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Chamber of Commerce has a new location

Chamber moves from 1st Avenue to new location on Roberts Street

Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location.

The visitor and information centre opened at the chamber's new base on 33 Roberts Street this past Friday.

The move sees the chamber depart from the old, close-by site at 411B 1st Avenue.

"There's lots of reasons for the move but the primary one is space," said chamber manager Mark Drysdale this past Friday.

Drysdale was on-hand at the new location Friday, alongside newly elected president Aaron Stone as the moving process continued.

"The additional space provides use with a lot more advantages," said Drysdale. "This place is twice as big. We are developing a new business centre into the offices out the back and that will give business owners or whoever the chance to meet with clients in the extra space. We save a little bit of money on rent and that was factored into the decision as well."

Stone believes the new business centre will be a valuable asset.

"It will be a good resource centre for opening business in town," said the president, who also believes the new location has greater accessibility and better parking for RVs in particular.

The visitor centre is currently open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

"Through July and August we will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week," said Drysdale, who confirmed that signage is still being worked on, with the chamber looking at placing a large information sign on the new building that will be visible from the highway.

Drysdale also said that a date for an open house at the new location is yet to be confirmed, but he is hoping that will be staged "sometime in June."

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