Business owners and landlords alike have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic

Jeannette Cole is both. She owns the South Hill Bowling Centre and rents out the buildings housing Leisure Time Bingo and Aurora Restaurant.

She said that closing the doors to the bowling alley before summer hits is bad timing.

“So having to close down my centre three and a half months earlier is going to create a really big problem for me,” Cole said. “I can’t do takeout. I can’t recover that lost revenues at all. It’s just gone.”

She said that bills are not going to be cheap for the Bingo and restaurant since they are also closed and aren’t bringing in any money.

Cole estimated that the power and energy alone on those building will cost her thousands of dollars each month.

“In six months, I’m going to have a $30,000 debt that I know,” she said. “The Bingo is closed, the restaurant is closed, I’m closed, we haven’t got any revenue coming in. So how do we stay on top of that?”

Cole said she’s had to layoff staff during this time, but did praise the federal government for introducing the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit Plan to take care of those who are now out of work.


More Local News

POLL: What should be done with the Natatorium?

With plans on replacing the Phyllis Dewar outdoor pool, the City of Moose Jaw will be decommissioning the Natatorium in the near future. The Depression Era building used to be the hub of the city as…

Meili stepping down as MLA

NDP Opposition leader Ryan Meili has announced Thursday that he will be stepping down as the MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin as of July 1. Meili, a native of Moose Jaw, was first elected to the Saskatoon…

[VIDEO] City holds Public Works open house

Residents got an up-close look at some of the heavy equipment the city uses during a Public Works open house on Wednesday at the City Complex. The open house is part of Public Works Week from May 15…

Fishing regulations, regions and reasons for 2022

A new fishing season has begun, and that means new regulations to help keep even the swiftest of currents protected from overfishing. As with every year, 2022 has some changes here and there…

Crescent Park playground temporarily closed

The Crescent Park Playground will be temporarily closed to allow contractors to replace the wood decking in the spray park and playground area. The project, which includes the installation of a… is Moose Jaw's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide