However, Dynacare became this large and city-wide through a takeover of a competitor. It is now closing their multiple locations in favour of super locations.
Is this a good thing? According to the company it means that these new locations will be new, have better staffing, services and parking. What they won't be is close. If you are in St. James, there will nothing from the St. James Bridge till you get to Unicity. That will be home to a supercenter. Consider yourself lucky. At least this location will be on a bus route although it is a very long ride to get there and back if you are getting monthly blood tests.
The new 1-515 Sterling Lyon location in the Seasons of Tuxedo parking lot will not be easy at all for those who used to go Charleswood or Tuxedo locations. River Heights and Linden Woods also face much longer commutes. In fact all Southwest Winnipeg is in for a big surprise when going for bloodwork. If you don't drive, it is extremely tough.
While buses go to Seasons of Tuxedo, they do not drop off right where the clinic is. The stop is the other side of the mall. While the 10 clinic rooms are handicapped accessible, transportation to the clinic doors is not easy. That is a long walk to the front doors from the bus stop to the curb that greets you at the clinic doors. And if you were thinking of walking, there is no sidewalk on the north side of Sterling Lyon. None. It matters not about walkways in Seasons when there is no sidewalk down Kenaston or that part of Sterling Lyon. I would not ride a bike down Kenaston where cars race up the shoulder. And there is no sidewalk either side. None.
The only way to really get to this clinic is by car. And the clinic will be sharing a parking lot with the new Frankie's restaurant. No fault of Frankie's but you have to assume that could be a lot of cars in and out of the lot. F45 gym is also in there.
So...let's break it down. A new 10 room clinic in Seasons of Tuxedo. Service area is pretty much all southwest Winnipeg. Bus stop is across the other side of the mall. No sidewalks on north side of Sterling Lyon where the clinic is. No sidewalks either side of all south Kenaston. Bikes? How could you could attempt it let alone lock up nearby? A shared parking lot with other busy tenants. A curb to greet you as hobble or wheel yourself up there.
Have I got this right? There are 25 smaller facilities being closed but like banks that shut down in neighbourhoods, it is hard to see this as forcing people to use cars to go longer distances while still throwing other obstacles in the way to the service.
I don't even want to talk about you get in and out of there during Christmas. It's a dog's breakfast even early in the morning. And it will only get worse and more is built on the site.