Mount Pleasant proprietors pivot under pandemic pressure

Businesses adapt as COVID-19 shakes up retail and hospitality environment

Rob Kruyt/BIV files

As they have in other shopping areas around the Lower Mainland, local merchants along the Main Street and Commercial Drive retail corridors have been hit hard by the pandemic.

Neil Wyles, executive director of the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Area, provided this overview of the Mount Pleasant district:

“The Mount Pleasant area, like all areas of the city, was hit hard with the onset of the COVID shutdowns. Mount Pleasant has a large concentration of food service outlets, so this was felt for a little longer than most as the reopening guidelines were still being researched and written.

Once reopening began, our merchants were able to quickly transition to online platforms, or delivery services, or adapt physical changes to their business to continue to deliver their services. I feel that this was a success because of a couple of reasons: most of our businesses are independently owned and operated, so the decision-making process was immediate. Also, a very high percentage of people who work in Mount Pleasant live in Mount Pleasant, so the impact was not as dramatic as there is not such a strong reliance on tourism and visitor traffic.”

Representatives of the Commercial Drive Business Society could not be reached for comment by press time.

 

Empty Main Street storefronts (from East 1st to 33rd Avenue)

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Empty Commercial Drive storefronts (Venables Street to 12th Avenue)

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