Many Whatcom County retailers market to Canadians, but Woods Coffee is taking it to another level.
The Lynden-based chain’s first Canadian shop is under construction in Tsawwassen, just north of Point Roberts, Washington. The store, which will be the company’s 18th, should open in the first quarter of next year in the Tsawwassen Springs Golf Club.
Woods Coffee partnered on the location with Shato Holdings, a Canadian commercial and residential real estate developer. Shato Holdings will do all the groundwork and manage day-to-day operations at the coffee shop, said Wes Herman, owner of Woods Coffee.
Herman has been interested in opening a Canadian Woods Coffee location for several years, and has considered working with other partners.
“We are honored to be working with Ron and his associates, who have a proven track record and know hospitality,” Herman said about Ron Toigo, managing director of Shato Holdings. “There’s no doubt they will be able to carry on the much-loved Woods culture in B.C.”
Shato Holdings, based in Vancouver, B.C., currently manages more than 200 White Spot and Triple O’s restaurants, popular Canadian hamburger chains.
Woods’ Tsawwassen shop, in a community of about 17,000, will have a drive-thru and a similar look to Woods’ Whatcom locations with a fireplace and a similar interior.
This store will be a test; Herman would like to open many more Canadian shops if the Tsawwassen location works, he said. Woods expanding to Canada could eventually bring more jobs to Whatcom County, as all the coffee sold in the Canadian location will be roasted in Whatcom County.
There’s no lack of java north of the border, but Woods Coffee already has loyal Canadian customers.
“There’s not a week that goes by where a Canadian customer doesn’t email and say ‘would you please open a store in Canada,’” Herman said.