Downtown Cornwall Ontario Wilting – First Farmers Market Dies Now LCBO Moves out of Core

Downtown Cornwall Ontario Wilting – First Farmers Market Dies Now LCBO Moves out of Core

Wine GlassCFN – It’s going to be harder to get fine wines and spirits in the downtown Cornwall Ontario core as the LCBO is pulling out of its Pitt Street location and moving further East.

The downtown strip in Cornwall has been struggling with the Farmer’s Market closing and more empty stores than in recent years.

Several local merchants said to CFN that they’re not sure how much longer they themselves could hang on with higher taxes for commercial buildings and fees for a DBIA that seems to be doing nothing but putting up the occasional pot of flowers.  One downtown vendor called the Mayor “Bankrupt Bob” during our conversation; referring to mayor Bob Kilger.

Cornwall has for decades struggled what to do about the identity of Pitt Street as Brookdale avenue populated with Big Box stores.

Unlike nearby Brock “Vegas” (Brockville Ontario) Cornwall did not save many of its heritage sites nor seem to have a true downtown development plan in action.

While some are waiting and hoping to rip up the downtown green spaces and develop condos others have cited simply a lack of leadership and vision for the River city.

What do you think amazingly intelligent viewers of CFN?  You can post your comments below.

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Dave Windsor
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Cornwall has not invested in itself for many years. Sure we have great success with distribution centers locating here. Lots of unemployment has helped with a work force for these. What we need are drawing cards for clean industry and a younger clientele for our shopping venues…..all of them. As we know, the door is open for more shopping here to come. (th and McConnell development is well under way while the great hope for 7th to 9th on Cumberland seems to have died on the drawing board. Two exciting interest/investment items would certainly be a DOWNTOWN BEACH…..do you feel… Read more »
Wow!
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The ship has never had a rudder.

firefly
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Take a drive to Dorion, now that is what I call development and a shopping paradise. The Cornhole downtown is dead along with the Square and both are eyesores even Brookdale is a snore. This city has so much potential….but will never change, probably too scared to change..the young are leaving in droves or not returning after college/university and who can blame them, not everyone wants to work in a damn warehouse (the latest replacement for defunk call centres).

concerned citizen 2
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The best years of downtown Cornwall where in the 90’s when Pitt St. was closed. Anyone remember Cornfest???
Good times, good times…
Not sure who was Mayor then, I think Martelle…
There used to be LCBO in east end, certainly Cornwall could sustain 3 LCBO stores one would think….This will be a big loss for sure.
Another one bites the dust…..

cornwalllaughter
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Very simple solution to the problem, rid the city of the Mayor and his Council or should I say followers including all clicks, you know the Bob Peters and Gilles Latours of this city. All these people serve 2 things, each other and themselves and not a single one can see past that brown spot on the tip of their nose, unless of course the other wipes it off so each can dive in for more.

Grant
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“A Travel Trailer park with electricity and sewage dumpage as well as showers use to be located here years ago. Perhaps it was pre-St. Lawrence River taming in the 50′s. It would not interfere with hotels as people will be using their trailers. One potential market would be conventions such as the Jehovah Witness’s who have to take accommodations far out of town to come here. If they could come in trailers they would still use our restaurants and shopping facilities instead of driving back out od town each evening.” WINDSOR KNOW YOUR FACTS What do you mean it would… Read more »
Reg Coffey
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I think it’s always good to make it difficult for politicians to get alcohol, especially in Cornwall.

jules
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I have been saying for a very long time now that “Bankrupt Bob” Bare Ass is what I refer him to along with names that I cannot post but you all get the picture. I told all of you that Bare Ass will bankrupt Cornwall very soon if he isn’t put out as of now. You cannot wait another year and that is the truth. Bare Ass has no vision and yes businesses are struggling with mighty high taxes and so are home owners and renters and people can no longer take it anymore. The downtown core has been mighty… Read more »
todd leblanc
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you know in the last 10 years or so the city has been lacking in the creativity department for the downtown core we used to have corn fest in the summer and in the winter we had the winter fest which had ice sculptures. canada day is nothing but a joke and no matter what goes on in the park it brings no attraction to the down town core i did co-op in a downstore this spring and the amount of foot track is barely visable you have the odd older person going down the side walk with a walker… Read more »
garywsamler
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Tonight at 360 Pitt Street our dispicable band of asshats sat, smiled, cheered, patted each other on the backs and praised the glory of our new savior A strategic plan like no other that they had no part of other than cost. One that will get Cornwall through the next seven years. Ain’t life wonderful here? CRAP!!! What are these idiots smoking??? Contraband picked up during the last recent drug raid. Like we are supposed to forgive them for all the wasteful spending, corruption and misdeeds for the past seven years. Again they have proven to this writer that they… Read more »
garywsamler
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How far east will they be moving to? Crossing the border just to team up with the SAQ ???

Dave Windsor
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Grant…….you are probably right. Perhaps the USA side will take on the project instead.

nah
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Why is moving the LCBO a problem again? It’s more accessible out of the core

Dave Windsor
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Thanks admin. Perhaps I should have used more clarity in referencing ‘Grants’ comments.

Comment: ‘Perhaps the USA side will take on the project instead.’

Should have inferred ‘Perhaps the USA side will take on the project instead of the ‘temporary/transitionsal stop’ TRAILER PARK…before holidayers move further in country, theirs or ours.

Actually I participated in a 20 mile triathlon at that beach in Massena some time ago…I actually finished….enough said :-).

Thanks again ‘admin’

Dave Windsor
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Gary Samler, I certainly don’t know of new locate for LCBO but my guess of east, would be in the area of the old Zellers Mall.

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"ol wino"
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Apparantly across the street from the old Zellers location, next to Food Basics & Wing Hing !

A CONCERNED TAXPAYER
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A trailer park operation on old Domtar properties ( ex paper mill )
and or 7th & Cumberland would not enhance our City .
Perhaps the movement of the LCBO off Pitt St. will not sit well with
the immediate area locals & the Local ruling class . It has been said
by many that the LCBO store is to close to and to convenient to
City Hall and it is thought by many Cornwall residence the need for Sober first and second thought on City Council”s decision making .

Dave Windsor
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With respect to A Concerned Taxpayer….. A trailer park operation on old Domtar properties ( ex paper mill ) and or 7th & Cumberland would not enhance our City. Does that imply that the ‘smell of money’ of the Domtar plant DID enhance our city. To be quit frank, the nick name of Cornwall was less pleasant from ALL REGIONS OF NORTH AMERICA. Even I experienced it from those of less friendly persuasion within my former domain, when I transferred here years ago. Would it not be a more ‘inviting’ trend to see people finally coming into Cornwall in droves(pun)… Read more »
Newsworthy
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Good grief!! The eye sore dressed up by the colorful art work of community artists should be a location for a farmers’ market instead of an empty lot. What a waste of space and resources. The downtown core is turning into a ghetto despite the efforts of area business. We have the patio and restaraunt wars going on between Second and First street on Pitt, but other than that, our downtown core is dead after six pm. Like many others, I am leaving this City as there is no growth except for warehouses and big box stores. Brockville, Kemptville, even… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Re:Newsworthy June 27, 2013 at 8:31 am ‘Good grief!’ Your point is well stated…..and here is my answer to my agreement w/you…….. I am quite sure that all the problems that consume EVERYONE about ‘the downtown core’, the ‘le Village’ and every other ‘business decision EVER MADE IN THIS TOWN has the misfortune of having been MICRO-MANAGED by our city council and administrative recommendations and bylaw considerations, under the guise of support for those owning current stores. This protectionist attitude by owners of specific business’s involving themselves out of fear of losing their business. By rejecting all out side marketers… Read more »
jules
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Last week I was at Costco with my husband on Cyrville Road here in Ottawa and we saw a car from Cornwall. Yes people shop elsewhere than in Cornwall. I also met up with a girl that works in a mall in Cornwall some years back and she too was shopping in Ottawa and my husband and I were so very happy to see her. I remember that it was George Assaly for one who helped make Pitt Street into a type of a mall where it was closed off to traffic and having a corn fest and all. Mr.… Read more »
jules
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People in Cornwall should not be afraid of change if it is good change. The thing is that a mayor and council and the economic development has to have vision. When young Korey Kennedy was in council he had vision even though some things may not work for Cornwall he had vision. I had so many good laughs at the kid in council that it reminded me of Sheila Copps and the conservative guy from the east coast teasing her and she jumping over tables. LOL LOL. Korey can be forgiven being young. Korey was a good one to have… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Old malls are wearing down and pose a threat of ceilings falling in as well (witness Elliot Lake).

The open concept mall allows people to drive or perhaps target the individual store(s) they wish to go to saving long ‘browsing walks’
as so many of us have gotten away with ‘mall’ touring for, lets say Christmas gifting.

So much shopping is now done via the internet, our mall time has been more limited.

David Oldham
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While I definitely support local businesses where possible I also adhere to the concept that my business has to be earned. Many businesses however subscribe to the mistaken concept “if you build it they will come”. When a business fails to train staff properly to respond to customer needs/inquiries and to thank each client at the cash for their patronage expect lower sales. Quite simply if a business doesn’t seem to appreciate my dollars then I do not go back, I go elsewhere. While I have had many good experiences in Cornwall there is definitely much room for improvement. Striving… Read more »
David Oldham
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The move of the Pitt St. LCBO out of the core to the old Jumbo Video location will not be convenient for myself. I will miss the staff who where always friendly, helpful and courteous.
Unfortunately one more reason not to visit the core.

jules
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Morrisburg what a lovely little village. Every time we go there I just love it. When people do not have any foresight or vision then a place deteriorates. Back in the very early 70’s as well as the late 60’s and even well before people were leaving Cornwall in droves. What made places like Long Sault, Ingleside and Morrisburg really thrive were their beautiful camping grounds and parks. Tourists love to camp and those were nice, quiet areas to go to. Cornwall has always stunk and people did not want to go there. Businesses went down and many people who… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Now Jules, there you go again, ,Cornwall has always stunk and people did not want to go there ‘

You have such a way of accentuating the negative about Cornwall.

Well, you do have a lot of good points, but I have to tell you as a friend of Cornwall, we do not stink anymore, least wise not like it did here when we had ICI, BASF, Domtar and Courtaulds.

Hoppy
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I moved here in 2001 and this city’s growth is next to none… How about restoring some history..RE open a beach people tell me used to be here .. I agree with the camp ground(park ) idea. Shopping along the 401 to attract all!! Any other destination you drive to has shopping outlets and stores in droves. Walmart super center,Lowes,Target, best buy, texas roadhouse etc would be nice ..strip malls like on the 10-30 near Montreal. With such close proximity to the United States it could be a nicer more enticing town to visit with more big box shopping.. If… Read more »
Dave Windsor
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Hoppy July 4, 2013 at 6:46 pm Thank you Hoppy who ever you are. Seldom have I heard some acknowledgement over the many years I spout off the same tracks. The other issue I have often brought up was the REAL NEED to segregate our CITY HALL TOTALY FROM THE DOWNTOWN CORE. That situation has poisoned open minded thinking. Isn’t it any wonder we are still dark in the ageless battle for growth with respect to being visible and viable. YES TO OUR DISTRIBUTION CENTERS. More to come, hopefully. Yet, we can be considerably more diverse with a broader array… Read more »
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