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Re: “Update: Steele demolishing 17 properties around Colonial Honda

I understand, a company buying property to turn into a parking lot does seem a bit absurd when you first read it, but Steele group has not gotten to where they are by doing silly things. 17 properties are going to be razed, but the owners have all sold in good faith. So if Colonial Honda is able to have more inventory and expand its business, that leads to job creation. Sure, not talking about 100's of jobs, but could very well be 10-15 jobs in the 30K-65K range, depending on the job. Also, with that much of an acreage gain, wouldn't be surprised to see Steele add another dealership (hey, anybody heard of this upstart Tesla company??) to the property, again, more jobs, with an average dealership employing about 25-50 people.

So,with properties all bought in good faith, owners all sold in good faith, and potential for decent job creation, it doesn't always have to be doom and gloom. And I have no crystal ball, this could totally become the pit of Robie St. I should also state that I have moved out of HRM so don't really have any stakes in anything, but just want to put something out there from the usual "change ...arrgghhh...not here" mentality. I agree it sucks when neighbourhoods disappear, but they are only there because someone else took a chance and thought of a change awhile ago.

Oh, and also, as to why dealerships are being bought and consolidated by just a few companies (Steele, O'Reagans, Fox, etc..) It is all about buying power and ability to float inventory costs. If you own X number of Ford dealerships, you can buy your stock at a better price than if your competitor who owns 1 dealership, and be able to offer better pricing. And if you have 100 vehicles on your lot for an avg price of 35,000$, that is 3.5 Million in inventory costs you need to be able to carry.(plus salaries, equipment costs, parts inventory, property costs, etc..)

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Posted by BigRockBrew on 04/29/2016 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Lezlie Lowe quits Chronicle Herald over refugee school story

Leslie has always been a common interest columnist, some weeks is that her interest strays. The fact that she is taking a moral stand is great and admirable, but in the end, she will end up writing the same fill for some other publication, to which people will reply positively or negatively, but in that "this person at the grocery store is annoying me" type of way.

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Posted by BigRockBrew on 04/15/2016 at 10:35 PM

Re: “you put your blinker on and that gives you right of way?!

Lucky they gave you the brief indication they were changing lanes. Everyday on Hammonds Plains Rd I watch as people fly down the right hand lane, only to cut in ( and off) somebody at the last minute, sans blinker.

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Posted by BigRockBrew on 10/15/2013 at 9:32 PM

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