Albertsons to keep Haggen name on some stores

Filed on 15. Mar, 2016 in News

Albertsons to keep Haggen name on some stores

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal It looks like things will be almost the same. Almost. Albertsons laid out on Monday what will happen if its purchase of 29 Haggen Food & Pharmacy’s stores is approved. Fifteen of the stores will remain under the Haggen brand. The other 14 stores across Washington and Oregon [...]

Haggen reaches deal to sell remaining stores to Albertsons

Filed on 11. Mar, 2016 in Contents, News

Haggen reaches deal to sell remaining stores to Albertsons

By Jim Davis The Herald Business Journal Haggen Food & Pharmacy announced Friday evening that it had accepted Albertsons’ bid to acquire 29 core stores in Washington and Oregon including five in Whatcom County. The Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons would pay $106 million for the stores, according to documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware. The agreement [...]

Bellingham cartoonist makes a living in a dying art

Filed on 07. Mar, 2016 in Contents

Bellingham cartoonist makes a living in a dying art

By Emily Hamann The Bellingham Business Journal Despite the success he’s found in it, drawing cartoons and illustrating was not George Jartos’ first choice. “I was doing sculpture,” he said. “But I knew I could never make a living at it.” Before he went into semi-retirement, Jartos was a prolific cartoonist and illustrator. His work [...]

Pollution measure calls for paying more at pump, less at register

Filed on 09. Feb, 2016 in Contents, Features, News

Pollution measure calls for paying more at pump, less at register

By Deanna Duff For The Bellingham Business Journal Many in Washington believe that it’s time to clear the air regarding climate change. Now environmental groups are currently proposing different approaches to do that. As the 2016 ballot season nears, voters may face multiple options of how best to tackle the challenge. Non-partisan group Carbon Washington [...]

Don’t go in debt: How Judd & Black appliance store expanded since the recession

Filed on 27. Jan, 2016 in Features, News

Don’t go in debt: How Judd & Black appliance store expanded since the recession

By Patricia S. Guthrie For The Bellingham Business Journal If you’re ever looking for the owners of Everett’s homegrown appliance store, Judd & Black, try the freight room. Or the repair shop. Or the aisles of their five stores now spread up and down the I-5 corridor in five counties. Because that’s where Bob and [...]

Industry leader sees change ahead for independent grocers

Filed on 20. Jan, 2016 in Features, News

Industry leader sees change ahead for independent grocers

By Jennifer Sasseen The (Everett) Herald Business Journal The way millennials shop is going to change the grocery business, says local grocer Mike Trask, and smaller independent stores will need to embrace new technologies to survive. Owner of the Granite Falls and Edmonds IGA stores, Trask, 61, was recently named chair of the board of [...]

WSU to teach medical students at branch campuses around state

Filed on 08. Jan, 2016 in Contents

WSU to teach medical students at branch campuses around state

EVERETT — In the not-too-distant future, you may be saying ‘Aaaahh’ to a doctor in training. Washington State University plans to teach medical students in Everett after it launches its new medical school. The idea is that students will spend the first two years of medical school in classroom work in Spokane but then get [...]

Making a case for co-ops: how the rarely-taught business model is gaining traction in Bellingham

Filed on 04. Jan, 2016 in Features, News

Making a case for co-ops: how the rarely-taught business model is gaining traction in Bellingham

Rick Dubrow first considered turning his company into a worker-owned cooperative in 2007. He felt it would be the right thing to do for his long-time employees and for the long-term health of his business, a Bellingham remodeling company called A-1 Builders. More owners—more people with “skin in the game”—would make for a stronger company, [...]

#1 Most Viewed | Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

Filed on 01. Jan, 2016 in Features

#1 Most Viewed | Going Big: What court documents reveal about Haggen’s fast failure

To finish the year, BBJToday.com is featuring its top 10 most-viewed articles from 2015. For the second year in a row, Haggen tops the list. With the company’s bankruptcy proceedings continuing and an auction for its local stores scheduled for early 2016, you can bet Haggen will be near the top of the list next year too. This [...]

#2 Most Viewed | Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

Filed on 01. Jan, 2016 in Features

#2 Most Viewed | Downtown Bellingham Partnership hatches a plan to fill vacancies

To finish the year, BBJToday.com is featuring its top 10 most-viewed articles from 2015. This story was originally published on July 5, 2015.  By Oliver Lazenby The Bellingham Business Journal Imagine a downtown space that allows start-up retailers, dance and fitness instructors and other entrepreneurs to try their business ideas without the commitment and upfront cost of [...]

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