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 bought 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 crew of volunteers and carried merchandise as numerous as furnishings and low, folks music devices and residential decor gadgets. 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 surroundings, we acknowledge your dedication, assist and dedication to the success of Ten Thousand Villages Canada,” the corporate said in a release. “Nonetheless, regardless of all our greatest efforts, we now have been unable to attain the extent of gross sales that might 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 troublesome determination 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 will probably be closed by Might 29. No date has been set for when the Ottawa retailer will shut. The shop celebrated its 20th anniversary in October.

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

“We’re proud to say that we now have empowered over 100,000 makers world wide to earn a good and secure earnings, share their craft with a world market, acquire entry to training and medical companies, higher working situations, equal alternatives for girls and a lot extra. And the reality is, none of this could have been attainable with out the fervour and dedication of our employees, volunteers and most significantly, you, our loyal prospects,” the corporate stated in its assertion on social media.

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

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