Judd & Black purchases long-operating Bellingham appliance store

  • HBJ staff
  • Tuesday, September 24, 2013 11:16am

EVERETT — Judd &Black, Snohomish County’s largest independent appliance dealer, will expand northward with the Oct. 1 acquisition of one of Bellingham’s oldest family-owned appliance stores.

Terry Lehmann, the third-generation owner of Lehmann’s Maytag Home Appliance Center, plans to retire at the end of September and has sold the store to Judd &Black.

“My decision to retire became much easier when Judd &Black agreed to assume operations here,” Lehmann said in a news release. “They are a community minded store and share our values, which will make them a great new neighbor. We’re confident they’ll take great care of our customers. It should be a smooth transition because they’re keeping all of our employees, including my daughters, Heather Hulbert and Shannon Joneli.”

Judd &Black, which has five locations in Snohomish and Skagit counties, will take over Lehmann’s operations on Oct. 1 under the Judd &Black name.

Lehmann’s grandfather, Ed Lehmann, launched the business in 1929, shortly after the start of the Great Depression, by selling wringer washers door to door in Lynden.

Ed Lehmann moved his company to Bellingham in 1930 and opened a store on State Street. He sold the business in 1965 to his son, Don Lehmann.

Terry Lehmann began working for his father when he was 11 — washing windows, mopping floors and dusting appliances. After attending college business classes for two years, he began working full-time at the store in 1970.

Terry Lehmann and his wife, Jackie, bought the store in 1987.

Lehmann’s, a Maytag dealer since its founding, offers washers, dryers, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators and coin-operated laundry equipment for rental units. It also has a complete service and parts department.

The store has been located at multiple locations during its 84-year history, primarily in downtown Bellingham.