We need more business here

We need more, not fewer businesses in town. Let’s move forward. More stores mean more employment and taxes, says letter writer.

To the Editor,

Re: liquor stores.

Do we have too many liquor stores for a city our size?

Do we have too many gas stations, grocery stores, restaurants or building supply centres?

I think this decision should be left up to the businesspeople, not a city council member or anybody else.

The general public will decide if they support these businesses where they are located. Customers look for convenience and price. Business looks for profit. Many businesses in Port Alberni had to close because of lack of income. Just because there are more liquor stores does not mean people have to buy or drink more.

It boils down to education.

Alcoholic beverages in Europe, most of the United States, as well as in Quebec are available in liquor stores, grocery stores, gas stations, etc. British Columbia is finally updating, which has been long overdue.

It took the longest time to extend store hours to allow Sunday shopping. The stores that don’t have the customer base are not open Sundays.

We need more, not fewer businesses in town. Let’s move forward. More stores mean more employment and taxes.

Roland Göhl,

Port Alberni

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