Fashion clothing, articles of sports and outdoors, furniture, appliances and meals… We can still be purchased locally by phone or online at La Tuque, in the Haute-Mauricie.
Launched by the Chamber of commerce and industry of the Haut-Saint-Maurice (CCIHSM) and funded by the economic development agencies of the region, the delivery service was carried out 1700 since the beginning of the containment measures. The service is so popular that it will soon expand to four of its fleet of vehicles.
“There are some who call me every day, to testify to me how you can save their trade. There are have seen a difference at all with this service-there. We are very satisfied,” welcomed Karine Rochette, director-general of the CCIHSM.
A shopkeeper of garments for ladies and children was able to rescue approximately one-third of its volume of business through this service. “The first day, I have delivered 16 package. I was really surprised. The next day, it was 18. The day after, it was 20. Since then, it has not stopped,” said Gloria Giguère, shop Red Navy.
Even if its economy is doing well despite the confinement, the City of La Tuque wants to be part of the first wave of the regions in which the businesses will be able to gradually re-open their doors.
“We would like to be in the first group because of the economic side, it will be necessary to re-open our small businesses,” said the mayor, Pierre-David Tremblay.
For the moment, access to the Haute-Mauricie region remains under the control of the Sûreté du Québec. The filtering has the disincentive effects that were hoped for. To speed up the transition to the control points, the local authorities have handed out passes to those who have acceptable reasons to enter or exit the region.