After several false starts, major cities across North America are looking to have workers return to their downtown offices, restart tourism campaigns, and reenergize and prop up local businesses.
Toronto, for instance, has started bringing back city hall workers and recently launched resources dedicated to helping small businesses.
With a light finally at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel, Mary Kelly, CEO and president of Gateway Newstands–a franchisor of small-format c-stores and food-service stores in urban centres–spoke to Convenience Store News Canada about surviving the past two years of the pandemic, the silver lining she found with Gateway’s owner-operators and her hopes for the future of Canada’s largest city.
To get the perspective from an independent owner on the hardships c-stores located in urban cores have faced, we also spoke to Peter Aboud of Slater Street Market in Ottawa, where the downtown recently opened following the so-called ‘Freedom Convoy’ demonstration.
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