Businesses along the new West LRT line are hoping to cash in on an influx of new C-Train riders.
“I think our biggest increase will be in people stopping in for lunch or for a cup of coffee,” says Chris Dahl, assistant manager of Sunterra Westmarket Square. The grocery store and cafe is located across the street from Sirocco Station.
“We expect to see a big increase in foot traffic. And I think with us being on one of the far western stops on the LRT, we expect more people to come in for groceries before they head home. We’re hoping to sell more readymade meals and prepared foods.”
Mikey’s Juke Joint bartender, Nicki Dudas, says many regular patrons of the blues and roots venue at 1901 – 10 Ave. S.W. are happy the Sunalta LRT station has finally opened.
“They’re excited about it because they don’t have to worry about driving home anymore,” she says, adding that she thinks the bar will see a bump in business because it’s more accessible.
“Sometimes people get confused driving here because of the one-way streets. It’s easier to find now. We’re calling it (Sunalta Station) Mikey’s Stop.
The lengthy LRT construction period put a dent in Charles Kim’s business, but he’s trying to stay optimistic now that the new line is operating.
“It’s the first day, so I don’t know yet,” says Kim, who runs the Harmony Convenience Store next to the westbound Kerby Station at 10th Street and 7 Avenue S.W.
“But hopefully it will be better now.”