Officials with the provincial government issued a tender for a new 3,400 square foot retail space for Aulds Cove; the tender closed in January.
After February’s regular Mulgrave town council meeting, Ralph Hadley, the town’s mayor, told The Hawk it likely spells the end of their store.
“(It’s) very disappointing for us, the Town of Mulgrave- I think that’s another blow to us,” he said. “Once that new one will be built, I can’t see they will keep it open- I’m hoping they will, but I don’t think they will.”
Hadley said they haven’t been told their location is closing, but it seems like a foregone conclusion.
He said it hurts their struggling town.
“If and when it does close, it’s a blow to us,” he said. “We lose revenue from the government for that on taxes, it’s jobs, and it also makes business and traffic in the town.”
Hadley said the Mulgrave location employs four people.
He said he’s met with Lloyd Hines, the MLA for Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, on the matter.