Comment 74245

By mystoneycreek (registered) - website | Posted February 12, 2012 at 05:38:30 in reply to Comment 74235

I think you have to go back to the historical realities: there have been two 'large-scale retailers' (ie 'supermarkets') downtown over the past fifty years. (I am not ignoring entities such as Corsini's or the 'neighbourhood IGA on James South, just being arbitrary, given what the original article about the $650,000 bounty focused on.) The Barn at Hess and York, and a Dominion (?) in Terminal Towers (now 'Effort'). I remember The Barn location being busy. It was viable. I don't have any information on the TT location.

But times change, shopping habits change, the market changes. I can't comment on what the 'large-scale retailers' might prefer in terms of catchment, but a) that's why I'd suggested a community-driven cooperative effort, and b) when the development downtown finally begins, with increased density comes a need to fulfill the needs of these new residents. So we shouldn't just be looking at right now, but also down the road. All things being equal, we're going to need a proper supermarket in the core.

Comment edited by mystoneycreek on 2012-02-12 06:11:18

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