What’s in Store: Shifts in Langley City businesses seen as good economic news

There are always changes to the business landscape of Langley. I sometimes feel I couldn’t possible do it all justice in a weekly business column. 

But I continue to try and today, I want to turn a spotlight back on the downtown core of Langley City.

Of course, I’m elated to see work underway on the Timmy’s donut and coffee shop on 203rd Street and Douglas Crescent. The irony is not wasted on me that it’s almost directly across the street from the new Timm’s Community Centre. 

I’ve also noticed a few other changes in the core, including the disappearance of what has been a landmark for me – the Main Spot News at the corner of Fraser Highway and Salt Lane is gone.

I don’t remember a time when it wasn’t there. I’m wondering aloud what will take its place.

Of course, across the street, the Langley Arts Council gallery has also pulled out of the old Coast Capital Savings – a little earlier than expected. 

That makes room for my favourite local thrift store, Penny Pinchers, to expand. And, as reported in this column, Everything But the Groom recently moved to new and larger digs on the one-way strip.

In the meantime, there’s also another change on Salt Lane. The space previously occupied by Gardenia Cottage has been converted to a produce and organic food store called Olga’s Treats, which opened in the past few weeks.

Just west, on the same side of Fraser Highway – in what I will call an interestingly designed little cubby-hole style mall next to the old CIBC building, a new restaurant is expected to open soon.

Watch for Naka Bistro to open next week and a number of other moves and business expansions in the weeks and months to come, said Teri James, executive director of the Downtown Langley Business Association.

“The moving shows signs of an economy on the upswing, with businesses securing larger spaces and making way for new business,” James added, noting she receives a few calls a week now from new businesses wanting to locate in the downtown core.

Milner market opens

By the way, Milner Village Winter Market opens for the season this Saturday, Oct. 25, with numerous vendors set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the garden centre nursery. It runs through Dec. 20.

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