Brock Township Mayor Debbie Bath-Hadden said she’s confident that a business will step up to fill the void left by the closure of the Beaverton Foodland.
She made those comments during Monday (April 1) night’s meeting, noting that she knows that the store’s closure last week has left many residents anxious.
“I firmly do not believe that it will be vacant for very long,” she said.
Mayor Bath-Hadden noted that transit service out to Fisher’s Your Independent Grocer on Highway 12 will get underway next Monday (April 8), with two trips daily during weekdays (Monday to Friday) and additional on-demand service on Thursdays.
Until that happens, Coun. Jubb and Coun. Doble will be co-ordinating volunteer efforts to help residents without transportation fulfill their grocery needs.
“With the Foodland closure, we have been working aggressively to have an on-demand shuttle service available for those that need it. Many volunteers are in place from all areas of Beaverton, Gamebridge and surrounding areas,” Jubb said.
The store’s closure was confirmed in late January.
“The owner wants to sell the property, so we have to vacate – there’s nothing we could change,” said store manager Robert Longhurst in an interview at the time.
“We’ve done our best to provide for the community and look after our customers. We’ll definitely miss them.”
Those sentiments were echoed in a statement from Sobey’s (parent company of Foodland).
“Beaverton Foodland is proud to have served the residents of Beaverton and the surrounding community for many years. We greatly appreciate the loyalty and support that our customers have shown for the store and our team and we remain committed to continue serving the community through our Brechin and Cannington Foodland locations,” it reads.
“The landlord for the building has advised us that Beaverton Foodland can no longer lease the property as they have decided to sell the property vacant…Until then, we will continue to provide our customers with the same great service they are used to. We are committed to working closely with the 21 employees as they transition to new career opportunities.”
Members of township council broke news of the store’s closure after receiving a letter from company officials.