Former wine shop, deli in Birch Bay has new owners

Published on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The space that once held CJ Wijns has sat vacant since the deli and wine shop closed last year. Photo by Jeremy Schwartz.

The space that once held CJ Wijns in Birch Bay has new owners who are on the hunt for new tenants.

Kenneth and Janet Russell, along with another couple from Kenmore, Washington, have purchased the property for $320,000. The original listing price was $341,500.

“The price was attractive enough,” Kenneth Russell said.

Russell, who owns a condo at the Grand Bay building where the space is located, said he heard about the property at a condo association meeting. He said one of the reasons he bought it was to have control over who moves into the spot next.

”We’ll entertain most anything, but not something with late night music.” Russell said. “It would be a good location for retail or a little restaurant.”

The property was bought from Homestar Northwest LLC, a division of Homestead Northwest. CJ Wijns was one of a number of properties left vacant or foreclosed upon in the Birch Bay area after the Homestead Northwest group of companies experienced financial trouble.