Montague approves official welcomes

Steve Sharratt
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Town of Montague

MONTAGUE — Eastern P.E.I.’s largest town is dusting off the welcome mat, especially when it comes to new business ventures.

“I didn’t realize we didn’t already do this,’’ said a surprised Coun. Debbie Johnson before council here approved the recent motion.

The town agreed unanimously to begin a program where a town rep or delegation pays a visit and provides an official welcome to those opening a new business in the community.

“It’s a great idea and I’m disappointed this wasn’t already being done,’’ said Johnson during the discussion.

While the mayor and councillors have been known to “welcome” new operations in a private fashion, the council voted to approve an official endorsement by sending a letter and ensuring a council rep visit.

“It’s an idea we should have been doing all along,’’ said Coun. Peggy MacLeod, who informed council she had recently visited a new flower shop to provide some welcoming remarks.

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I.

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  • Montague businesses
    March 03, 2014 - 13:32

    Montague can handle a second flower shop. Montague can handle a lot of more businesses. There are a lot of good businesses already in Montague. Small local businesses. The problem with Montague businesses is the majority of locals do not always support them. They'd rather spend the $ on gas to go to Charlottetown than shop locally. You'd be surprised at what you can find locally in Montague stores, if you really looked, & you would save a lot of gas money to boot.

    • Where is your head?
      March 03, 2014 - 14:45

      Montague can not support two flower shops. It has been tried and it has failed. It will fail again!!

  • Free enterprise
    March 03, 2014 - 10:03

    To: where are your heads: It is no wonder businesses struggle in Montague. No one has the monopoly on any one type of business - that sort of thing breeds complacency. Competition is good - keeps everyone sharp and on their toes.

    • Where is your head?
      March 03, 2014 - 14:41

      Competition is good when there is a sufficiently large customer base and enough business to support multiple sources. Competition is not good when the customer base is small with both businesses offering an identical product. This will always result in the failure of one or both businesses.

  • Where are your heads?
    March 03, 2014 - 08:43

    I am at a loss as to why Montague would welcome a new flower shop. Montague has an established, reputable flower shop with a customer base barely adequate to sustain it. A second shop opened a few years ago causing both shops to experience hard times and the eventual failure of the new business. A second flower shop in Montague will siphon enough business to damage the existing store, and ultimately one of these businesses will fail. Another failed business/empty store for Montague! I fail to see this as a desirable outcome or the occasion for a big welcome!!