It’s the end of an era and a sign of a changing city.
This weekend, after 52 years in business Lloyd Lee is retiring and closing up shop at Burnaby’s “Hilltop Grocery” for the last time.
It’s a small, green building, a ‘corner store’ of the type we so rarely see any more.
A place for kids to get five-cent candies, and serves as a community hub.
Lee says he’s watched generations grow up, and he says they always come back to visit.
“When they grow up, and they move away, and they have children – when they come back they bring the children and visit and always stop here and say “hey, this is my favourite store.”
Lee says the new owner plans to tear the shop down.
He says he’ll miss it and the customers who have been stopping by for one last visit.
Lee says he’ll be cleaning out the shop this week, leaving one last chance for anyone who wants to say goodbye.