Shoppers Drug Mart moving to main street
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | May 25, 2017
In less than a month, The Bargain Shop in Haliburton will be no more.
But the building that houses the business won’t be empty for long. The Highlander has learned Shoppers Drug Mart will move from its current location off Maple Avenue to 186 Highland St.
“I don’t have timing confirmed at this point,” said Tammy Smitham, vice-president of external communication for Loblaw Companies Limited & Shoppers Drug Mart.
“We look forward to serving the community with a larger store,” she said.
Two weeks ago, the staff at the Bargain Shop found out the lease was up and the chain was unable to negotiate a renewal. The sudden news not only came as a shock to the community but also to people who work there.
“We wanted to be here but we were unable to secure the lease,” said store manager Steve Davies.
He was unable to elaborate on the circumstances but confirmed the store will not be re-opening elsewhere, or under a different banner.
“There just wasn’t a location suitable for us,” said Davies.
The store has served Haliburton for 12 years at its current location. Its tentative closing date is June 23.
The Highlander posted the news to its Facebook page on May 17. Many people expressed their sadness and others offered words of support.
“So sorry to hear about this,” said Sheila Robb. “I have always found the staff polite and helpful. Not something you find everywhere. I wish you luck in whatever you decide to do in the future.”
“Wow, really was not expecting that,” said Connor G Corscadden. “The little community is sure going to miss that place!”
Davies is grateful for the outpouring of support from customers.
“I’ve met a lot of nice people in the store, and I’ll miss saying hello and being able to talk to them,” he said.
Ten people work at the store including full and part-time employees. Some have found other jobs, said Davies.
He lives just outside of Haliburton and would like stay in the area if possible. At this point, he doesn’t have any plans in place.
The Haliburton location is one of 154 general merchandise stores owned by Red Apple Stores Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock Capital Investment Corporation. Several of these stores have been rebranded to Red Apple. This would have happened in Haliburton eventually, said Davies, but not now.
The Highlander has attempted to contact the company’s vice president of marketing for comment, but messages were not returned by deadline.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.