Bargain Shop plans to close by end of year

After just four years in business, The Bargain Shop in downtown Stettler is scheduled to close its doors this December

The Bargain Shop is set to close its doors after four years in downtown Stettler.

After just four years in business, The Bargain Shop in downtown Stettler is scheduled to close its doors this December.

“Our lease is up, and that’s why we’re closing it at the end of the year,” said Tracey Mikita, the vice-president of human resources.

“We made the decision for business reasons.”

The Bargain Shop opened in Stettler in December 2008 to fill a vacancy when SAAN closed after many years on main street at the northeast corner of 49 Avenue.

“We work with landlords and decide whether it makes sense for us (to remain open at this location),” Mikita said last week.

“At this time, it is not.”

Typically, the Bargain Shop employs from 10 to 15 staff, full-time and part-time, Mikita said.

The Bargain Shop recently announced that it was opening nine new stores in western Canada, including two in the Alberta communities of Stony Plain and Beaverlodge.

When the Stettler store closes, the nearest Bargain Shop stores will be located in Lacombe, Ponoka and Innisfail.

This is the fifth downtown business closing in Stettler this year.

Loui’s Fashions became history this week after 57 years in business, along with partner stores K.J. Casuals and Odds and Ends.

Two months ago, Corner Appliance closed down after 33 years.

Auld Phillips of Chilliwack, B.C., has bought Lou’s Fashions and plans to open Suzanne’s and Jenny’s this fall.

Savage Drug Mart owner Scott Savage bought the premises of Odd and Ends and plans to open at the new larger location by the end of this year.

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