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Airline passengers will have expanded shopping options in the secure gate holding area at the Bellingham International Airport. Today Port Commissioners approved a five-year lease that provides more space to Halibut Henry’s for a “Grab and Go” food, beverage and gift shop service in the secure portion of the airport.
The business is owned by Bellingham businesswoman Vicki Rogers. Since 1999, Halibut Henry’s has operated a business in the main terminal area of the airport where they sell a variety of food, drink and gift items. They also have a small temporary booth in the secure area. The new lease provides a fixed space for the secure area operation.
“The staff and I are looking forward to the consolidation of our office, kitchen and storage areas, as well as the new "Fresh Food to Go" cafe area,” Rogers said. “We are also excited to finally being able to offer espresso to the customers in the secure side of the airport.”
Rogers added, “As a Bellingham native, I have loved watching the airports growth; It has been gratifying to be a part of this exciting expansion.”
The new lease also consolidates Halibut Henry’s office, storage and food preparation areas at the airport. She plans to invest about $100,000 in her new airport spaces.
“Halibut Henry’s has worked with us at the airport during our slowest times and during these very busy times and has always provided good services to our shared customers,” said Commission President Jim Jorgensen. “We are pleased to see their ongoing commitment at the airport.”
In addition to operating at the airport, Halibut Henry’s also has a seasonal café at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal, Halibut Henry’s Northwest Café. The café recently re-opened and returned to providing food service there seven days a week. This café features fish tacos, fish sandwiches and more with an amazing view of Bellingham Bay. The phone number for the Cruise Terminal Café is 360-734-5015.
Rogers also owns and operates the cruise terminal gift shop, Inside Passage. Rogers’ gift shop was one of the first businesses in the cruise terminal, opening 23 years ago. Rogers employs over 30 people in her Bellingham businesses.