Comment 79894

By Pxtl (registered) - website | Posted August 17, 2012 at 10:09:34

So a supermarket taking over the temporary Farmer's Market location? Neat! I hope they can get some kind of exterior entrance and can get some good signage going.

They should look into buying one of the nearby surface-parking properties and convert it into their own private lot with a shopping-friendly pricing structure (or free for customers with a grocery receipt). I know RTH hates the "private free parking lot" thing, but this is a supermarket - a lot of customers are going to be driving in simply because a load of groceries sucks to carry otherwise (yes, I'm speaking from experience here, even a Chariot trailer and panniers ain't fun). Alternately, this is a place where the City could help in lieu of their half-million forgivable loan.

This is something people are going to be driving to, and Hamilton's private and public lots have a terrible pricing-structure for shoppers and are prettymuch aimed at commuters. At many of them an hour-and-a-half shopping trip will cost the same as a full-day stay.

Still, this is very exciting for downtown and I wish them all the best.

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