Restaurant where kids under 5 eat free! Yum!
next to Grocery Outlet
||Ye Old King's Buffet is now an abortion clinic. Those
hungry Kids under 5 accustomed to eating free might want
to go to McDonald's or elsewhere for the time being.
|The Old Wilson
Motors Toyota & Mercedes dealership moved to Iowa street
to their new building.
||Now the old Wilson Motors is a
|The old ugly junk yard at Iowa
and I-5 was refurbished
||Now a stunning new Wilson Motors Mercedes / Toyota /
Scion dealership. "Oh What A Feeling" and "Wow.. What A
Grocery Store on James Street - Gone
||Now a much loved Trader Joes Market.
Trader Joes doesn't normally open an outlet in a town the
size of Bellingham however their Everett store got so many
requests from ex-Californians that would drive all the way
to Everett that they decided to open one and just try to
find a parking space. It has been a huge success.
|Pizza Hut closed to become the
Lychee Buffet which lasted only a few years. It was the
best Asian Buffet in town. Perhaps it was too good?
||Now a Woods Coffee.... Who would have thought
Bellingham needed another drive through coffee house?
Woods is excellent, although in Bellingham, all Coffee
stands are excellent aren't they?
Lakeway - Transformed By New Owners
||Now "The Market" supermarket. Wow,
what a beautiful store but where are the customers? Locals
just love their Fred Meyers
and won't give it up without a good reason?
|The Lakeway Shopping center where
the Market is located underwent a major face life.
||Suddenly a strip mall is re-branded as an urban
village. Funny how a brick facade can do so much. The
Center is beautiful but it seems the frozen yogurt shop
brings in the most customers.
Motorcycles and Scooters, Generators, Lawn equiptment etc
closed - Sorry to see it go.
||Soon to be the newest Labels
Buffet And Salad Bar has been transformed into an Adult
||Now a Lovers Package selling romantic
items, novelties, and unique strap-on thingy products.
Fried Chicken Outlet at the south end of Guide Meridian
has clucked it's last chicken
||Now is it yet another popular drive
through espresso/coffee stand
"Burger Me" restaurant on Lakeway which was once a Wendy's
Hamburgers has undergone yet another transformation.
||The tiny Whatcom Water & Sewer
district which originally wanted to build a palatial
multi-million dollar new headquarters has had to settle
for a remolded burger joint. It has actually worked
out well--they did a fine job on
the remodel and should be commended.
|The Good Guys
electronics has been out of business for 8 years-- how
||Now with the new WinCo employee owned
superstore opening soon it is only a matter of time we see
new businesses taking over the old
Good Guys building. How about yet another Woods Coffee?
They seem to be opening up everywhere these days.
Perhaps the biggest Then & Now undertaking in
Bellingham is the 137 acre site along Downtown Bellingham's Waterfront now
vacated by the Georgia Pacific pulp mill and toilet paper plant.
The company sold the land worth approximately $37 Million Dollars
for ten bucks in exchange for a release from having to clean up
the contamination on the site deposited over years of use as an
industrial site. Georgia Pacific produces many well known tissue
products sold under brand names such as Quilted Northern, Soft n'
Gentle, and Angel Soft Toilet Tissue. Other products include
Brawny, Dixie, and Vanity Fair.
Now what to do with the property? Bellingham has
the potential to become a popular Cruise ship port destination. Do
We Develop A Maritime Shopping Village? Orca Aquarium? Waterfront
Children's Graffiti Art Museum? The Possibilities Are Endless
The Bellingham Port Authority would like to build a much needed marina or does
it use the land as a park or for some other use? The city has the
potential to create something truly awesome or completely lame. In
a town that seems to say no to everything it will be interesting
to find out what it finally says yes to.
If you want to really dream about what
Bellingham's waterfront has the potential to be.