Frustrated and desperate, the president and CEO of the chain La Vie en Rose asks the government to allow retail businesses to open “even part-time” in order to help them.
“If I am given the chance to open, even part-time, say four days a week, 40 hours a week, just give us the chance to clean up our inventories, take over our employees, start the wheel again and clean up our collections. ‘winter, it’s going to be already extraordinary, ”François Roberge asked in an interview with LCN.
He pleads for businesses, closed since December 24, to be able to open everywhere in Quebec and not just in remote regions where the numbers of COVID-19 cases are lower.
“It’s really extremely hard, it’s frustrating,” lamented Mr. Roberge.
Although he has the ability to make online sales, these transactions represent only 15% of his turnover, which is “never enough to get through”, he pleaded.
One of the challenges he has to face is paying the rents for his shops.
“I have a fight, I have to pay my rent, I have pressure from my landlords who ask me, even if I am closed, to pay,” he denounced.
He also stressed that government assistance is clearly insufficient to allow retail businesses to survive.
“Provincial help, there is none. There is federal assistance, but it is never enough to offset the costs we have every month, ”criticizes the CEO.