Shop at home, first

Andrew Wagstaff
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AMHERST The closure of an East Amherst gas station has the Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce making an emotional plea to her community to shop local.

Im shocked and saddened that we have two businesses imperiled by over-the-border shopping, said Cheryl Allen. Its time we as a community start looking at why we go across the border.

Steamboats owner Janice Landry announced recently that she is closing the gas station and convenience store after more than 50 years in business, while South Albion Shell owner Bruce Fage announced he would no longer be offering 24-hour service at his business. Both cited a decrease in local business traffic.

Gas taxes are higher in Nova Scotia than they are in New Brunswick, causing many local motorists to fill up their tanks in Aulac or Sackville, according to Steamboats owner Janice Landry, who cited the lack of local support as the reason for her decision.

But the gas taxes here are higher because the provincial government has committed that tax revenue to much-needed repaving and repairs to roads, according to Allen.

We cry and fight for better roads, then the government does something about it by offering those tax dollars be spent on roads, and were defying it by going across the border to spend our dollars that were going to go to a good cause.

While she understands people will always go to Moncton to shop, Allen urged the local community to buy local whenever possible.

This community supports your sporting groups, gymnastic clubs, hockey, etc., she said. We support your investment and I would hope the community will start realizing that and supporting us.

Organizations: Area Chamber of Commerce

Geographic location: East Amherst, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Aulac Moncton

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