Last night the Whatcom County Council joined Bellingham, Lynden and Ferndale in banning big box stores. The county and Ferndale are temporary moratoriums, while Bellingham and Lynden’s are permanent.
I don’t particularly like shopping at Walmart, though I have in the past occasionally. There here and I think we need to set up an area for them, like the Guide, which is already a shoppers mecca. Why not allow them and corral them. If everyone refuses to allow them, what will stop them from going to a reservation. Next to the Silver Reef Casino perhaps. We have the precedent down I5 at the Tulalip. Just look at that and imagine it coming to Whatcom County. We still get the big box stores but lose the tax revenues they generate.