In Ogdensburg, Canadian Shoppers Get The Love
Don't expect the north country to follow the lead of people in Washington state, where Canadian shoppers rub some people the wrong way.
Going back about a month, a Facebook page was put up (it's now been removed) urging 'Costco,' the discount retailer, to offer special hours just for U.S. shoppers at its Bellingham, Washington store.
That's because Canadians are streaming south of the border to take advantage of much cheaper milk prices, and a Canadian dollar that is worth about the same as the American dollar.
In Bellingham and other Washington state communities, stores can be crowded with Canadian shoppers, which led to a comment on Facebook about an 'infestation' of Canadians.
Not the kind of talk that's popular with Chambers of Commerce and local governments in Washington state, which have been going to great lengths to say how valued Canadian shoppers are ever since the story broke nationally at the end of last week.
In Ogdensburg Tuesday, we could only find people with nice things to say about the business Canadian shoppers bring - and with good reason. The Chamber of Commerce in Ogdensburg estimates Canadian shoppers are about 30 percent of the retail business in the city.
"We love having them, (Canadian shoppers) and it's great for business," said Marianne Claxton, who manages the 'Peebles' store.
"If they were to leave, it would be devastating to us," said Sandra Porter, who runs the Ogdensburg Chamber.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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