Yesterday afternoon I took the Wal Mart Shuttle from the Southland across Lewvan to the Grasslands and the Wal Mart Supercentre.
When I transferred buses by the Cineplex Southland the Wal Mart shuttle was sitting waiting for its next run. The bus was one of the small ones, purchased about two years ago, that’s almost half the size of a regular bus.
Upon entering the bus, there were seven people on board and the driver chatted with a few near the front while she waited. The atmosphere was sort of energetic, similar to, as I recall, being on a school bus trip or tour bus in some ways. There was just the slightest air of excitement.
So the bus went. It was a brief, direct trip. Once the shuttle crossed Pasqua St. it became clear why a direct bus would be necessary. The sidewalks along Gordon Rd. were snow hills that only people able to scamper around could navigate. Snow had been pushed just past the curb. The north cross walk button, at the Lewvan and Gordon lights, was defended by barricades of piled snow as well.
The condition of the side-walk west of Lewvan was better until one neared the entrance to the Wal Mart parking lot. The sidewalks once again started to disappear, putting potential pedestrians in amongst traffic. The side-walks vanished entirely once in the parking lot and it’s a 100 yard walk to either front door.
The parking lot was almost full that late afternoon. Adding any more stores around the lot would likely require even more parking since Wal Mart seemed to use every bit of its allotment. Fortunately, the Grasslands looks like it has parking in mind as it expands.
The ride back was just the same as the ride there: about half-a-dozen people were on the bus, this time with parcels.
As for my impression of the Wal Mart Supercentre at Grasslands? Well, I’m not sure how to describe my experience; so I’ll let Mick and Joe give you some idea of how I felt.