Very happy to find their customers, the traders now hope to never see a closure again. Across Quebec, so-called “non-essential” retail businesses can reopen their doors as of today, including in red zones, after having been forced to deliver and pick up only since Christmas.
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“It’s very positive, we are very happy. […] We hope that this is the right one, ”says Marc Poliquin, CEO of Fillion Shoes, which operates ten stores, mainly in Quebec and in the eastern part of the province.
Each closure hurts the wallet, but it is perhaps even more difficult for employees who find themselves on work stoppage, underlines Mr. Poliquin.
“We are afraid that these people, if we continue to do that [des mises à pied temporaires], will reorient themselves towards something else. We hope it’s the last time, indeed, ”he said.
A big loss
In Quebec, the owners of the sporting goods store Le coureur nordique say that a highly regarded manager who was a “pillar” of the company decided to leave his job because of the uncertainty of the second lockdown.
“It’s a big loss for us. […] Our employees are what makes us have customers and what we have the reputation we have. When you lose it, it always hurts, ”says Jolyane Bérubé, co-owner of the store.
If she understands why the last confinement was necessary, “we hope there will not be a third wave, as much for our business as for society in general”, she sums up.
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Frédérick Goulet, from the Denis Musique store, expects “a big week”.
At least, this second reopening is less stressful than the first at the end of spring, since the sanitary instructions are better understood, as much by the customers as by the workers. “For us, to reopen, Monday [aujourd’hui] it was not that complicated. It’s just to redo what we used to do. The guys are already ready, ”says Frédérick Goulet, co-owner of the Denis Musique instrument store.
Remember that personal and aesthetic care centers, museums and libraries can also resume their activities.
However, dining rooms and gyms, among others, remain closed in regions where the alert level is maximum.
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