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SENATOR, MPP RAISE CONCERNS OVER BEER STORE CLOSURE

SENATOR, MPP RAISE CONCERNS OVER BEER STORE CLOSURE

BROCKVILLE, Dec. 22, 2016 – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes Senator Bob Runciman and Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark marked the impending closure of the city’s Water St. Beer Store with a critique of city council’s decision to shut the busy retail outlet.

The Beer Store location is to close Dec. 24, with the city of Brockville planning to turn it into a parking lot for the Aquatarium. Runciman and Clark held a media conference Thursday morning at the store.

Runciman said the city’s decision to close down a thriving downtown business, which due to its location near the harbor helps boost the local tourism industry, is “baffling”, especially given the lack of evidence that additional parking is required.

The senator estimated that parking spaces created on the Beer Store site will cost taxpayers roughly $50,000 per space.

“This is not a wise investment, given the lack of clear need,” he said.

MPP Clark indicated that he has carried on extensive discussions with Beer Store officials and they remain willing to continue the Water Street operation if the city will extend the lease.

Runciman and Clark both called on the city to consider leasing vacant space for parking until real needs can be determined, and in the interim continue to extend the Beer Store lease.

For more information, please contact:

Barry Raison

Director of Parliamentary Affairs, Senator Robert Runciman’s Office

(613) 943-4020 or barry.raison@sen.parl.gc.ca

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