Popeyes and AutoZone for sure, Grocery Outlet sought

LYNDEN ­— Three new businesses, including possibly a Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, are planned for the open area just south of the Safeway store and fuel station on Guide Meridian Road.

The Guide Plaza project also will contain an AutoZone store and Popeyes chicken-specialty restaurant, according to plans being processed by city departments.

Mike Kooy brings the plans as developer for the 2.6 acres. The land is open except for a 1972-built house at the west end on Bay-Lyn Drive that will be moved into the county.

Kooy emphasized that he is still in lease negotiations to secure Grocery Outlet in the largest westerly spot. “It’s not a done deal yet,” he said.

This type of development is all permitted in the Regional Commercial Services zone there, and the three proposed buildings are going through design review, said Planning Director Heidi Gudde.

A hearing for what could be the Grocery Outlet building, at 18,000 square feet, is before the Lynden Design Review Board next Monday, Jan. 8, at 5 p.m. in City Hall Annex. The other two proposed designs are already approved.

Gudde said all three chain retailers have added to or adapted their standard style of building in some way to fit within Lynden guidelines.

The restaurant, with a drive-through lane, would be tight to Bay-Lyn Drive at the Guide Meridian. The auto parts store is positioned close to the Safeway self-service fueling facility. Grocery Outlet is shown at the back of the property, near Safeway.

Kooy said Stremler Gravel Gravel will be getting onto the property this week to begin site preparation. He hopes construction of the Popeyes building can start in March.

The next nearest outlet of a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is in Burlington. Autozone is in Bellingham.

Grocery Outlet is in Ferndale and Bellingham. The California-based company offers discount, overstocked and closeout products from name brand and private label suppliers.

Scholten’s Equipment adds better display to north

LYNDEN — Plenty of Scholten’s Equipment items already on site are a tip-off: the former Miller property just north at 8275 Guide Meridian Rd. is now owned by Duane and Arlene Scholten.

This mostly adjoins to the business at 8223 Guide Meridian, and owner Duane Scholten has already taken some of the fences down.

“I’m just trying to get display out by the road,” he said of the added property. Much of the farm equipment now visible was tucked behind buildings before and not so well seen. “I just wanted the frontage,” he said.

DNA Real Estate Holdings LLC bought the 14.2 acres for $1.15 million from the Miller family trust in 2015, according to county records, and it was cleared of its trees and undergrowth in 2017.

Scholten had thought the 60-year-old house and a barn might be removed, but now that he sees the quality of builder Eugene’ Miller’s craftsmanship in them, they may be kept and restored at some point.

With the city, the Scholtens seek a subdivision into two lots on either side of Duffner Ditch that runs through the property. The back five acres of that split would need to have access via a property owner to the north, said Planning Director Heidi Gudde.

In a property sale along this section of the Guide Meridian, the Washington State Department of Transportation wants to make sure of having the right-of-way to eventually expand the state highway there, city Public Works said.