By Steve Guntli
After a lengthy remodeling, the upgraded 24/7 Parcel store held its grand opening on November 24.
“Sales tax on purchases delivered in Blaine to Canadian purchasers provides one of the most significant sources of revenue to our city,” Greenough said. “This remodel represents both a substantial investment in downtown Blaine and a lovely enhancement to our H Street corridor.”
The project took an unusual tack to create the final product. A larger shell was constructed around the existing building, which allowed the business to remain open during the expansion.
Customers can access the shop’s hundreds of mailboxes at any time of the day or night, using a special prepaid access code that they buy online.
Package services like 24/7 Parcel have been booming in Blaine over the last several years. The city has around 15 similar businesses, operating out of storefronts or private homes. The trade provide Blaine with approximately $90,000 in annual revenue, said city finance director Jeff Lazenby.
Since many online retailers do not ship packages to Canada, or charge expensive fees to do so, many B.C. residents have packages shipped to Blaine or other border towns to save money. Online shopping has increased over the last decade, and the trend will continue this holiday season. The U.S. Postal Service estimates they will send 12 percent more packages this holiday season than last year.
As well, Blaine’s shipping and receiving businesses are expecting a significant spike in holiday traffic.
For more information, visit 247parcel.com.