Growing pains on Main

Chelsea Powrie

It's been a few weeks since the 300-block of Main Street in Penticton closed to vehicle traffic for structural upgrades and improvements, and businesses are finding ways to adjust.

Downtown Penticton Association executive director Lynn Allin said some businesses have added new back entrances in the alleyway, or tidied up existing ones.

She also said they at the association are working hard at encouraging shopping.

"It will be challenging because people do tend to slow down their shopping in areas where there is construction but we're doing everything we can to keep people coming downtown," Allin said. 

Lori Robertson's business Elliott Row is one of the ones with a brand new back access. She said an added bonus of the back way is that it's often easier to find parking there.

"I'm looking forward to a beautiful 300 block, this area is such a gem and I think it will be showcased so much better," Robertson said. "It will make it much more pedestrian-friendly and I think that will bring people to the core of downtown."

Sirena Bird, owner and operator at Vitamin King, said it's been a change not without its bumps.

"There have been some people that have complained about the parking and the access, but we're lucky because we have a back door access," Bird said. "I'm excited for the street to be rejuvinated, but it seems like a long time until June."

Allin said that despite the recent snowy weather, construction is on schedule.

"We're still on schedule to have this completed on time, which is maximum June 15," Allin said. 


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