CORNWALL Ontario – In a recent Freeholder story Economic Development officer Bob Peters goes on about our amazing “growth” in Cornwall; but are we really growing economically? The city cites new distribution centre jobs, but doesn’t count the loss of our call centres; nor does it focus on recent job losses at Union shops like Sensient Flavors, Phillips, or the other shut downs that impact so many better paying jobs in our area.
In downtown Cornwall we are in the process of seeing at least three doors shut down; Tweed & Hickory, Habitat (which is moving to Brockville) and Needle in a Haystack. Others are struggling to keep afloat and Cornwall Square will have a huge empty hole as anchor tenant No Frills leaves the downtown core without a grocer. Their other anchor tenant is Sears Canada who also are struggling.
Cornwall has agreed to give Smart Centres a bag of financial incentives to build in Cornwall; but who will pay for that? Doesn’t that Corporate welfare put a larger burden on the business tax rate while they have to struggle to compete with the new stores?
I spoke with Rob Csernyik, the owner of Habitat about Cornwall and his store:
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