Phase 3 of the Uptown Shopping Centre in the municipality of Saanich includes a 40,000 square foot Whole Foods grocery store as an anchor tenant. Additional parking is situated on the lower two floors.
A future residential component is planned for this phase.
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Even now they have a Cabelas and we don’t.
I loved getting a Cabelas ad recently and my first response was great they opened a Victoria location. Nope, for some brain dead reason they expect me to drive 3 hours round trip to go shop there.
^Lots of people do four hours round trip to visit IKEA. You don't think anyone's willing to visit Cabelas?
I think it depends entirely on the consumer; I wouldn't drive 5 minutes to get to an IKEA - but to peruse a decent fishing or outdoors store I very well might go 2-3 hours out of my way. Ultimately for me however it really comes down not only to item selection or price but also intangibles like customer service, occasionally warranty options, but above all staff product knowledge.
The latter is a big issue for me re: Bass Pro for example. I'd definitely check them out if they came to Victoria, and we did just that when the franchise opened in Tsawwassen - the space was amazing, the product selection was very good, prices were ok but nothing earth shattering, however the general staff knowledge....yeah.....not so much at least on the two occasions I've been there. If you don't understand the concept of rod weight (a 5 weight, 8 weight, 10 weight etc.,) or the difference between a spin cast and fly fishing reel, or dry fly vs wet fly fishing, then get away from me....
For that reason alone I will always defer to a local outfit where I know they can answer pretty much question I lob at them hence Island Outfitters is my go-to fishing retailer even if Bass Pro one day opened up across the street from me. IKEA I'm indifferent to, although I do remember once upon a time SRO bus tours were actually organized from Victoria to head to the Richmond location for day excursions. And to each their own of course.
you can’t have all of low prices great selection and knowledgeable staff in any consumer retail. you have to take your pick unfortunately.
Hence I-O for me, which has it all in the area I'm interested in. In fact despite being a local one outlet operation their prices beat out Canadian Tire in terms of fishing gear, a store with reputedly some of the best pricing options around. Outfitters beats them hands down and with outstanding product and local (fishing) conditions knowledge to boot.
Premium Label Outlet, similar in concept to Winners and Designer Shoe Warehouse stores, is opening a location in Saanich this fall.
Amazon's takeover of Austin-based Whole Foods Market will usher in lower prices at the organic food and top-end product grocery chain.
The Austin, Texas-based grocery giant will open its first Vancouver Island store at Uptown Shopping Centre in Saanich.