Alex Browne photo Buy Low has been more than just a business to the community staff have been serving for three decades, writes Joyce Key.

LETTERS: Community spirit exemplified

Editor: Buy Low Foods will close Sept. 30 “due to the redevelopment of the White Rock Town Centre.”

Editor:

As stated in their announcement, Buy Low Foods in White Rock will be closing Sept. 30 “due to the redevelopment of the White Rock Town Centre.”

I am writing this letter to thank Mike Brown, manager, and his staff for their 33 years of service and to recognize publicly some of the many ways they went beyond being just an economically successful business in White Rock.

I first started dropping in to Buy Low on my way home from work to pick up just a couple of items but soon became aware of the community spirit that was Buy Low and from that a regular customer.

I saw cashiers who, with a smile and a couple of friendly comments, left their registers to help pack groceries into walkers and scooters of those who needed assistance. Many Mothers’ Days while stopping by Buy Low, I received, as did many other mothers and grandmothers, a bouquet from Mike with a warm “Happy Mother’s Day.”

A young woman who worked with youth through Peace Arch Community Services – now Sources – often did extra hours with street youth and told me she had asked Mike if Buy Low would contribute a few things for a barbecue for the youth in a local park. Mike told her to put what she needed into a grocery cart and he would meet her at the cash register. She and the kids had a wonderful couple of hours together with the food that Buy Low donated.

When society was made aware of the danger of plastic, Buy Low didn’t start charging for bags; they passed out free, sturdy, washable, reusable bags to their customers.

When White Rock was faced with a boil-water advisory a couple of years ago following the Five Corners’ fire, Buy Low supplied White Rock citizens with free packs of bottled water.

When the Kent Street Choristers held their BC Chorfest event this past spring, Buy Low supplied flowers to decorate the many tables used to feed the hundreds of visiting singers.

Buy Low has exemplified great community spirit.

I don’t know what gains will be made in our community by the current trend of development, but I do know some of what will be lost.

Thank you to Buy Low, to Mike and to his staff for helping to make White Rock a happy, caring and welcoming place to live over the years.

Joyce Key, White Rock

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Shots fired in Cloverdale Thursday night

Police say nobody was hurt after shooting at 19000-block of 64 Avenue

Wind warning for White Rock, South Surrey

Gusts up to 90 km/h expected from Richmond to Langley Friday (Sept. 25) morning

Two dead in COVID-19 outbreak at Delta Hospital

Total of 10 patients and four staff in one unit have tested positive for COVID-19: Fraser Health

Panorama Ridge Secondary reports third COVID-19 exposure

Fraser Health has created a new webpage listing COVID-19 cases in schools

PHOTOS: Another Fleetwood BIA grant cleanup ‘great for business and security’

Cleanup creates makes area at 152nd Street and Fraser Highway “neater and more inviting”

B.C.’s top doctor thanks supporters after revealing threats over COVID-19 measures

Dr. Bonnie Henry says COVID-19 has caused some people to lash out in anger and frustration out of fear

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

B.C. VOTES 2020: Speculation tax misses speculators, B.C. Liberals say

Andrew Wilkinson, John Horgan clash over housing costs, solutions

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

NDP, Greens divided on pace of child care improvements in B.C. election campaign

NDP Leader John Horgan recommitted to $10-a-day child care and blamed the Greens for not supporting his efforts

BC Liberal Leader talks drug addiction in the Lower Mainland

Drug addiction and public safety a top priority says Andrew Wilkinson

Pandemic derails CP Holiday Train

Canadian Pacific will work to get donations to food banks while also producing an online music concert

Most Read