Iqaluit couple plans Apex convenience store

“We have been working on the idea for five or six years now”

By DEAN MORRISON

An Iqaluit couple plans to open a convenience store on this lot occupied by building 3039 in Apex some time next year. (PHOTO BY DEAN MORRISON)


An Iqaluit couple plans to open a convenience store on this lot occupied by building 3039 in Apex some time next year. (PHOTO BY DEAN MORRISON)

A new business is coming to Apex.

At their Nov. 22 meeting, Iqaluit City councillors approved a proposal from Iqaluit business owners Lori Idlout and Allan Mullin to open a convenience story in Apex during 2012.

Mullin and Idlout plan to build the store on property they already own in Apex.

“We have been working on the idea to open up a store in Apex for five or six years now,” Idlout said.“We talked about it when we lived in Apex, and everyone was very supportive of the idea.”

Mullin said it’s been more than 20 years since a convenience store has been able to operate successfully in Apex.

Mullin and Idlout plan to truck in a pre-existing structure and attach it to building 3039 in Apex.

Then, Mullin will undertake the renovations required to turn the structure into a convenience store.

Mullin said he’s not new to the convenience store business: when he was growing up, his grandparents owned a grocery store.

A taxi fare to Iqaluit from Apex now costs $12, and, given the fact that many Apex residents don’t have access to vehicles, “this is a way for us to give back to the community that has been very good to us over the years,” Idlout said.

The couple would ideally like a partner to come in and help them operate the store.

“We are both pretty busy ourselves to actually run the store,” Idlout said.

But Idlout and Mullin say they’re prepared to open it by themselves if no offers are forthcoming.

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