The Markets LLC to close Lakeway store in Bellingham

Filed on 12. Dec, 2013 in Features

The Markets LLC to close Lakeway store in Bellingham

Just two and half years after undergoing an extensive rebranding effort, The Market at Lakeway grocery store in Bellingham will close in early 2014, according to a Dec. 12 announcement from the store’s owner, The Markets LLC. A final liquidation sale begins on Friday, Dec. 13. The company expects the store will sell off its [...]

Haggen executive says closing TOP brand difficult, but necessary

Filed on 08. Dec, 2013 in Features

Haggen executive says closing TOP brand difficult, but necessary

When Haggen Inc.’s TOP Food & Drug stores first began opening in the 1980s, the focus of the new spinoff brand was right there in its name: TOP, Tough On Prices. But in the decades since, the grocery industry has evolved, new competitors have arrived and a retail company with a long history in the [...]

Bellingham’s waterfront plan seen as progress by some, but not by all

Filed on 08. Dec, 2013 in Features

Bellingham’s waterfront plan seen as progress by some, but not by all

Nearly a decade of work on a master plan for Bellingham’s future Waterfront District ended last week, as local leaders approved guiding framework to redevelop 237 acres of shorefront property along the city’s center. The Bellingham City Council voted, 6-1, Dec. 2 to approve a cluster of documents that lay the course for the new [...]

Washington attorney general’s first year brings full plate

Filed on 03. Dec, 2013 in Features

Washington attorney general’s first year brings full plate

By Brandon Macz Bellevue Reporter Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says his office is prioritizing as best it can to deal with current and pending legal challenges in the state in the face of a slimmer budget, and he’s confident critical issues are being addressed. In an editorial discussion with Reporter staff Tuesday, Dec. 3, Ferguson [...]

Final decisions await Bellingham’s future Waterfront District

Filed on 01. Dec, 2013 in Features

Final decisions await Bellingham’s future Waterfront District

Mike Stoner had news the Port of Bellingham’s commissioners had been waiting to hear: The Bellingham City Council’s dissection of a complex master plan proposal to redevelop swaths of waterfront real estate could finish within weeks, clearing the way for the plan’s final approval. “I think we’re on track,” Stoner, the port’s environmental programs director, [...]

Tim Eyman’s I-517 irked some key business backers

Filed on 01. Dec, 2013 in Features

The article originally appeared on Sunday, Nov. 24, at www.heraldnet.com, the online home of The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash., a partner publication of The Bellingham Business Journal.  By Jerry Cornfield The (Everett) Daily Herald Tim Eyman may wind up losing more from this month’s election than just an initiative. The Mukilteo resident’s last ballot measure put [...]

Jobs Report: Whatcom County accelerates private-sector growth

Filed on 26. Nov, 2013 in Features

Jobs Report: Whatcom County accelerates private-sector growth

Despite a statewide slowdown in fall hiring, Whatcom County’s private industries continue adding workers, with a growth rate eclipsing those found in other parts of Washington state, even traditional employment power centers such as King County. “It really seems that we’re on a trend where finally growth in Whatcom County is accelerating, and a lot [...]

WCC joins private developers in building medical-education facility

Filed on 10. Nov, 2013 in Features

WCC joins private developers in building medical-education facility

Ignore the desks in the center of one of the brand-new nursing labs at Whatcom Community College, as well as the life-like training mannequins that can “breathe” and realistically respond to treatment, and visitors might be convinced they are standing in an actual hospital ward. But even though the labs at WCC’s new Health Professions [...]

Already a leading solar builder, itek Energy prepares for more expansion

Filed on 03. Nov, 2013 in Features

Already a leading solar builder, itek Energy prepares for more expansion

Even with a production floor full of high-tech machinery at Bellingham’s itek Energy, which produces solar modules, one item Karl Untershuetz is particularly eager to show off is a small, modified table that allows workers to efficiently attach frames onto finished panels. Unterschuetz, the company’s business development manager, said the table’s design was not developed [...]

Foss Maritime parent firm buys Everett waterfront site

Filed on 03. Nov, 2013 in Features

By Noah Haglund The (Everett) Daily Herald Kimberly-Clark Corp. has agreed to sell the site of its former waterfront mill to the Seattle-based parent company for Foss Maritime Co., representatives for both sides announced in early October. The deal with Saltchuk Resources could close next spring, if all goes well. Under the plan, some 250 skilled [...]

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