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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta DID "U" KNOW For only a Z country mile 30 day Irianglo trip. Viiil Van- couver, San Fftinc'isce, Los Angeles, loronlo, Winnipeg, Calgary. Slop where you wanl-at long as you For further Details contact: ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL CENTRE VILLAGE WEST END PHONE 328-3201 or 328-8184 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lclhbridge, Alberta, Thursday, August 19, 1971 PAGES 15 TO :W ERICKSEN'S PASTRY SHOP 3rd Vi.M. Drive S. Plionu 328-B16I "Tho Pioneer and Leading Relail Shop in Lc-flibridgc" FINEST QUALITY PASTRY AND BAKERY PRODUCTS To close., or to remain open- that is the question ny RICHARD BURKE Stair Writer "I spend enough money as il is." "A businessman should be able lo have his shop open when he wants and for as long as he wants." ''The hours are just fine as they 2.1-0." The opinions are varied, but most have a definite stand on the question of store closing hours in Lcthbridgc. The up-coming public hearing on amendment of the closing of shops bylaw prompled a sur- vey by the Herald to determine seine of Ins feelings of Leiii- bridge and district residents on the matter. Sixty-five persons were con- tacted. Out of that number, 41 were sattslied with the present shopping hours and U desired a change. The survey was conducted by rar.dcmJy choosing names from lite telephone directory. Of those wanting a change in Ihe hours, Wednesday afternoon closing was mentioned most of- ten. Many, particularly those in outlying area found it incon- venient not to be able to shop Wednesday afternoon. On the other hand, those op- posed to a change said they thought the employees needed the mid-week break from work and that shoppers in (he habit of planning their buying around that closing time. Some wanted to see extended hours for night shopping, but that is unlikely to happen ex- cept dining the Christmas sea- son unless the bylaw is changed. The chief proponents of a change appear to be the large department slcres in Leth- bridge. Simpsons Sears. Ealons, Woolco and tellers will make individual .submissions to the citv clerk ir.dicnlinr; Ibe change they would like to see in the bylaw. John Lowen, manager of Simpsons-Sears, said he would like lo have Ihe bylaw re- scinded but Hint ho would ac- cept six full days of shopping, including Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday nights and shopping until p.m. from Dec. 10 to Dec. 23 inclusive. Wednesday afternoon shop- ping and additional nights dur- ing the Christmas season will also be asked for by Jim Begg, store manager at Eatons. Mr. Bcgg, emphasized he did not want the bylaw thrown out. He said, however, that ex- tended hours could only be good for Lelhbridge and that increased sales would result in more retail dollars U> Leth- brklge. The extended hours would be more convenient for shoppers, he said. Zellcr's County Fair will make a similar submission, asking for all-day shopping Wednesday and extended hours at Christmas. Robert Kent, manager of Woolco, said he will make a submission but would not ela- borate on its content. The submissions will be made by Aug. 23 and presentations will follow at the public hear- ing Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. in Gym One, Civic Centre. A large number of local in- dependent merchants are com- bining to file a joint submission, but the number businessmen taking part and the changes they desire will not be made public until after the submis- sion has been filed. It is believed they ask to have Mondays closed all day and have Wednesday afternoons open. A petition has been distri- buted by downtown business- man, Camm Barnes to shop owners throughout the city in- cluding those in the North Lelh- bridge Businessman's Associa- tion, the Downtown Business- man's Association, College Mall. Centre Village and Holi- day Village. All local sen-Ice station owii- crs have been asked to sign a petition to have their busi- nesses deleted from the bylaw entirely. Kass Whitmore, manager of El Rancho Texaco, represent- ing the service stations in the city, ssid Ihey want lo be able to regulate their own hours. Five of six barber shops' own- ers contacted said they were satisfied with the hours as they were and would make no sub- mission. The sixth is also sa- tisfied with the present hours and said he would make a sub- mission lo that effect. The three local Safeway stores will be making a joint submission to have the stores open Wednesday afternoon, with the hours on olher days remaining as they are. ny JIM MAYBIE Staff Writer Lclhbridge is not alone with ils closing bylaw problems. A survey of 14 tavns and ci- ties in Alberta generally shows that Ihose with bylaws are hav- ing problems those mill- out bylaws are having fewer or no problems. The situation and the prob- lemr encountered in Red Deer most closely parallel Ihose of Lethbridge. Red Deer solved ils problem in November, however by putting the matler to Ibe voters who threw out Ihe clos- ing bylaw. The mailer was put to the vole there several years ago but a slight majority voted against repealing the bylaw Woolco got the ball rolling sgain last year and requested the city to hold another pleb- iscite. The city now has no bylaw. Most of the major Red Deer stores close at 0 p.m. Monday to Wednesday and are open lo 9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Woolco stays open until 10 p.m. Ihe three lale nights. While the bylaw was in ef- fect, stores closed Wednesday after noons. They now slay open. The major stores seem satis- fied with the present arrange- ment and are mcking money. Some smaller independents arc dissatisfied. The shopping pub- lic is satisfied. The all week opening and three late nights of shopping is having a slight detrimental ef- fect on business in the sur- rounding [owns because former customers are doing their buy- ing in Red Deer now because of the extended hours of open- ing and generally lower prices. Calgary also had lots of prob- lems with its closing bylaw un- til it was repealed 15 years ago. There are some restrictions on Calgary barber shops and service stations but the retail stores "are on their own." Gen- erally, stores are open six days a week with Thursday and Fri- day night shopping until 9 p.m. Some stores, such as Woolco, Zellers and K-Mart are open until 10 p.m. six days a week. Other stores, such as (he Super S Drugs, which carries every- thing from sporting goods, hardware, housewares and clothing to drug items, is open seven days a week until mid- night. It does a roaring busi- ness. Simpsons Sears is o p e u Wednesday to Friday nights. The big push in Calgary for late night shopping was Woolco. The only closing bylaw which Calgary city' council is consid- ering is one regulating the clos- ing of stores on holidays. In southern Alberta, Coaldale and Taber each have one night of laic shopping Saturday. Coaldale has no closing bylaw. The stores are open and closed by the businessmen themselves with no problems. They have agreed to close Wednesday afternoons and to the late night shopping Satur- day. Certain stores used to stay open until 10 p.m. Satur- day but by mutual agreement, merchants have cut (he time back to 9 p.m. Taber has a bylaw which is being amended frequently. Hours I here now are 6 p.m. closing weekdays, with 1 p.m. closing Wednesdays and 9 p m. closing Saturday. Following are how some of. the other lowns in Ihe south operate BARON'S No bylaw. Stores open all week, closing about 0 p.m. Saturday closing at 7 p.m. or later, depending on business. BLAIItMOUE No bylaw. Majority of store.' close Mon- day although some open. Week- day closing generally p.m. with Saturday closing at 6 p.m. Thursday night shopping until 9 p.m. N'o problems encounter- ed "because council w-as smart in slaying out of it and leaving it up to the merchants." CARDSTON Has a clos- ing bylaw "and we're walc-hing Lethbridge like a hawk lo see what happens Ihere." Business hours are lo G p.m. Monday lo Saturday with the exception of 1 p.m. Wednesday From May 1 lo Kept. 1 closing is an hour earlier. A survey of town and rural residents now is being tabulated to determine what the citizens want. It is expect- ed I" be presented to council soon so a decision can be made on (.hat town's closing bylaw. There is no late night shopping. C.LAH.ESHOLM No bylaw. It was rescinded six weeks ago. "It was fell the merchants should establish Iheir own rules through their chamber of com- merce and other ways." Stores now close Mondays wilh some merchants being open until 9 p.m. Friday. Closing lime gen- erally is 6 p.m. COLEMAN Has a closing bylaw. Stores are closed Mon- day, open unlil p.m. week- days and 6 p m. Saturday with only two stores open until 9 p.m. Thursday although all slores can remain open Thurs- day night. FOPT MACLEOD No by- law. No lale night shopping. Normal closing to 6 p.m. Some slores close Monday, oth- ers Wednesday. No problems. MAGRATir No bylaw. Stores open until 6 p.m., Satur- day until 7 p.m., closed Wed- Inesday afternoons, no night shopping. MILK RIVER No bylaw. Repealed about five years ago. No night shopping. Closed Wed- nesday afternoons wilh the ex- ception of a few who are open- ing Wednesday afternoons. Nor- mal closing G p.m. PICTURE BUTTE No by- law. No problems. No late night shopping. Hours generally un- til 6 p m. six days a week. PINCHER CREEK No by- law. Repealed. General closing at 6 p.m. with Friday closing at 9 p.m. Majority closed Wed- nesday afternoons. No prob- lems. RAYMOND No. b y 1 a w. Thrown out about th'fee years ago. Open until 6 p.m. Monday lo Saturday with noon closing Wednesday. No night shopping. SlCMHC loan approved 1 Central Mori gage and Hous- ing Corporation announced to- day il has approved loans o[ I S29S.-1SS lo FrnnrJwn Develop- i mcnts Ltd. for constrlldLon of 2-1 rcm-ho-Lisinp units in Souih- i-. east Lake-view. m The units, for and S13.3GO. are designed for SB i families with incomes of ?-1.000 i to SC.OOO. All Merchandise from the Fiery Goat has been Moved lo Herb's Weslern Wear JEANS-JACKETS-SHIRTS CLEARING AT SAVE NOW FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOl I Five hospital districts discuss merger tonight 1000 PAIR OF JEANS TO CLEAR BELL BOTTOM DENIMS By Mole made in Los Angcfc Fancy slripcs and plains. Regularly 13.00. CLEARING AT GASLIGHT FLARES MADE. IN. NEW. YORK Regularly 16.00. CLEARING AT............ LOVE 'N STUFF CORDUROY FLARES Regularly 13.00. CLEARING AT Five municipal groups arc expected to altcnd a meeting tonight lo discuss the possible merger of the hoards of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital and Ihe Lelhbridgc Auxiliary Hospital and Njrsing Home District. Principal financial contribu- tors to the IAVO boards who arc invited lo the meeting include the City of Lethbridge, County of Letbbridge, County of Warn- er. Municipal District of Taber and Town of Taber. The two boards have already We stock between 8000 9000 pairs of jeans by Lee, Lovis, Wranglers (U.S.A. made) and Canadian made G.W.G.V COWBOY BOOTS CIVIL WAR BOOTS by Tony Ionia, Juilin Texas, Cowlown, OIK H H. PRICED FROM 21.95 lo 79.95 WESTERN SUITS by PRINCE CLOTHING WESTERN SHIRTS A favorite with Ihe voun9 men. 000 pnir to choose from by H H and Texas D r o n d all sizes and sherlcv WESTERN HATS by BAILEY and RESISTOL by KARMAN, MILLER, PRIOR and H-DAR C OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY UNTIL 9 P.M. 'WESTERN WEAR 308 5th Street S. Phone 328-4726 instituted a shared senior man- agement system and it is fell that merger of Ihe boards would not, only effect a cost- saving to taxpayers but would assist in evolving a better man- agement system and sharing of existing services. A merger would elJmJnaie .101110 of the duplicaLicn now on Die two boards. Tiie city, for example, has four representa- tives on the LMH board and iwo on the Auxiliary. The Coun- ty of Warner has one delegate on each. COMPLETE AIR CONDITIONING FEDOR'S REFRIGERATION Ph. 327-5816 C A Sheet Metal Ph. 328-5973 DICK GRUENWALD Iniertnd by I ho Lclhbridae West Social Crorlit Conslilucncy Association Dick Grueiiwnld your Social Credit Candidate West Letbridge Headquarters 323 7th Street S. Phone 328-8954 COFFEE ALWAYS ON! Vote: BOGLE PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE TABER WARNER BOGLE, R. J. BOB Inserted by: Taber-Warner Progressive Conservative Association CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LAE Lower Level MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. PHONE 327-2822 There's still lo attend tha 49th Annual lethbridge and District Horticultural Society Flower and Garden Produce Show Under Exhibition Grandstand Open Tonight 'til 10 p.m. FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street S. Phone 327-2666 McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. ALWAYS LOOKING TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH FOR PROMPT PRESCRIPTION SERVICE JUST CALL 327-3555 Don't forget lo stock up on FILM FLASHBULBS BATTERIES, etc. for the holiday weekend! McCREADY-BAINES PHARMACY LTD. SHAKGUX 614 3rd Ave. S. Phono 327-3555 Abo oporaling WA7ERTON PHARMACY LTD. in Watcrlon National Park INIRQVAL Long Weekend Ahead Stop Worrying Inslqll KIRK'S OWN TIGER TREAD RETREADS Enjoy peace of mind because T gpr Treads give you ihe ulli- male in performance end safety n a low price lire. Size 6.50x13, xchnnge, 1 0 ONLY............ lA. SERVICE DEPT. SPECIAL! COMPLETE WHEEL ALIGNMENT Your UNIROYAL Dealer LETHBRIDGE-1621 3rd Avc. Phono 327-5985 or 327-4705 TABER, Alia.-6201 50lh Avc. 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