Friday, February 24, 2006

Elmira Downtown Changing

Elmira's downtown is changing. The Stedman's store, a small department store, that is closing will be turning into The Bargain Store. The owners decided to close because of big box stores in Kitchener-Waterloo. Recently, a burger restaurant closed and a diner continues to sit empty. With several dollar-type stores and the thrift shop opening in the downtown and a boarded-up hotel, Elmira's downtown is unattractive to people like me.

But the biggest problem might be that most stores are not open on Sundays, only the grocery and convenience stores are open. Stedman's was not open on Sundays nor is the hardware store and the drug store. With, at least one grocery store opening soon at the south end of town, more commercial development and the big box stores that are short drive away, the town's downtown will have improve its image as the town grows.

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