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#7281 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 April 2022 - 10:15 AM

Not every retailer is willing to play the Match Game. For many, it could spell Jeopardy. But look, if The Price is Right, go for it. It’s the Definition of Let’s Make a Deal.

#7282 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 05 May 2022 - 11:56 AM

A consignment store specializing in outdoor gear and equipment has opened in the former Starbucks @ Quadra and Yates.



#7283 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 06:58 AM

2% Jazz is closing its Hudson District location on May 13th.

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#7284 Nparker

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 07:26 AM

I won't miss the smell of their coffee beans roasting.

#7285 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 07:28 AM

2% Jazz is closing its Hudson District location on May 13th.

Does this mean that they will move the roasting operation to their Hillside location?



#7286 spanky123

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 07:30 AM

2% Jazz is closing its Hudson District location on May 13th.

 

Not a surprise, a lot of office workers still staying at home.



#7287 Mike K.

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 07:37 AM

Does this mean that they will move the roasting operation to their Hillside location?


It sounds like they have a new roasting operation there.

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#7288 Spy Black

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 03:21 PM

Street level retail is an awfully expensive location to set up a square footage intensive coffee roasting operation. It would likely be far more suited to a warehouse or something not right in the downtown core. 

That locations square footage was mostly the roasting operation, with not too much seating (and the smell of roasting beans a tad offensive at times if you happened to be sitting in there when the "roast" was at its stinkiest).

 

Moving to Johnny Rockets burger joint, at least the one in the Bay Centre ... they have had signs up recently noting closures due to lack of staff, but the reality for those (including myself) who actually ventured in to purchase a burger for lunch, there was simply nobody in there at any point in the day.

 

Pre-COVID, you had to get there early if you wanted to get an empty chair to sit down in the restaurant for lunch.

Since the end of 2021, the restaurant has been empty all day long ... with all the seats unoccupied.

An awfully expensive retail location to basically not have any customers through the day ... which is to say it was likely never going to survive this post COVID abandonment of downtown office workers who buy their lunch (and keep places like this going).


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#7289 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 May 2022 - 05:27 AM

Arq Salon is one of the top salons in the city providing haircutting, colour, and styling services to its loyal clientele and new customers. This salon has been in operation for over 26 years in the downtown core along Douglas Street. See supplements for full listing package information and Fixtures List.

 

 

https://www.realtor....ctoria-downtown

 

 

$79,900

 

 

 

 

26 years and still a good-looking storefront.

 

 

 

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#7290 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 May 2022 - 05:29 AM

An exciting 21,538 sf retail strata investment opportunity in the heart of Victorias downtown core. The opportunity is comprised of one commercial strata unit fully leased long term providing an investment return of 5.25% with existing financing in place for an easy acquisition. Tenanted by MEC, a Vancouver born outdoor gear and retail brand founded in 1971 with 22 stores across Canada is known as the largest supplier of outdoor clothing and recreational gear in the Country. The Property offers exceptional frontage spanning the width of an entire city block, bound by Johnson Street, Government Street and Pandora Avenue.

 

 

https://www.realtor....ctoria-downtown

 

$11,900,000

 

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#7291 mdb1983

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Posted 13 May 2022 - 08:53 AM

save on foods at university heights closes on june 23. that's the last big anchor left there. everything else has pretty much moved on like canada post and the pharmacy. that dollar store is still there but it'll be gone soon too i'm sure. 


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#7292 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 May 2022 - 02:38 AM

Times Colonist Book Sale customers poured into the Victoria Curling Club as they returned Saturday to a favourite event last held in 2019 prior to the pandemic.

 

With eyes bright with anticip­ation, many said, “Thank you” to the volunteers who are critical to putting on the popular ­fundraising event for literacy.

 

Mark Taylor, head volunteer co-ordinator, called out “welcome back” to people entering the building, at 1952 Quadra St., when doors opened at 9 a.m. to look through books priced at $1, $2 and $3.

 

The first people lined up just before midnight and hundreds more arrived in the morning, sending the line down Pembroke Street and snaking through the adjacent parking lot.

 

Despite a slight morning drizzle, “the lineup was the longest that I can remember,” said a pleased Taylor.

 

 

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#7293 mdb1983

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Posted 21 May 2022 - 09:31 AM

i've heard from friends that Walmart on Hillside is finally opening on June 6. It was supposed to open sooner but apparently a recruiter said they had trouble hiring people. 



#7294 Nparker

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Posted 21 May 2022 - 09:49 AM

The generation that doesn't want to work.



#7295 phx

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Posted 21 May 2022 - 10:04 AM

“Lying flat” is a movement among young people in China.  It is based on a lack of ambition: people work as little as possible, don’t get married, don’t have kids, don’t buy property, etc.

 

Sadly, it’s happening here too.


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#7296 Nparker

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Posted 21 May 2022 - 10:11 AM

So what's the point of their lives?



#7297 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 21 May 2022 - 10:12 AM

They play video games probably.



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"I'm continuing to get rid of the negative energy in my life. I think 2022 will be an upgrade on 2021, but I still don't want to do anything. I will continue to 'lie flat'. I enjoy this state."

When Jeff (not his real name), left his home city of Hangzhou, for a highly-paid job as an app developer in Beijing several years ago, like many young Chinese professionals, work became his life.

The little spare time he had outside work, he spent playing what he describes as "mindless" computer games. He didn't develop a social circle in his new adopted city and eventually gave up trying.

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#7298 m3m

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Posted 21 May 2022 - 04:30 PM

The generation that doesn't want to work.


Good for them.
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#7299 Mike K.

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Posted 22 May 2022 - 06:51 AM

Bad for downtown, so far.
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Posted 22 May 2022 - 09:05 AM

i've heard from friends that Walmart on Hillside is finally opening on June 6. It was supposed to open sooner but apparently a recruiter said they had trouble hiring people. 

 

Do they need employees anymore at Walmart, I thought everything was automated now!

 

My nephew and his friends are reluctantly starting to go back to work. CERB money has run out and the cost of living is skyrocketing up. Even with free room and board with mom and dad they need a job!

 

Further up the food chain and am hearing of several companies that are starting to lay off staff as recession fears mount. Everyone had to optimize during covid by only operating during the busiest and most profitable hours. 

 

I think that by later this fall staff shortages will have eased.


Edited by spanky123, 22 May 2022 - 09:05 AM.

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