Consumer confidence and cannabis Best questions for Mayor at Chamber event – Toronto Star

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Now York Region is from lockdown and back to the Red (Control) Zone of the Province’s strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19, customer confidence will be crucial to making companies thrive once again.

Bolstering this assurance was among the subjects tackled by Mayor Tom Mrakas past Wednesday following his Yearly State of the Town address to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

“Consumers have spent a great deal of time ordering online and also averting in-person shopping throughout the outbreak,” said Ms. Ferri. “What will you as Mayor, and the Town, don’t instill confidence within our local companies as the economy begins to re-open?”

Mayor Mrakas handled this question in a two-prong approach, answering that question using a single of his own:”Is it secure in the health and safety perspective?”

“There are a number of moving components in order for this to happen,” he responded. “Most importantly, the Province and the Federal Government have to find everybody vaccinated to relieve the stress of the pandemic. We will need to remind folks to follow all of the safety protocols and we must ensure our shops, restaurants, retail, manufacturing, industrial, and are following the safety protocols. This will instill confidence within our local companies.

“The Town can’t instill customer confidence and trust in our local companies; that’s the task of the retailers, of our companies, and the ones that do will benefit. We all could do as a Town will be to encourage people to store local and remind folks of the safety protocols in place. We will continue to work with our local partners…to market that customer confidence and encourage people to store local and assist re-start our local economy. I am confident from the creativity and determination of our local entrepreneurs to adapt and flourish post-pandemic.”

Entrepreneurship was that the order of the day when the Mayor fielded a question linked to the proliferation of cannabis shops in Aurora.

Aurora is just one of two York Region municipalities, Whitchurch-Stouffville being the other, to select in for retail cannabis sales, many applications have come forward to establish these shops, with some already available to customers — such as Jane’s Cannabis Shop at Wellington Street East and Industrial Parkway North, and Alpha Cannabis, just a stone’s throw west on Wellington.

“As one of only two York Region municipalities that opted in to allow bud retail shops, are you worried about what affect the growing quantity of cannabis retail shops opening up will have on our small business community and the community at large?”

There might be a”stigma” surrounding cannabis, said Mayor Mrakas, and this, in turn, gives a”false perception” about the shops themselves.

“While Aurora is an opt-in municipality, we’ve seen the shops are controlled by entrepreneurs that are following the guidelines laid out by the Province and also our inner teams are monitoring the applications as they come through. We always speak about economic stimulus and these legal shops offer a solid tax advantage and we see no actual community disruption, which is very much like the LCBO. When you look at such buys, they aren’t impulse buys. People will still buy, and they might as well buy from an Aurora-based company, right?”

However, Aurora-based companies are often locating elsewhere than that which has historically been the case.

The Yonge Street core has several empty storefronts and, since Ms. Ferri underscored, when the Yonge Street, Wellington Street and Bayview corridors are looked at as three components of a whole, there are more than 65 storefronts that are for sale or lease.

“This amount [has grown] over recent months,” said Ms. Ferri. “Only four months ago, there were 35 across Yonge Street alone. What actions will the Town be proposing to bring back a number of these services and companies and encourage the small entrepreneur to stay in Aurora?”

In reaction, the Mayor outlined a number of investments that have been created in the downtown core, along with work completed by the Chamber, the Town’s Economic Development Corporation, as well as the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA).

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“We are all working on moving forward with our aims,” he said. “Our investment from the Promenade, Library Square especially, we’re trying to make it a Regional destination. That, and in continuing to offer supports throughout the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, continuing to make sure that our local companies are aware of their Federal and Provincial funding supportssharing that information, those are the types of things we’re doing as a Town.

“When you do look at the personal pensions that are occurring in the Caribbean right now and you also see what is happening, I encourage everyone to take a drive down Yonge Street. Go from the south all the way in the north end and you’ll see why there’s so much enthusiasm, why we view the chances over the next season of what is going to transpire from economic expansion. You find the personal pensions occurring and it is all positive shift. I believe we’re all excited about it and those are the kinds of things we’re doing to work together to guarantee the Downtown Center becomes a destination for everybody.”

Now York Region is from lockdown and back to the Red (Control) Zone of the Province’s strategy to fight the spread of COVID-19, customer confidence will be crucial to making companies thrive once again.

Bolstering this assurance was among the subjects handled by Mayor Tom Mrakas past Wednesday following his Yearly State of the Town address to the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

“Consumers have spent a great deal of time ordering online and also averting in-person shopping throughout the outbreak,” said Ms. Ferri. “What will you as Mayor, and the Town, don’t instill confidence within our local companies as the economy begins to re-open?”

Mayor Mrakas handled this question in a two-prong approach, answering that question using a single of his own:”Is it secure in the health and safety perspective?”

“There are a number of moving components in order for this to happen,” he responded. “Most especially, the Province and the Federal Government have to find everybody vaccinated to relieve the stress of the pandemic. We will need to remind folks to follow all of the safety protocols and we must ensure our stores, restaurants, retail, manufacturing, industrial, and are following the safety protocols. This will instill confidence within our local companies.

“The Town can’t instill customer confidence and trust in our local companies; that’s the task of the retailers, of our companies, and the ones that do will benefit. We all could do as a Town will be to encourage people to store local and remind folks of the safety protocols in place. We will continue to work with our local partners…to market that customer confidence and encourage people to store local and assist re-start our local economy. I am confident from the creativity and determination of our local entrepreneurs to adapt and flourish post-pandemic.”

Entrepreneurship was that the order of the day when the Mayor fielded a question linked to the proliferation of cannabis shops in Aurora.

Aurora is just one of two York Region municipalities, Whitchurch-Stouffville being the other, to select in for retail cannabis sales, many applications have come forward to establish these shops, with some already available to customers — such as Jane’s Cannabis Shop at Wellington Street East and Industrial Parkway North, and Alpha Cannabis, just a stone’s throw west on Wellington.

“As one of only two York Region municipalities that opted in to allow bud retail shops, are you worried about what affect the growing quantity of cannabis retail shops opening up will have on our small business community and the community at large?”

There might be a”stigma” surrounding cannabis, said Mayor Mrakas, and this, in turn, gives a”false perception” about the shops themselves.

“While Aurora is an opt-in municipality, we’ve seen the shops are controlled by entrepreneurs that are following the guidelines laid out by the Province and also our inner teams are monitoring the applications as they come through. We always speak about economic stimulus and these legal shops offer a solid tax advantage and we see no actual neighborhood disruption, which is very much like the LCBO. When you look at such buys, they aren’t impulse buys. People will still buy, and they might as well buy from an Aurora-based company, right?”

However, Aurora-based companies are often locating elsewhere than that which has historically been the case.

The Yonge Street core has several empty storefronts and, since Ms. Ferri underscored, when the Yonge Street, Wellington Street and Bayview corridors are looked at as three components of a whole, there are more than 65 storefronts that are for sale or lease.

“This amount [has grown] over recent months,” said Ms. Ferri. “Only four months ago, there were 35 across Yonge Street alone. What actions will the Town be proposing to bring back a number of these services and companies and encourage the small entrepreneur to stay in Aurora?”

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“We are all working on moving forward with our aims,” he said. “Our investment from the Promenade, Library Square especially, we’re trying to help it become a Regional destination. That, and in continuing to offer supports throughout the York Small Business Enterprise Centre, continuing to make sure that our local companies are aware of their Federal and Provincial funding supportssharing that information, those are the types of things we’re doing as a Town.

“If you do look at the personal pensions that are occurring in the downtown right now and you also see what is happening, I encourage everyone to take a drive down Yonge Street. Go out of the south all the way in the north end and you’ll see why there’s so much enthusiasm, why we view the chances over the next season of what is going to transpire from economic expansion. You find the personal pensions occurring and it is all positive shift. I believe we’re all excited about it and those are the kinds of things we’re doing to work together to guarantee the Downtown Center becomes a destination for everybody.”

Source: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2021/02/26/consumer-confidence-and-cannabis-top-questions-for-mayor-at-chamber-event.html

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