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.