Yesterday I took a walk down to the long awaited opening of the redevelopment of the Woodwards store site - it is a blend of retail, educational, ngo's as well as market and non-market housing.
The first two retail to open are London Drugs - this is there 78th store in the chain - part of the third largest privately held company in the province and Nester's which is part of the Buy Low chain which is part of the Overwaitea Food group which is part of Jim Pattison Industries which is the largest privately held company in BC.
Nester's is going to use the old Woodwards $1.49 Today theme at times to promote the store and it should worked yesterday - the store was packed and in talking to my cashier they were catch unprepared for the large numbers.
Time will tell if this development will be the saviour of the downtown Eastside and start to bring it back to respectability.
While cool it was a pleasant walk down to the site and I passed a couple of landmarks on the way - including the tower at the Sinclair Building and the revolving tower on top of the old Sears - now SFU downtown campus.