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Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Council urges LCBO to maintain presence in downtown

LCBO plan to close store July 15 facing opposition

Council urges LCBO to maintain presence in downtown
LCBO closing downtown Oakville store
During the Council meeting of Monday, June 26, Council voted unanimously in favour of a resolution calling on the LCBO to reconsider its decision to close its only downtown location.

The LCBO recently announced it would be moving out of its Lakeshore Road East location, which has served downtown Oakville since 1997. There has been no indication that the LCBO intends to relocate within the downtown.

Residents and local business groups have expressed concern that this closure would force business and traffic out of downtown during major renovations to the downtown streetscape. Residents living in several seniors’ facilities nearby have also shared their concerns regarding accessibility should there be no replacement.

“The downtown is currently undergoing a major transformation intended to make Oakville’s the best main street downtown in Canada,” said Ward 3 Town and Regional Councillor Dave Gittings, who forwarded the resolution. “In the meantime, it’s important we preserve flagship businesses like the LCBO for the downtown community.”

The resolution calls on Mayor Rob Burton to pen a letter to the LCBO board conveying the community’s concerns and requesting that they revisit their decision to close the only downtown location without an alternative.

It also encourages concerned residents to participate in a letter-writing and social media campaign to demonstrate the demand for a downtown location.

“Council understands that the LCBO operates as a business and will respond to market demands,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Oakville residents have clearly demonstrated to us that the demand for a downtown location exists. Now, we need to convey that to the decision-makers at the LCBO.”
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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