Sunday, October 17, 2010

Driving the Piles for a New Co-Op

The Sanvik Co-Op is finally getting their new building - it the mean time they are in the noisy process of driving piles into the rock to support the building. This is when the civil engineer in me finds myself keenly curious about the strucutural design, but the photographer in me, mostly after the light on the lake in the background - just liked the dust and the silhouette of construction equipment. I do find the idea of a large, new, modern store in town kind of exciting too. The current building reminds me a bit of a barn and its a third the size of the Northern (or less). It also manages to look closed most of the the time, with wood covering windows long broken and no sign, hours or lights near the door, and I didn't even know it was open for the first 4 months I lived here. They've worked hard the last few years to re-organize it and carry more stock, but its hard to compete in a small drab building that gives off the impression of being closed when the Northern is bright and modern looking and has the post office. In the short term, it could use a sign on the side of the building with a door, but I guess you figure out these things if you live long enough in a small town with 2 stores and 3 corner stores and 3 restaurants - its not like they need the sign - but it would definitely make it look more like a store - which might have some effect of reminding people to poke their head in there once and a while when they are looking for something.

It'll be interesting to see how things go. They are hoping to open before next summer and so I'm looking forward to see what they do with it. In the mean time, I'm having a hard time finding a store in Baker Lake that has Lemon Juice or Cinamon in stock....
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