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We don’t want Costco because they don’t support your kids local hockey, ball or soccer team or any local charities.
Let me fix that for you “I don’t want a Cosco because…..” Edited by Summertime, 2023-09-12 17:11:48
Pulling people into Brandon to shop doesn’t do much for the stores in smaller communities does it. You know the generous small local businesses that people approach first when organizing a fundraiser or community event expecting support. Edited by Farmergeorge, 2023-09-12 22:48:11
Def not as simple as apples to apples but the approx populations within radius aren’t that far off. Fun tool at this link lets you draw on a map and it gives you a population estimate within that area: https://www.freemaptools.com/find-population.htm Within around an hour of Medicine Hat I’m getting around 105,000 people. That Comox number is for the valley that has 72,000 so it’s sort of a trading area. You can add Campbell River which is a good size. I drew a similar radius and ended up with a little over 106,000 around a Comox store. One thing I wonder if comes into play with Comox (store is technically in Courtenay) is how product is distributed to get it to the island. Maybe having the third island store is part of it. Also as far as shoppers, driving a bit of a distance to get to a store in the island climate (winter) might open the door to a few more year-round regular shoppers too.
Another interesting one is Grande Prairie which looks to be around 110,000 within radius. Prince George the box I drew was just over 109,000. Different in their cases with how isolated they are from a major centre. Tried my best to stick to a similarish radius for Brandon and I’m getting just under 97,000… the smallest of all of the examples but to me not jump off the page far away. I didn’t go as far as casting the net to Dauphin or into Eastern Sask, I’m not really in tune with just how far someone would drive regularly enough to justify a membership or what Costco would use along with other variables like competition in any given market, how fast a city’s growing, incomes, etc etc. Core point I wanted to make though. If population is one factor, I dont think its a complete Lol to dream (or resurrect an old friend of a thread :)). I actually wonder how many examples there are of population centres this big in Western Canada that have a 2 hour drive to get to one?
Typical generic answer... works for every single other province in Canada and state in America. Small stores will always be approached first becuase there is a local franchisee attached to it. Corporate stores have a process to go head office before giving fundraising. In the end, brandon is a city hub and in western manitoba needs it to be, it is up to people to shop wherever they want. There are tons of people that shop at walmart/superstore vs they're own community locally owned store. I am sorry some products are 2 to 3 times the price of walmart/superstore at locally owned stores.
Brandon is no more than a large town with more than enough retail presently to serve its area and little else. It makes me sad, the first people to demand support from their local stores are the ones that never shop there. But those local businesses always support their community generously . If people honestly sat down and figured out the cost of their gas and time to run around they’d find that they don’t save much if anything shopping elsewhere. So no , it’s not a generic answer. It’s common sense.
It’s easy to confidently make that kind of absolute statement and it sure gets conversation stirred up, but in reality it just isn’t that simple. Different variables in play like how far you’re traveling (coming from Minnedosa is different than coming from Melita), what the gas price of the day is, what and how much you’re buying, what you’re driving (anywhere from an electric or efficient hybrid all the way to a gas guzzling three row SUV) and how much of that running around is done within town. If the topic is Costco, looking at it through a Brandon-Winnipeg lens I know there are some folks that go in and do large enough shops and quantity buys that do make it worth it for them but imagine that the greater the distance the less it’s worth it. You’ve implied you’ve sat down and done the math. Care to share?
It’s actually very simple. My time valued at $215 hr based on an average 10 hr work day , 7 days a week 365 days yr. A trip into Brandon is minimum $60 gas plus vehicle running costs, insurance , depreciation etc which would total minimum $120 Therefore an hour and a half each way plus two hours spent in Brandon =: 5 hours at $215 =: $1075 lost income plus $120 travelling costs=: $1195 for a trip into Brandon, I’d have to do a heck of a shop to save that much. To sum that up it’s far cheaper for me to shop locally when possible even if individual items cost a little more and that locally spent money stays local and comes back around helping the community. Like I said people have to sit down and be honest with themselves about their expenses. Note these numbers are based off Gross business income before costs, expenses And taxes. Edited by Farmergeorge, 2023-09-13 10:43:18
Congrats on a significant outlier income. Safe to say Costco doesnt bank on many $215/hour folks when doing its broader brushstrokes assessment of a market.
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