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Old 12-31-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Here's an interesting article about Canadian shoppers in the area: Canadian shoppers, drawn by the variety and prices of products, flock to Syracuse to shop, dine, stay -- and fly | syracuse.com
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:27 AM
 
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Seems like a good thing. If only we could go there for free healthcare

If I ever make it to Syracuse, I would definitely miss Costco. Sam's Club doesn't cut it. Even now, I drive 40 miles each way to stock up since there are none here either. But at least there's one in Kingston, Ontario!
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Old 12-31-2011, 09:57 AM
 
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Seems like a good thing. If only we could go there for free healthcare

If I ever make it to Syracuse, I would definitely miss Costco. Sam's Club doesn't cut it. Even now, I drive 40 miles each way to stock up since there are none here either. But at least there's one in Kingston, Ontario!
Just get an enhanced driver's license. It serves as an alternative for getting a passport to enter into Canada. Kingston is a nice city and it's only about a couple of hours away.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Great article, the potential for tourism is huge and should get bigger. I would suggest that (if it already has been) the convention bureau and tourism officials tap into this opportunity by marketing Armory Square, Hanover Square, etc. Hopefully, the proposed Marriot will get underway in 2012. Also, as the Connective Corridor, the Creekwalk and other attractions come on line, Canadians may be enticed to make additional trips throughout the year. Hopefully, a developer for the inner harbor will be selected and a Bass Pro or a Cabelas will locate there. As for Bob Congel, he needs to do two things 1) get the "Destiny" hotel underway and, 2) get an IKEA, Nordstroms, and/or a Neiman Marcus to the area!

My favorite quote is by chef Justin Wright of Justin’s restaurant at Yorktown Circle regarding the Canadians: “It’s had a positive impact on my business and a big-time impact on the hotels,” said Wright. “Hurray for Uncle Bob Congel. Somebody has to support his mall.”
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: 213, 310, 562, 909, 951, 952, 315, ???
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While you see this as a positive thing for Syracuse, I see it as a sign of bigger problems concerning the U.S. dollar. We used to be the ones who crossed the border to take advantage of the exchange rates, but we haven't had that advantage for a while and may not see it any time soon.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:33 AM
 
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While you see this as a positive thing for Syracuse, I see it as a sign of bigger problems concerning the U.S. dollar. We used to be the ones who crossed the border to take advantage of the exchange rates, but we haven't had that advantage for a while and may not see it any time soon.
Good point about the American dollar. While that may be the case, our location helps in that regard, as Canadians are going to be more apt to shop in the Syracuse area or other Upstate NY locations versus going further South. So, the area benefits from the higher Canadian dollar in ways most other parts of the country can't or are less likely to do so.
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Pompey, NY
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While you see this as a positive thing for Syracuse, I see it as a sign of bigger problems concerning the U.S. dollar. We used to be the ones who crossed the border to take advantage of the exchange rates, but we haven't had that advantage for a while and may not see it any time soon.
I believe the article stated that the dollar exchange rate is about the same, which it is @ .98. The reason our northern neighbors are shopping here has more to do with value, lower tax rates and greater selection.
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