Business

Flori Chaykowski of the Chamber of Commerce. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Shopping local more important than ever: Chamber

Pandemic putting small businesses in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows at risk

 

News’ publisher Lisa Craik, who headed up the “Hope For…” movement locally this spring, is one of several people in the running for business leader of the year for 2020 through the chamber of commerce. (The News files)

Chamber releases best of best nominee list

The shortlist of businesses, individuals, and organizations in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows shared

 

Swimco announced recently it is shutting all of its stores in Canada, including in Langley. (Swimco website)

Canadian-owned swimsuit chain bankrupt

Swimco had been in creditor protection for several months

 

The coronavirus has closed a Pitt Meadows pub. (Black Press files)

Pitt Meadows pub closed due to COVID-19

Staff member at Jolly Coachman tested positive for virus

The coronavirus has closed a Pitt Meadows pub. (Black Press files)
A Mountain Equipment Coop, MEC, sign is seen on a store front in Montreal on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Struggling outdoor equipment retailer MEC opposes efforts to pause sale to Kingswood

MEC said it’s urgent for the sale to close before the retailer sees ‘significant weekly cash flow losses’

A Mountain Equipment Coop, MEC, sign is seen on a store front in Montreal on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The Rialto theatre in South Surrey – which opened in 1994 – has closed its doors after the building’s landlords increased rent by 200 per cent. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Surrey’s Rialto Theatre shutters after 200% rent increase imposed

Owner says he’s devastated by the closure of the 26-year-old business

The Rialto theatre in South Surrey – which opened in 1994 – has closed its doors after the building’s landlords increased rent by 200 per cent. (Aaron Hinks photo)
Nordstrom Rack in Langley will open its doors to the public Sept. 17, 2020. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Sneak peek inside Nordstrom Rack Langley

The luxury discount store is the first in British Columbia, opens Thursday

Nordstrom Rack in Langley will open its doors to the public Sept. 17, 2020. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association’s executive director Ineke Boekhorst.

Extra education and grant money aims to make Maple Ridge businesses safer

The city and business association partner on program designed to reduce crime

Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association’s executive director Ineke Boekhorst.
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever that consumers support local business whenever possible. (Special to The News)

Shopping local key to recovery – chamber

COVID reminder: Small business owners are your friends and neighbours who need support

  • Aug 30, 2020
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever that consumers support local business whenever possible. (Special to The News)
Local nurseries and garden centres, like Triple Tree, have been busy almost since the onslaught of COVID-19. (Rylan van der Pauw/Special to The News)

Some Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows businesses busier due to COVID

A run on vegetable plants, freezers, trampolines, and liquor still keep some local shops hopping

  • Aug 29, 2020
Local nurseries and garden centres, like Triple Tree, have been busy almost since the onslaught of COVID-19. (Rylan van der Pauw/Special to The News)
Big Feast is just one of hundreds of local businesses that relies on customers to shop and eat local. (Colleen Flanagan/ The News)

10 reasons why Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows should shop local

Chamber touts benefits of spending with local stores, shops, and eateries

  • Aug 28, 2020
Big Feast is just one of hundreds of local businesses that relies on customers to shop and eat local. (Colleen Flanagan/ The News)
Nature, in all its glory, is literally on Maple Ridge’s doorstep – including the Alouette Trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park. (Special to The News)

Maple Ridge is all about quality of life

This community boasts so many desirable attributes, least of which is hosting nature at its doorstep

  • Aug 28, 2020
Nature, in all its glory, is literally on Maple Ridge’s doorstep – including the Alouette Trail in Golden Ears Provincial Park. (Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows Regional Airport is just one of the locations many new entrepreneurs are considering when setting up a new business in this community. (Special to The News)

Attracted to all Pitt Meadows has to offer

This is a community that proves inviting to both families and businesses alike

  • Aug 27, 2020
Pitt Meadows Regional Airport is just one of the locations many new entrepreneurs are considering when setting up a new business in this community. (Special to The News)
Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village offers a number of quaint, locally owned shops that would all greatly benefit from local support during COVID. (The News files)

OUR VIEW: Putting your money where your heart is

No better way to keep a community strong, than shopping local

Pitt Meadows’ Osprey Village offers a number of quaint, locally owned shops that would all greatly benefit from local support during COVID. (The News files)
A moose in an RCMP uniform wearing a mask and a cartoon cardboard cutout of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greet customers at a store selling souvenirs in the Byward Market in Ottawa, on Sunday, July 12, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business suggests that businesses in Canada’s city centres are struggling more than their rural counterparts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

City-centre businesses mount slower recovery than rural areas, CFIB says

Data shows 22 per cent of businesses polled in urban cores are at normal levels of sales compared to 37 per cent in rural areas

A moose in an RCMP uniform wearing a mask and a cartoon cardboard cutout of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greet customers at a store selling souvenirs in the Byward Market in Ottawa, on Sunday, July 12, 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business suggests that businesses in Canada’s city centres are struggling more than their rural counterparts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Nordstrom Rack announces it will open to the public Sept. 17 at the site of the former Sears department store in Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)

Langley Nordstrom Rack opening in September

The luxury discount store is the first in British Columbia

Nordstrom Rack announces it will open to the public Sept. 17 at the site of the former Sears department store in Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley. (Joti Grewal/Langley Advance Times)
Graffiti on a church in downtown Maple Ridge. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)

Graffiti plagues downtown Maple Ridge

Often profane and offensive, says downtown BIA

Graffiti on a church in downtown Maple Ridge. (Neil Corbett/THE NEWS)
Animatronic dinosaurs and fossils are being auctioned off at Langley’s Abel Auctions on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Dinosaurs revived for animatronic auction in Langley

More than 500 robot dinosaurs, fossils, and exhibition gear are going on the block Aug. 6

Animatronic dinosaurs and fossils are being auctioned off at Langley’s Abel Auctions on Thursday, Aug. 6. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Chamber of Commerce joins local business campaign.

Chamber joins ‘Show Local Some Love’ national movement

Urges support of businesses in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

  • Aug 2, 2020
Chamber of Commerce joins local business campaign.
The site of Interfor’s Hammond Cedar sawmill on the Fraser River is being sold. (Maple Ridge News)

Hammond Cedar site attracts potential buyers

Interfor in the process of selling former lumber mill property in Maple Ridge

The site of Interfor’s Hammond Cedar sawmill on the Fraser River is being sold. (Maple Ridge News)