Baie-d’Urfé town council has given the green light to warehouse sales to be held periodically in its industrial park, a major component of the small municipality’s tax base.
The industrial park, located just off the Highway 40 service road near the Morgan Rd. exit, is home to about 70 businesses, ranging from bakers, steel works, audio equipment suppliers and pharmaceutical companies.
The town decided to allow warehouse sales after considering a request made last spring by Eglo Canada Inc., a home lighting supplier.
Mayor Maria Tutino said the town was willing to open the doors slightly to direct selling to the public in its industrial park, but it didn’t want it to become a full-fledged retail hub.
“If it’s controlled, it’s win-win,” she said.
The new rule, part of a zoning amendment, came into effect last week. It permits any company in the industrial park to hold a warehouse sale for a three-day duration, twice a year.
“We have certain standards in the industrial park. We don’t want it to become a retail outlet and, you know, have people coming in at all times,” the mayor said.
Although companies won’t have to ask for a permit, the town will intervene if a complaint is lodged for exceeding the conditions set for warehouse sales.
“It’s almost like garage sales in town: They are allowed to do a number of garage sales and only when they violate the intent of the thing, that we would know people are abusing it,” Tu-tino said.
The mayor said the warehouse sales could be a boon for some companies and for residents.
Eglo is planning to hold a warehouse sale in about a month.
“We were very pleased with their decision to pass the bylaw so that we can now offer some of our previous year’s products to the public at great prices,” marketing director Roger Bevan said.
“We have not confirmed our warehouse sale date yet, but are looking to do it around the end of October,” he added.