Chamber of Commerce moves into new Roberts Street digs

"The additional space provides us with a lot more advantages." - Mark Drysdale

  • May. 26, 2014 12:00 p.m.

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce has moved to a new location.

The Visitor Information Centre opened at the Chamber’s new base on 33 Roberts St. this past Friday (May 23).

The move sees the Chamber depart from the old, nearby site at 411B First Ave.

“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 us 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 Information 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.”