Residents stunned after shopping mainstay closes in Logan Lake
Sources from Logan Lake say the town’s popular store, The Bargain Shop, will be closing down soon, leaving a gaping hole in the town’s shopping district.
Logan Lake resident Barrie Ogden said she was shocked when she heard the news.
“Last Thursday, I was at art class at the high school when I heard people talking about it,” she told the Herald.
“As soon as the class was over I was down at the store and crying and encouraging the people (staff) there.”
Ogden said she was told the staff were notified Monday or Tuesday. Calls to The Bargain Shop head office from the Merritt Herald were not returned. However, staff at the store confirmed the closure.
“They weren’t told when the store was exactly closing but some time in the next three weeks,” she said. “I said, ‘Boy, there’s going to be some sales,’ but they said, ‘No, we heard there were liquidators going to come in and take everything out.’”
The loss of The Bargain Shop will be a real blow to the town, said Ogden. “They carry such a wide variety of items, such as men’s and women’s clothing, kids’ clothing, household goods like soaps, shampoos, groceries, rugs, lamps, blankets, slippers, shoes, envelopes and much more. This is an amazing loss for the community and especially for those of us who could hop down to the store for last-minute items as well as for those who can’t drive or don’t want to drive to Merritt or Kamloops to shop. Not to have access to clothing, grocery items, cleaning products, household goods, shoes, boots, slippers, office supplies, will mean a major economic loss to Logan Lake.”
Derek DeCandole, economic development officer for the District of Logan Lake, told the Herald that he has heard the rumours but has not received official confirmation from The Bargain Shop regarding the closure.