Revitalize downtown

Resident calls for more development opportunities in the community

As a concerned person, I wonder why Vernon is not moving forward in terms of exquisite shops downtown, a chain hotel downtown and using Kal Tire Place as an event centre that would greatly improve Vernon as a destination?

To me, Vernon is behind in redeveloping the downtown area as compared to Penticton, Kelowna and Kamloops.

Some suggested shops would be a rock shop for jewelry and souvenirs, a women’s speciality shop and a men’s speciality shop, as well as cafes, coffee houses with patios, various ethnic shops and restaurants.

Most businesses are in north Vernon, leaving downtown out as a destination place.

Move forward to develop a regional airport attracting visitors to Vernon’s mini tours, Davison Orchards, Predator Ridge, Silver Star and more.

As Greater Vernon has close to 60,000-plus people in the trading area, it is high time we have a Sears department store at the vacant Target location.

And why isn’t the former Woolworth’s store not leased?

We must develop it for a variety store and best of all, a chain hotel with speciality shops, and even a First Nations arts and crafts store.

Let’s move forward Vernon.

David Gregoire

Vernon