Move over Cost Cutter. There’s a new dairy vendor in town.
Lynden-based Edaleen Dairy has purchased a plot of land at 458 Peace Portal Drive in preparation for the construction of a 3,200-square-foot store. Crews broke ground on April 21 to begin laying the foundation.
“We’ve had our eye on Blaine for a number of years,” said general manager Mitch Moorlag. “We’ve had a lot of success at our main store in Lynden and at the stores in Sumas and downtown Lynden, and we enjoy being part of those communities.”
He said that while they have been planning this addition for several years, the opening of the Grover Street store in Lynden
and the need to find the right plot of land in Blaine to make it work slowed the process.
“We had to select the site and a plan we were happy with,” he said. “The other site took our attention for a while.”
Blaine’s proximity to the border and water, along with an established relationship with the community, were big draws for the business. “We’re really excited,” he said. The population base is growing there, so we feel it’s a good time. This will be our fourth store.”
Moorlag said he hopes this store will help the dairy become more a part of the Blaine community since they will now have a regular presence. “We’ve sold a lot of milk wholesale in Blaine to other vendors,” he said. “But this will be our first retail store.”
Construction is expected to last four to five months, he said, and should be completed in early September. “Right now, we have to put the pedal down and see how fast we can get it done,” he said.
“We want to be an integral part of the Blaine community.”
The new store will offer the full line of Edaleen Dairy products, including butter, cream and milk. They will also sell soft-serve and hand-dipped ice cream.
Moorlag said that he expects the hours of operation to be similar to the other retail locations. “Most likely we will be open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday,” he said.