Retail in BC’s Lower Columbia

Downtown Trail, BC

Tourism, the presence of major employers like Teck and the Interior Health Authority, draw people in from surrounding areas and make BC’s Lower Columbia a natural choice for retail.

Loyal shoppers have made it possible for independent retail stores like Star Grocery and Ferraro Foods to flourish alongside major grocery operators like Safeway and Walmart.

In October 2015, 135 businesses were visited by the LCIC, along with volunteers from the City of Rossland, City of Trail, Village of Fruitvale, Trail & District Chamber of Commerce, Basin Business Advisors, Community Futures of Greater Trail, the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, and KAST as one means to gather information from a sample of the business community and to identify opportunities to facilitate business growth. The results showed that 89% of polled businesses are steady or increasing!