By Mark Squibb / September 8, 2023
For years, folks in Holyrood have clamoured for a grocery store, and for good reason.
The 2,500 or so people living in Holyrood, many of them senior citizens, have to drive upwards of 30 or 40 minutes to do their grocery shopping in neighbouring Conception Bay South.
Over the years, rumours of a coming grocery store have come and gone, but the grocery store itself has never materialized.
And while there’s still no grocery store on the horizon, council last month approved a business that may help fill the gap in the meanwhile — an online, prepacked food retail store.
“We think it’s great for residents to avail of purchasing food, given that we do not have a supermarket,” said councillor Steve Windsor.
Deputy Mayor Michele Woodford explained that residents will place their order online and then pick their order up at the store at a set time.
For that reason, council does not suspect the business, which will be located at 52 Conception Bay Highway, will generate any traffic snarls in the area.
There will be onsite parking for up to five vehicles.
Council approved the motion unanimously.