Summer brings new businesses to Sequim

Dan Hayward, right, talks to Bubbles after sweeping construction dust from a portion of the floor of the Sequim Goodwill store. Hayward works for Sheer Design Construction. Sequim Gazette photo by Amanda Winters

Bubbles, a dog, sat in a blue bucket surrounded by construction debris in what soon will be Sequim’s own Goodwill store, watching workers sweep up drywall dust and discuss next steps.

The store is one of several businesses opening in Sequim this summer, while other projects are on hold or still in early stages.

The Goodwill store is expected to open in mid-July, spokesman Matthew Erlich said.

“We’re working on some interior walls in the building and renovating the production area because it will be larger than the normal production area of our stores,” Erlich said.

Erlich said Sequim will house Goodwill’s central facility for the Olympic Peninsula’s stores.
The Sequim store will have a large receiving area where donations can be sorted and prepared for distribution, he said.

The store will be part of Goodwill’s Tacoma region, which spans Tacoma, Longview, Ellensburg, Yakima and the stores in Port Angeles and Port Townsend, Erlich said. Tacoma Goodwill, offering job skill and placement programs, served 3,200 people last year and expects to serve more than 9,000 this year, he said.

While donations are down at several stores, the inclusion of donations from Sequim will help support the job skill programs, he said.

“We are very optimistic about the Sequim community,” he said.

On the other end of town, the International House of Pancakes is scheduled to open on June 22.

Scott Gonzales, IHOP district manager, said about 100 people were hired to operate the restaurant.

Cooks and servers are going through training and people already have started stopping by hoping the restaurant is open, he said.

“We feel like it’s going to be a good spot here,” he said of the location near Walmart on Sequim’s west end. “We have people constantly driving by.”

A Taco Bell at East Hammond and East Washington streets is tentatively set for completion mid-August. Taco Bell representative Sha’ree Vebber did not respond to requests for comment.

The Black Bear Diner planned to neighbor the new Holiday Inn Express has been put on hold, marketing manager Damian Humphreys said.

Economic conditions have postponed the project but it still is planned, he said. Humphreys pointed out the hotel took longer than expected as well.

Clallam Title Company broke ground on a new building this month, also on Washington Street.
Clallam Title Company President Brenda Smith said the 205 W. Washington St. construction is for a new building to house the company’s escrow department.

Smith said no estimated completion date has been set.

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