A new initiative by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce is trying to promote local business and keep shoppers in town during the upcoming Christmas season.
‘Shop Alberni’ is happening at participating local businesses from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.
More than a dozen businesses including Naesgaard’s Farm and Market have signed on to the project so far, chamber manager Mike Carter said.
“The campaign will only be as successful as the number of businesses that support it.”
Participating merchants will hand out 10 per cent discount cards to customers who spend $50 or more.
The cards can be used at the same store or at another participating business.
A 15 per cent discount is available for those customers who spend more than $50 for a third time.
After the card is filled the customer can enter it in a draw for a grand prize at the end of the campaign.
Local residents shopping at local businesses is the name of the game.
“Every dollar that is spent over the hump is a dollar that Port Alberni loses,” Carter said.
“Our businesses support local sports and charities,” Carter said.