Businesses that were affected by the
collapse of the Algo Centre Mall roof in Elliot Lake are starting to
recover thanks to the $2-million Business Continuity Fund set up by
the provincial government.
Alpine Flowers and Gifts, which was
formerly located in the mall, will be receiving support to make
significant leasehold improvements to its new storefront, saving
three local jobs in the process.
Owner Luc Morrissette is currently
operating the store out of his home, but hopes to be in his new
location by early November.
“I want to thank our local business
partners for supporting us while we prepare for the big move,” he
said in a news release.
To date, the City of Elliot Lake has
approved 12 applications under the Business Continuity Fund, allowing
74 people to return to work.
“As any entrepreneur will tell you,
establishing a business takes a lot of perseverance and hard work;
now imagine that you have to take on that challenge all over again,”
Mayor Rick Hamilton said in the release. “I can’t thank our
business owners enough for reinvesting their time and money into
making our community stronger.”