Tuesday, January 26, 2021

COVID makes for tough decisions for Prince Rupert's Small Businesses

Prince Rupert's Shutter
Shack has put business
 on hold owing to COVID
The recent spike in positive case reports in Prince Rupert is making for some tough business decisions for local merchants, with owners weighing the financial against the personal and in some cases, closing their doors for a short period of time to ride out the current storm.

One local business that has decided to put a pause on commerce is Shutter Shack, which has temporarily closed up its Third Avenue location, explaining their decision through their Social media feed.

In their notice which was posted yesterday, the owners make note of a current concern of many in the community of the lack of clear information from Northern Health about the state of the current outbreak of COVID in the community, which has seen positive cases reported both at Prince Rupert's public schools and at the Acropolis Manor Long Term Care Facility

Small businesses have borne the brunt of much of the COVID pandemic, responding to changing measures from the province, while having to spend additional cash on precautionary additions towards safety for their employees and customers.

The Shutter Shack notice does not indicate how long the temporary closure will be in place, though they do offer up use of their message service on Facebook for customers to inquire about any existing projects or orders at the store.

So far, the feedback from community members has been very supportive of their decision.

For more notes on the city's commercial sector see our archive page here.

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