More shop­ping op­tions needed, says stu­dent writer

The Compass - - OPINION - — Bran­don West writes from Bay Roberts

Edi­tor’s note: the author of this let­ter is a stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts, and penned th­ese words as part of a writ­ing course.

I live in the Town of Bay Robert’s and ac­cord­ing to a 2011 study 5,818 peo­ple live here. We have an over­whelm­ing amount of fast food places and restau­rants and with the open­ing of an­other new restau­rant, it’s come to my at­ten­tion that be­sides all the food ser­vices there is al­most nowhere to go for en­ter­tain­ment or shop­ping.

One of the most pop­u­lar stores in Bay Roberts is a dol­lar store and that is a pretty sad fact. Ac­cord­ing to a study in 2009, some dol­lar stores make $1.420 bil­lion rev­enue; while a store like “Amer­i­can Ea­gle Out­fit­ters” makes $3.160 bil­lion (ac­cord­ing to a 2011 study). This shows that a store like Amer­i­can Ea­gle be­longs in Bay Roberts. I think that the town should in­vest in a mall. I mean a mall with mul­ti­ple cloth­ing stores and en­ter­tain­ment.

Most peo­ple have to go all the way to St.John’s to buy some new cloth­ing or even a video game. A mall could save gas by sav­ing peo­ple a trip to St. John’s. Any­one from Bay Roberts who would usu­ally go to the Avalon Mall or any other shop­ping cen­tre would go to this one in­stead. It would cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties, es­pe­cially for young peo­ple and bring in a lot of money for the town.

Also, I think we should even add a movie theatre. Back a long time ago there was a cin­ema in Bay Roberts and I think it’s a good idea to bring one back. Ever since the cin­ema in Car­bon­ear closed down, it is im­pos­si­ble to watch a movie in theatres un­less you go to St. John’s.

Many peo­ple travel to town ev­ery day to shop or to do some­thing en­ter­tain­ing. If we could cre­ate an op­por­tu­nity like that in Bay Roberts I think it would suc­ceed. Cit­i­zens’ money would be spent on qual­ity prod­ucts in a place where you could just re­lax and hang out for a while, and maybe catch a movie, too!

Busi­ness peo­ple need to stop spend­ing so much money on fast food and more money on build­ing places peo­ple will go to and en­joy.

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