Border town Americans want shopping hours just for them
Among border towns dotting the 49th parallel, there is supposed to be an unwritten agreement between Canadians and Yanks.
We head south to shop, they head north to … well, what exactly are Americans visiting Canadian border towns for, anyway?
In any case, it’s par for the course to find American license plates in Canadian border towns and Canadian license plates in American border towns. That’s what they’re there for, and that’s how they thrive.
Americans in at least one cross-border hot spot, though, are fed up. Tired of the Canadian influx, they want their own shopping hours at one of the town’s largest retailers.
Bellingham sits about 30 minutes from the Canadian border in B.C., and it’s the Buffalo or Detroit of the west.
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Its allure as a shopping destination isn’t lost on Canadians, who make the short drive to enjoy the long savings.
Yet Bellingham’s Costco has allegedly been so overrun by Canadian shoppers that regular ol’ American locals want a solution.
A Facebook page called “Bellingham Costco needs a special time just for Americans” (2,269 likes by Monday) has nabbed a good bit of media attention, and calls for the big box wholesaler to make hours designated specifically for local shoppers.
“You all been there,” begins the page in a sterling grammatical display. “its hard to find a parking spot. Them Canadians can be rude. The lines are crazy. We aren’t on a vacation and have an RV to hang out in like those Canadians. We just want to go shopping, not go on an adventure.”
Perhaps it’s fair to cry foul, but certainly the founders of the page aren’t thinking big picture.
Despite a fine sense of humour – after the CBC covered the Facebook page, it linked to the story and posted: “Making Canadian news! Wow, one day we came back from Costco a little pissy and now it turns into this” – irked Costco shoppers aren’t speaking for the city of Bellingham, nor are they for the principle of cross-border shopping.
“In the last two years, our sales tax generation has doubled or tripled the pace in the rest of the state,” Ken Oplinger, the president of Bellingham’s chamber of commerce, told the CBC. “And it’s almost entirely because of Canadians coming south.”
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
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Posted by: Cereal Shopper | Aug 14, 2021 1:46:27 PM
Wow! Canadians can be so rude? I am Canadian and I have only good things about travelling Canadians....I have even heard some Americans wear our flags on their clothes when they go abroad because friendly Canadians get better treatment. I am not often vocal when I read these articles but this one gets under my skin. We are down there providing a much needed injection into the US economy by shopping in American stores and they should be so grateful. I challenge anyone of them to go to Costco on a weekend and come out in a good mood!
Posted by: Mr. Negative | Aug 14, 2021 4:11:13 PM
If the prices were even close, we wouldn't have this problem...........you would think they would be happy that people are spending money in there community.
Posted by: Barbara S | Aug 14, 2021 7:40:42 PM
How dare the Americans complain about Canadian shoppers using their services! Belllingham, Washington was a sleepy pass-thru town about 25 years ago and now it has grown (basically to cater to cross-border shoppers). Without us Canadians, Bellingham would not have many of the stores that are presently located there. I assume that the Bellingham area would have been hurt much more during the financial crisis if it were not for us Canadians cross-border shopping, eating there and staying at your hotels. Perhaps next time I will PASS THROUGH BELLINGHAM and continue to the Tulalip outlet malls and shop at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood, Washington. I encourage others to do the same.