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Start-up of renovations of historic downtown building delayed

Complications due to ongoing pandemic

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The new owner of the former Tweed & Hickory department store had initially planned to start renovations on the downtown site in late 2021, hoping to open it by late 2022.

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But it appears the continued pandemic has added some complications to the mix, forcing a delay in the start of renovations.

“As I am sure you can appreciate that this is a large project and with the current environment we are in, things are much slower than anticipated,” Mona Beckmann, chief operating officer for Things Engraved and Bloomex Retail Division, told The Daily Press in an email.

The new owner of the former Tweed & Hickory and Bucovetsky’s location shared some tentative plans for the three-storey downtown building they recently acquired.

In January, it was announced that the building was purchased with plans to “create a multi-retail shopping experience influenced by the European Market concept, all under one roof: home décor, personalized apparel, wedding boutique, floral, garden centre and more.”

The building, located at 227 Third Ave., has been vacant since the last business to occupy that space, Tweed & Hickory, announced it was closing up shop in 2014.

Beckmann had told The Daily Press back in January that they are expecting to start with 30 employees when they open for the business.

“We would be looking at 20-plus people for the retail shops to start with and another 10 more for the production house – this includes delivery drivers,” she had mentioned. “We will look at adding more as business grows.”

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