Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden said that Brock Township will support the operators of the Foodland franchise in Cannington as they work to re-open the store following a fire.
She made the comment during her update to council at last week’s meeting, referencing a pair of fires that broke out in the village around the holidays.
The first destroyed a home on Cameron Street East on Dec. 22.
“I’m very thankful that no one was injured,” Mayor Bath-Hadden said, thanking first responders for their efforts on both of the calls.
The fire at Foodland 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, which also extended to the interior of the store.
“We, as a Township, will do everything in our power to make sure Foodland re-opens as soon as possible,” Mayor Bath-Hadden said.
She also credited Ward 3 Councillor Walter Schummer for his quick response in establishing a shuttle service for residents to get their groceries, prompting applause from those in attendance.
The shuttle runs from Cannington to Fisher’s Your Independent Grocer in Beaverton on Wednesdays and Fridays starting at 11 a.m.
Coun. Schummer has said the temporary service – which is only designed for those that do not have access to transportation – will operate until Foodland re-opens.
“It could be another six to eight weeks,” he noted at Monday’s meeting.
“The people contacting me are saying that some of their shelves are getting pretty bare.”
Spots on the shuttle can be booked by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 705-432-8464.