Retailers report small drop in sales, good overall

Business in Houston is facing a smaller impact than expected after the closure of Houston Forest Products a year ago.

West Fraser continues dismantling and demolishing Houston Forest Products.

Business in Houston is facing a smaller impact than expected after the closure of Houston Forest Products a year ago.

“It’s bad, but it’s not as bad as people think,” said retail business owner Tom Euverman.

He says “the retailers that had direct accounts with HFP are down for sure, but others haven’t been affected as much.”

Chamber of Commerce President Troy Reitsma says local business had to adjust staffing and stock in response to the mill closure.

“Some businesses have seen a small drop in sales, but overall sales have still been good,” Reitsma said.

“The community has been very supportive to the local businesses. The merchant dollars program sold over $70,000 worth of gift certificates last year which helps keep local dollars local.”

Rod Kluss, owner of First Choice Fashions, says he has lost sales in work boots and clothing since the mill closed.

“It has affected my sales overall because of losing all those workers,” he said.

Kluss says the impact on retail depends on the business.

“It varies as to what retail business you are in,” he said.

“I think some of them probably aren’t affected, others are a little bit.”

In the last year, Houston’s economic activity has been quite steady.

Since the mill closure, Houston’s veterinary clinic closed and a new Majestic Restaurant opened.

Several businesses changed hands, including Happy Jacks Pub, Subway and the laundromat.

Reitsma says the mill closure has required Houston to diversify its economic focus.

“We can not rely solely on forestry as our main driver.  The community needs to look at other sectors such as tourism and mining,” he said.

“With our ideal location, we have the opportunity to provide the supplies that are needed for mining exploration and the [proposed] LNG lines.”

Euverman says pipeline activity is sustaining some optimism among retail business owners.

He hopes it will bring a temporary boost.

“Who knows what’s coming down the pipe?” he said.

 

Just Posted

Missing Prince George man

The Prince George RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating a… Continue reading

Three incumbent councillors re-elected in Houston

Houston mayor and director of Electoral Area G re-elected by acclamation

Incumbents and acclaimed mayors win elections all across B.C.’s north

Fraser Lake saw their first female mayor elected

Mayoral results from across B.C.

Voters in 162 municipalities in B.C. set to elect mayor, council, school board and more

Six cattle killed on Hungry Hill

After a brief closure Friday the highway is now open to traffic.

‘She’s charging. Oh God’: Mama grizzly runs at B.C. man armed with shotgun

People online were quick to question – and defend – a man’s decision to shoot a grizzly bear charging him on a Bella Coola front yard

Canada announces $20M fund for women entrepreneurs

New federal program will provide up to $100,000 for female business owners to grow their operations

Vancouver Island man claims falling ice smashed his truck windshield

Man discovered volleyball-sized chunk ice on his truck Saturday, near Nanaimo, B.C.

B.C. vegan butcher to appear on Dragons’ Den

Victoria’s Very Good Butchers will star in Nov. 29 episode

Fast ferries from B.C. spotted in Egypt

Controversial aluminum BC Ferries vessels ’big white elephants covered in dust,’ eyewitness says

Canadian troops, families take shelter in hotel after Florida hurricane

Most of the Canadians were evacuated from the military base before Hurricane Michael

B.C. jury trial hears police-sting audio of man accused of killing girl, 12

Garry Handlen has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder of Monica Jack on May 6, 1978.

5 tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe this Halloween

BC Children’s Hospital has a few suggestions to keep Oct. 31 fun

B.C. man gets seven years in prison for baseball-bat attack on Kamloops teen

Kamloops man who beat Jessie Simpson into a coma has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was originally charged with attempted murder and assault with a weapon.

Most Read