24-hour Save-On-Foods in Greater Vancouver

24-hour Save-On-Foods in Greater Vancouver

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Connor Lambert started this petition to Save-On-Foods

This is a petition to request that at least one Save-On-Foods location in the Lower Mainland be extended to 24-hour operation. Until the pandemic hit, Greater Victoria had two 24-hour Thrifty Foods locations -- one at The Shops At James Bay, and the other at the Cook/Cloverdale/Quadra intersection.

On the other hand, the only 24-hour grocery store in greater Vancouver was (and is) the SuperValu at Commercial Drive and East 1st Avenue. This is despite Vancouver being the larger and more nocturnal of the two metropolitan areas. Both are university cities, but Vancouver has much more heavy industry taking place round-the-clock.

Having extensively researched the topic, I think the Madison Centre Save-On-Foods in Burnaby is the most ideal candidate to extend to 24 hours. Here are some reasons:

1) Northwest Burnaby is already densely populated, with many residential towers including Solo District. And the area is rapidly growing; the ongoing developments (Brentwood, Akimbo, Concord-Pacific, etc.) tell the whole story.

2) Until March 2020, the Madison Centre Save-On-Foods was already open 18 hours a day (6am-midnight). This gives it the longest hours of any Save-On-Foods location in the Lower Mainland, tied with five others: Pinetree Village (Coquitlam), Highgate Centre (Burnaby), Cambie Street and West 7th (Vancouver), Pemberton Plaza (North Vancouver), and Park & Tilford (also in North Vancouver). So extending any of those six to 24 hours (after the pandemic is over) would cost less than it would for other locations.

3) Madison Centre is on Lougheed Highway, which is an important route into downtown.

4) It's also on the N9 NightBus route, meaning people without cars could reach Madison Centre from Vancouver or (at least for part of the night) Coquitlam. With the help of the N19, they can also arrive there from south Burnaby, New Westminster, or northwest Surrey.

5) The Madison Centre location has self-service checkouts, as do all other 18-hour locations except the Pinetree one. One more reason the extra staffing needs would be minimal.

6) There are two 24-hour restaurants within 300 metres of Madison Centre: a Tim Hortons and a Church's Chicken. Three more are found within a 2-kilometre radius: the Subway on Boundary and the McDonald's on Still Creek. Therefore, this neighbourhood is already a place of late-night activity.

7) There are very few convenience stores in the area. The corner of Lougheed and Willingdon has two 24-hour gas stations (Esso and Petro-Canada), but the nearest full-size convenience store is the 7-Eleven at Canada Way and Smith Avenue -- 2.5 kilometres from Madison Centre.

8) Northwest Burnaby has a relatively low crime rate.

9) While there are a few licensed restaurants in the area (Earls, Cactus Club, Joey), an intoxicated person is a rare sight in northwest Burnaby.

10) Burnaby's noise bylaws are in effect 10pm-7am. This means a business that operates outside those hours could go 24/7 without breaking the law. (West Vancouver is the Lower Mainland's only municipality with bylaws specifically restricting the opening hours of businesses. And Burnaby has, in fact, had a 24-hour grocery store in the past: the Safeway at Kingsway and Royal Oak was open 24 hours sometime in the 1980s.)

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