The project of redeveloping the old Extra Foods building is exciting and upon hearing the proposal thought it was a cool idea.
After a few months of thinking of the new building and remembering my initial reaction, I felt compelled to wonder why a great grocery store like the Kootenay Co-op would want to become a developer of a multi-use commercial building. The co-op is a grocery store. The old Extra Foods building would fit the co-op nicely having lots of space. The purchase of the property was a good move in my humble opinion, but why spend a whole bunch of money to tear down a still usable building? Not really low impact or organic in any way!
Renovate the building to better suit the store needs, provide good food with good service, also break up the vast parking lot and provide pedestrian areas with second-party food services, like Bite truck and the Bean Here Now coffee. Perhaps even a market-type square in the corner of Baker Street.