That doesn't surprise me much. (that Chilliwack is known for having the biggest new Super Walmart) It's sad, because of good people like you who have a brain and a conscience, but it doesn't surprise me considering how fast everyone was to stampede out of downtown. I was almost in tears when I was down there in September. Downtown is GONE. :*(
and in my response i live downtown and there are fab shops there still :) come back and visit
someone actually said this : I hope The Book Man is still there
and then another well informed insister said this
Michelle I walked all over that part of town midday on a Friday and there was hardly anything. I would love to visit and see some life returned to the old buildings. Thanks for letting me know it's still there. I just missed it. It was surreal, like after a war or something. They were demo'ing the Empress and for blocks around it seemed like there were SO many empty stores. Thankfully The Book Man was still there. I love that store!
they demo-d the empress for a reason -- to improve the downtown. i was starting to feel like one of those times when you wonder if you are in the wrong when someone so adamantly corrects your correct pronounciation with a mispronounciation. instead of adding another productive "is so" to the debate i thought i would take you on a walking tour mid-day on a Saturday (today) from my house so you could see how gone downtown is (NOT)
enjoy(and there were tons of places i didn't even have time to visit today, but who rock bigtime Lolly's Shopping Lounge, The Powder Room on Wellington (the place with the best facial in Chilliwack inside the back of the pretty Lolly's), The Grapevine Consignment, Teddy Bear Dreams, The Wellington Art Gallery, i did visit and purchase at Creekside, the Button Box & Objekts (which little c deemed like the coolest house) too but didn't photograph them -- that's how much shopping experience is available!)
the view outside my door (the Olympic torch route went by here in February)
2 blocks up the road The Town Butcher -- fab locally sourced free range meats and premade dinner party additions made on site (competitively priced with chains like M&M Meats but a way better shopping experience among crystal chandeliers and beautiful cheese plates)
this blogger introduced me to lunch here. easily under $10. amazing egg salad sandwich (among a variety of others) and bakery treats. she and her friends meet regularly as lunch ladies. when the boys and i walked by at lunchtime today, there was not a table to be had.
this beautiful bakery is just as striking inside as out. i ate their family sized $2 naniamo bar and might not have to eat for two days ;)
The Wellington Emporium has everything a man cave could want -- amazing movie set props, pinball machines, collectibles of every type. The boys didn't want to leave.
we shopped, got some fresh air, ran into quite a few people we knew, and entered shopping contests (check out the local paper for the win a window contest -- the window that is up for grabs is to be revealed this next thursday in the salish plaza. )
our experience is not unique. it is available to you too. the next time someone says something disparaging about the downtown, don't take their word for it -- prove them wrong by visiting and seeing for yourself.