May 27, 2014 5:08 pm

Serving up controversy

LETHBRIDGE – “Canadians cook your food here, unlike the big chains.”

That was the message written on a sign outside the Luigi’s Pizza and Steakhouse in Pincher Creek that the owner put up last week.

The owner says it was a move to support local businesses and he had no intention to offend anyone.

“Business isn’t easy to begin with and I won’t take the easy way out and hire foreign workers,” said Dave Strojwas, owner of the local business.

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The mayor of Pincher Creek says the town’s location makes it difficult to attract employees and many area businesses have no choice. Strojwas says he hires local to build a strong community and does not want to take Canadian jobs.

“Our retail market has grown here in the last several years and we have trouble finding people to work here,” explains Don Anderberg Mayor of Pincher Creek

The Luigi’s in Pincher Creek is owned and operated independently and the mayor says it’s up to businesses how they choose to advertise.

“That is his decision he runs his business the way he wants to. If that’s his decision that’s his decision.”

Most people we talked to didn’t find the sign offensive, but said it’s the reality for most businesses.

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