The Meridian neighborhood is characterized by a bustling economy. The Bellis Fair Mall spurred most of this growth with its creation several years ago.
Many visitors are drawn from around the region, especially across the Canadian border, to shop in the Meridian neighborhood. The mall leases to larger retailers such as Macy’s, Target, JC Penny, Kohl’s, and Sports Authority. Inside you will find dozens and dozens of stores, including Hallmark, Abercrombie and Fitch, and Hot Topic. The food court is usually busy as shoppers take advantage of the numerous restaurants, including Kojo of Japan, Ivar’s, Cinnabon, and more. Recent renovations have brought full-sized restaurants like Chipotle and Buffalo Wild Wings to the mall as well.
The fun doesn’t stop once you leave the mall doors, however. Red Robin and Boston Pizza reside on the outskirts of the parking lot, and the food attracts more than just mall-goers. These restaurants are favorites for those who stop in from their commute on Meridian, and other customers drive from other neighborhoods in town to order that special meal.
Even more stores and restaurants can be found across Meridian Street. The Home Depot, Ross, and Denny’s are a few of the more recognizable names, but local restaurants like Indian Flavors, Mi Mexico, and Thai House are also popular places to eat.
With easy access to shopping, jobs, and I-5, the Meridian neighborhood is a smart place to live. The City of Bellingham has recognized the need to create housing options in the Meridian neighborhood, and developers have already built comfortable apartment complexes and condominiums in the southern part of the neighborhood. However, there is still room for more.
To make life more pleasant for the quickly increasing number of residents in the area, the City of Bellingham has plans to create greenbelts and parks in the Meridian neighborhood. Telegraph Creek and Spring Creek already run through residential areas, so those are promising locations for future park spots.