|Two hours after the new Stong's store on Dunbar opened, John and I paid a visit. It's still being stocked, but Dunbar residents were so eager to get their feet in the door that it was opened for a few hours. Photo by John.|
|The vegetable selection looks about the same as in the previous store a few blocks up the street.|
|Word about today's opening flashed around the neighbourhood, and little groups of neighbours were re-establishing themselves at one of their favourite meeting places.|
|Store president Cori Bonina talks to a customer at the front door.|
|John captures the busy scene inside from the outside sidewalk.|
The new store seems airy and is bigger than the old one three blocks further down Dunbar, which closed earlier this year. It has a few new features, including a little coffee shop; John was eyeing the equipment to calculate the potential quality of its offerings. The mood was jolly, Christmas trees were up, and company president Cori Bonina was talking to customers at the front door. I'm not the only one happy to have "my" store back -- two hours after the doors opened, the crowds were thick enough that we decided to put off buying anything for another day.
The biggest plus? It takes 3.5 minutes to walk from our front steps to Stong's front door. No excuses for running out of milk now.
|I had to take a picture of some of the colourful fruit and vegetable displays.|
|The produce section seemed quite well stocked.|
|The new front door, with Christmas trees and window cartoons already up.|