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Hamilton business owners hear lessons learned during LRT construction in KW

Central LRT station in Waterloo.
Central LRT station in Waterloo. Keanin Loomis, Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

City staff, Metrolinx and Hamilton business owners boarded a bus destined for Kitchener-Waterloo this morning, looking for advice on how to best weather the LRT construction phase.

A group of forty toured businesses in close proximity to KW’s rapid transit line as part of an LRT information series, hosted by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

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President and CEO Keanin Loomis, says many businesses relayed the need for partnership and creativity.

“We were able to visit a couple stores that have alleyways behind their businesses,” he said.

“They started to use the back entrances for both in and out of their customers and as a way to also get deliveries into their stores.”

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Loomis said it’s worth exploring in Hamilton due to the abundance of alleyways.

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He said it was also reassuring to hear that Kitchener wasn’t having discussions about preparing businesses for construction until shovels were in the ground, while Hamilton is still two years out.

The Chamber of Commerce four-part ‘LRT ready’ series will hold sessions on customer retention and the online marketplace in the coming months.