Thursday, March 13, 2014

Dreaming of Trader Joe's Panorama?



Well, the old public market building is still standing, begging for some attention and a new life, or maybe just begging to be put out of its misery.  This year marks the 16th anniversary of its closure, meaning a child born  the same year this place shut down is now old enough to drive.
This property seems to attract an unusual type of developer. One who doesn't seem to make any effort to actually do something. Maybe it'll be flipped again?  Wouldn't it be great if some deep pocketed developer with  true community pride made the current owner an offer he couldn't refuse? 

current condition of  building


So much potential. A public market can work here. It HAS worked here. It IS the right location. 

Way, way back in 1986, an even older  funkier market at this corner was thriving. It was our semi-rural community's "third place". The problems came when the owner decided to construct the place above and dramatically increase the rent to rates that were equal to what the West Edmonton Mall was getting. Vendors  couldn't  afford that, and the place died a sad, slow death.

Now, with the explosion in population in the Newton area, it's the perfect time to have a new option for Sullivan Heights and Panorama. The neighbourhood is booming with young families who love shopping at stores like Choices, Whole Foods and a cross border favourite Trader Joe's.

Interior still shows remnants of past glory days

Speaking of Trader Joe's, when I was at the TJ store in Bellingham WA. yesterday, I looked around and thought, wouldn't the old market place on 64th & King George be perfect for  BC's first Trader Joe's location?
There's a  good reason Costco  chose  this area  for its only Surrey store.  Newton is the centre of Surrey. Literally.  Of  course, TJ's most likely won't be popping up here anytime soon. 
But we can always dream right?  

Just picture this in your neighbourhood!





Just spotted this story on Twitter. Looks like we're not the only ones to be dreaming of a Trader Joe's opening in the neighbourhood!
 Hey Joe