In response to the closure of the Cannington Foodland following a fire on Christmas Eve, Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer has organized a shuttle bus for village residents.
The fire broke out around 6 a.m. on Dec. 24 after a freezer malfunctioned. While it was quickly extinguished, none of the stock – worth an estimated $250,000 – could be salvaged due to smoke and water damage.
There’s currently no concrete timeline for the store to re-open.
“While many residents don’t require the emergency assistance of our local food pantry, they do need help getting to a grocery store to do their shopping while our local store is temporarily closed. That’s where our community spirit steps in to help,” Schummer said.
The bus will run from Cannington to Fisher’s Your Independent Grocer in Beaverton on Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 11 a.m.
“More days and times may be added as needed and volunteers available I have reached out to various community groups and companies and if additional volunteers are available we can increase this service where needed,” Coun. Schummer wrote on his website.
“This is a temporary service until the Cannington Foodland reopens for business to serve our local resident’s grocery needs.”
The temporary shuttle will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis and is only designed for those that do not have access to transportation.
Spots can be booked by sending an email to email@example.com or by calling 705-432-8464.
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