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Say no to Whistler big box stores

It was with great interest I read your article a couple of weeks ago regarding the rezoning application coming to council to allow a London Drugs store to open with a 16,000 square-foot location.

Not to mention changing the flavour of the village from having locally owned and operated business to having all the clerks in nice blue smocks. I am not trying to mock the concept of uniformity but in my mind it is not what an active adventure-seeking clientele, which is whom I get the impression Whistler-Blackcomb is trying to attract here.

To put that in perspective, that is approximately five times the size of the Grocery Store in the main village, seven or eight times the size of Cittas, 16 times the size of Moguls, 25 times the size of Behind the Grind and close to 53 times the size of both 28-Minute Photo and the Crystal Lodge’s Foto Source!

I choose to compare these businesses for the reason they are unique and locally owned and patronized by residents.

While I don’t disagree the drug stores in town are severely lacking in enthusiasm and product mix, I still feel the addition of a store this big will do nothing but harm the viability of dozens of local businesses. I know there will be arguments that small businesses do survive big box concepts but we have a permanent population of less than 10,000 people. This is not Vancouver but I am sure with a little effort the village could be transformed into another outlet mall.

I urge the Mayor and Council to carefully consider the consequences of allowing such a large store to open in the heart of the village.

But I guess on the positive side it would be much easier to issue just a few business licenses to the London Drugs and Wal-Marts of the world than to have to deal with the plethora of small entrepreneurs who have been contributing to our economy and our guest experience.

I would also urge the landlords to step carefully when going from a mix of business to a few large tenants who ultimately will be in control of your destiny and guest experience.

Karen de Waard

Whistler

Used Book Sale a best seller

Once again, the Used Book Sale, held on the Thanksgiving Weekend, has been a wonderful success! Over $2800 was raised to be split between the school libraries at Spring Creek and Whistler Secondary. The money raised will be used to purchase new books for both libraries.

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