1912 Kitsilano Corner Store

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Corner stores have been disappearing in Vancouver over the years. Another one is likely headed that way.

A new housing project has been proposed at the northwest corner of Yew Street and West 6th Avenue in Kitsilano.

(Photo & Story- The Georgia Straight)

On June 24 this year, Vancouver city council approved a motion by councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung to pursue the revival of neighbourhood stores.

In her motion, Kirby-Yung cited the importance of traditional corner stores in “creating social connection in neighbourhoods, as well as supporting daily needs”.

Moreover, with more people working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a “greater need for neighbourhood amenities and local food infrastructure of coffee shops, restaurants, services, and shopping including the need to access goods right in their own neighbourhood”.

“Local corner grocer stores once filled this role in Vancouver neighbourhoods, providing a place where locals bought fresh milk, cheese, some staples, while also serving as a social gathering place for Community,” Kirby-Yung noted in her motion.