With the end of the second quarter nearly here, Whatcom County received closure announcements from several businesses. This week I wrote about Back Porch Alley (closed), CompuCare (closed), Brown’s Bellingham Beauty & Barber Supply (closing Tuesday) and Eleni’s Family Restaurant (closing next month).
Through Friday I’ve tallied 47 announced business closures in 2009, ahead of last year’s pace of 83 (there are no official records of business closures that I know of, so I try to keep an eye out for what has opened or closed). As for openings on the retail side, it’s about the same (I still need to go back and tally that, as well).
It seems the end of the second quarter is a busy time for closures, because that’s when different sets of taxes are due. We’ll see if it slows down as we get into July.