A local resident has informed the Express editorial team that there’s nowhere in New Westminster’s Uptown area to buy men’s underwear.
This may seem like a small issue to many readers of the Express, but it may be indicative of deeper issues in the local retail community.
Women’s underwear is apparently readily available in the Uptown. And dollar stores seem to abound. But “where’s the briefs?”
We’ll admit that men’s underwear and its availability is not something we’ve really thought much about before.
But you would think, in a city the size of New Westminster, that a well-functioning commercial area would be able to meet consumer demand for a basic item like men’s underwear.
So we really do need to ask: Is there is an uncracked niche market for men’s underwear just itching to wedge itself into the Uptown?
We don’t know the answer to that question. But if anyone knows if or where you can buy men’s underwear in the Uptown, please let us know.
If the absence of men’s underwear can be ascertained beyond the shadow of a doubt then it may just be a canary in a coal mine indicative of a deeper issue that needs to be addressed.