Our Lummi Island Community

Islander Store

2106 S. Nugent Rd
Lummi Island, WA 98262

Owners Brad and Deborah O’Malley have put their heart and soul into The Islander over the years to serve the island. It’s a difficult business under the best of circumstances with a tiny customer base. Add to that the slim margins and competition from large grocery chains in Ferndale and Bellingham, not to mention Costco. It’s simply not possible to even remotely compete on a price basis.

The Islander can offer what these other stores can never offer — first and most important, CONVENIENCE. To be able to get any of the basic groceries within a few minutes of your home, any time of year is extremely valuable. Fresh dairy, produce, staples, drinks of all sorts, brewed coffee and baked goods, and misc. hardware and household items. All there. All the time. No two-hour round trip with the ferry required.
Second, and equally important, The Islander has been a CENTER OF THE COMMUNITY. A place to go and see some of the folks you know, and meet some you don’t. A place to see postings of island activities, buy a newspaper and have a cup of coffee (preferably with one of their in-store baked cookies!). Or sit out front on a nice day with an ice-cream bar and watch the ferry traffic come and go. Or play checkers. There’s much more to The Islander than just a place to grab some essentials. There are few places on the island that serve this purpose, and none do it as well. (We love the Beach Store Café and the Willows, the Island Library, the Grange, the churches, the Lummi Island Heritage Trust and the Fire Station activities. But of all these places, the store is really the hub of the wheel.)  

“I’ve been coming to Lummi since I was three years old, and now 60 years later I can come up more often with my kids and five grandkids
— who have spent much time in the candy aisle of the store — just like I did years ago.”  
Tim Hodgson

Editor: Our thanks to Tim Hodgson who has provided this introduction to The Islander Store and the Video below. 


Can goods, Cat Food, Dog Food, Wine, Mixers, Baked Goods, Baking Supplies, Fresh vegetables, Frozen Food, Ice Cream, Beverages, Milk, Beer, Coffee, Tea, Hardware, T-Shirts, Danish, Cookies, Bread, Personal Care, Over the Counter Drugs, Newspapers, Office Supplies, School Supplies, Oil, Fireplace, Matches, Fire Starter, Shipping Container Rentals, Chess, Memorials, Announcements, Phone Book, Contests, Accounts, Sandwiches, Movies, Movie Rental, Breakfast, Cereal, Oats, Oatmeal, Flour, Spices, Herbs, Potatoes, Bananas, Tomatoes, Onions, Eggs, Butter, Sour Cream, Creamer, Sugar, Chips, Dips, Jerky, Bacon, Chicken, Sausage,

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Updated: 2021/10/20 @ 12:08 pm Gayle Lurenz

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