A Vancouver enterprise on Broadway will likely be shutting its doorways for good on the finish of the month resulting from impacts felt by the development of the brand new subway line.
Surinder Sangha, proprietor of a Subway restaurant, says she’ll be closing down as a result of enterprise has been down by greater than 75 per cent because the mission’s development started.
She has run her enterprise for greater than 13 years.
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“Throughout the pandemic, the federal government gave me some grants however now nothing for a couple of and a half years,” she stated.
“Metropolis do nothing proper now, I talked to my accountant to ask about provincial assist however they stated no assist.”
Sangha stated she believes the lack of parking and different companies closing their doorways has severely hampered what number of prospects are available.
To make issues worse for Sangha, she stated her landlord needs to extend the hire by greater than 50 per cent in March, one thing she says will not be possible for her enterprise.
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International Information reached out to the Metropolis of Vancouver on their ideas on the closing of the Subway restaurant.
“We all know the previous couple of years have been an actual battle for native companies. COVID restrictions and altering work habits within the space undoubtedly have had an influence on the variety of folks frequenting the busy development space the place the Subway outlet is positioned,” stated Steve Brown, Metropolis of Vancouver’s supervisor of the Transit Integration and Initiatives department.
“That’s why we’re doing what we are able to to offer help, similar to our on-line Assist Broadway Companies marketing campaign, and inspiring everybody to proceed to go to the companies alongside the Broadway hall.”
He continued, “Whereas the province is taking the lead on this mission, we proceed to work arduous to mitigate development impacts to Broadway companies.”
The Metropolis of Vancouver has carried out a variety of measures to assist companies within the space:
- Working with companies to vary parking rules – offering extra short-term parking for purchasers
- Put in Room to Load zones on facet streets similar to Yukon St, Granville St, and Cypress St to facilitate fast choose up/drop offs and deliveries
- Advocating to enhance signage for companies made much less seen by development
- Connecting with technical employees at Province regularly to examine the Broadway hall and guarantee secure and accessible pedestrian entry to companies
- Co-ordinating enforcement by parking administration in loading zones to help with enterprise deliveries and short-term parking
The scheduled completion date for Vancouver’s Broadway subway has been pushed again to early 2026.
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