Westboro Ten Thousand Villages retailer to shut as firm ends most Canadian operations



These mango wooden salad bowls hand crafted in Thailand are typical of the merchandise offered in Ten Thousand Villages. The shop’s Ottawa location is closing as the corporate wraps up most of its Canadian operations.


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After greater than 20 years in enterprise, Westboro’s Ten Thousand Villages retailer is closing.

The Richmond Street retailer is certainly one of 15 fair-trade Ten Thousand Villages retailers throughout the nation to be closed because the chain wraps up its Canadian operation.

Eight independently owned and operated retailers will stay open, most of them out West.

The Westboro retailer is staffed by one paid worker and a group of volunteers and carried merchandise as various as furnishings and low, people music devices and residential decor objects. Employees there referred media inquiries to the Mennonite Central Committee, which operates Ten Thousand Villages.

The corporate introduced the shutdown “with a heavy coronary heart” on Tuesday afternoon.

“On this difficult retail atmosphere, we acknowledge your dedication, assist and dedication to the success of Ten Thousand Villages Canada,” the corporate said in a release. “Nevertheless, despite all our greatest efforts, now we have been unable to realize the extent of gross sales that may proceed to supply us with the flexibility to function a sustainable enterprise mannequin. It is for that reason that Mennonite Central Committee Canada (MCCC) has made the tough resolution to shut their social enterprise, Ten Thousand Villages Canada.”

The shops, together with the corporate’s distribution centre in New Hamburg, Ont., its head workplace, and its on-line operation at Tenthousandvillages.ca can be closed by Could 29. No date has been set for when the Ottawa retailer will shut. The shop celebrated its 20th anniversary in October.

In response to its web site, Ten Thousand Villages was based in 1946 in Pennsylvania by an American Mennonite, Ruth Edna Byler, who purchased and offered handiwork from ladies she had met whereas working to alleviate poverty in Puerto Rico. Her mission was adopted and expanded by the Mennonite Central Committee.

“We’re proud to say that now we have empowered over 100,000 makers around the globe to earn a good and steady earnings, share their craft with a worldwide market, achieve entry to training and medical providers, higher working circumstances, equal alternatives for girls and a lot extra. And the reality is, none of this could have been potential with out the fervour and dedication of our workers, volunteers and most significantly, you, our loyal prospects,” the corporate mentioned in its assertion on social media.

U.S. operations aren’t affected by the shutdown of the Canadian shops.

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