Retail vacancies being filled around Prince Albert

By Sarah Wallace
July 30, 2013 - 7:51am

If you travel around Prince Albert, you may notice a number of commercial vacancies in some areas of the city.

“I think in the last few months Prince Albert’s seen a lot of change. We’ve had a lot of buildings that have been vacant that are now being filled by new businesses. We’ve also had some business migration where businesses are migrating from one area to another area,” said Merle Lacert, CEO of the Prince Albert and District Chamber of Commerce.

A majority of the new growth and new businesses being opened are primarily located in and around the Cornerstone shopping district.

“We’ve also, of course, seen some new businesses come to the downtown. We’ve seen other businesses migrate from certain areas to another area, some of that might even be secondary actions to the taxation that we’ve had,” Lacert said.

He said one of the Chamber’s goals is to help support businesses in the city.

“We also try to work with various groups, including the city, to ensure that different policies, whether it be taxation, business startup, that any business it’s a smooth process to go from concept to basically implementing their business idea and then setting up shop,” Lacert explained.

“We don’t do a lot of economic development ourselves but a lot of our priorities, a lot of our objectives support economic development.”

Two new businesses to move into the city’s downtown core are Delicate Petals and Jax Antiques.

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