Disappearing Vancouver corner stores: Mount Pleasant neighbourhood grocery listed for $65,000

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      The owner of a Vancouver neighbourhood grocery is looking for someone to take over the business.

      The corner store named Best Foods Grocery has been listed for sale at $65,000.

      The 2,000-square foot grocery at 1002 East 12th Avenue in Mount Pleasant has a lease until 2022, with an option to renew.

      The listing comes amid heightened interest to see the preservation and revival of community stores and businesses.

      City councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung has raised this matter before council.

      On June 24 this year, Vancouver city council approved Kirby-Yung’s motion 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”.

      Kirby-Yung also noted that with more people working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a “greater need for neighbourhood amenities and local food infrastructure”.

      These include “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.

      Best Foods Grocery is located at the southeast corner of East 12th Avenue and Windsor Street.

      Neighbourhood stores have been disappearing in years.

      In many cases, these are happening to make way for new residential development.

      A listing for Best Foods Grocery can be found at the Restaurant Business Broker site of realtor Jean Seguin.

      According to the listing, the East Vancouver store carries food items, fresh produce, and meat. It also offers lottery, money remittance, and other services.

      Rent comes to a total of $4,466 per month.