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Monday, December 11, 2006

Big Business Bullies

Although Maple Ridge still has a small town feel in its core, many of the smaller shops and businesses have had to close. On the out skirts of town, big box shopping has arrived. Huge unimaginative shops, buy in mass quantities and sell at reduced prices. The consumers love the deals and variety. Unfortunately the smaller local businesses are suffering for it. Until a few months ago, the nearest movie theater was in the next town. It was an old family run operation with three small cinemas within. Now it has had to close. Squeezed out by the "mega movie" theater which offers enormous variety.

4 comments:

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sophieandersen said...

I love how the signage always competes with the building itself..
"no I'm bigger"
"No, I'M bigger"
seems every time a mom-and-pop storefront closes, we lose a bit of our soul...
Nice thought-provoking capture.

Louz said...

Wonderful photo. Wow. And I agree, is this the world we want to live in and have our kids live in, a world dominanated by bullies?

Gaile said...

This is a nice shot. What kind of camera do you have?

I have to admit that I like the new mall, I was able to do all my Christmas shopping locally (in the Ridge Meadows area). Between some of the smaller arty type stores we still have and the big box guys there is a good selection.