In the 1980s the Whistler Question began posing a question to three to six people and publishing their responses under “Whistler’s Answers” (not to be confused with the Whistler Answer). Each week, we’ll be sharing one question and the answers given back in 1983. Please note, all names/answers/occupations/neighbourhoods represent information given to the Question at the time of publishing and do not necessarily reflect the person today.
Some context for this week’s question: In the August 4, 1983 edition of the Question, an editorial reported that it cost 19% more to buy groceries in Whistler than in West Vancouver, a difference that was also present in other goods. The editorial also suggested that the situation would continue as long as those in Whistler did not shop at the local stores and merchants continued to reflect the high costs associated with doing business in Whistler in their prices.
Question: Do you patronize merchants in other areas rather than Whistler?
Karl Baumann – Professor of History – St. Moritz, Switzerland
I shop here. The prices are a little higher in the grocery store than in Vancouver. The meals are good in the restaurants and the atmosphere and service are excellent as well. It may be a little more expensive but I come from a resort town so I understand that.
Trudy Gruetzke – Hotel Manager – Whistler
I patronize merchants here because I find it convenient. Prices may a little higher, but it costs me money in gas to get to Squamish or Pemberton. And besides, if people don’t shop here, it’s not going to get any better.
Vera-Lee Wren – Housewife – Seattle
If I am coming to stay with my brother, I usually buy my things in Seattle than up here. Prices are higher in Canada and in Whistler, they are very high. It is typical of resorts. There’s hardly anything to choose in the stores and it probably wouldn’t hurt to have a little competition. I have been here a number of times so the high prices don’t shock me anymore.