Point Roberts grocery store owner ‘hopeful’ with border reopening

The owner of Point Roberts’ only grocery store says she is “guardedly hopeful” after the news that the U.S. land border will be reopening to vaccinated Canadians in November.

Border communities throughout Northern Washington like Blaine, Lynden, and Bellingham have suffered the loss of Canadian tourists during the past 19 months of the closure, but perhaps no one was hit harder than Point Roberts.

“I’m just hopeful this is the beginning of the road to recovery,” said Ali Hayton, owner of the International Marketplace grocery store.

Sitting on a spit of land accessed only by driving 25 miles through British Columbia, three-quarters of the homes in Point Roberts are

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