A proposed 3,200 smq Countdown store in Richmond is in the midst of a heated debate, with a few local residents fearing it will bring traffic to the neighbourhood and put the safety of pedestrians and cyclists at risk.
According to a transportation assessment by TDG for Progressive Enterprises, who owns Countdown, over 140 vehicles per hour will drive across a shared pedestrian and cycleway during peak hours. On the other end, the store is set to generate up to 120 new jobs as well as additional employment opportunities and economic benefits during the construction phase. Progressive representatives have stressed that the new supermarket would create ‘an attractive gateway’ to Richmond.