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  • a business man
    May 12, 2012 - 09:59

    while this is an unfortunate situation, there is nothing wrong here folks. The landlord is within their rights to exercise a clause in the lease, and is also justified if there intention was to get the salvation army out to get in new tenants who will pay more. I am a landlord, and I use these clauses specifically to get a tenant to leave. The law are very pro-tenant, which means that it can be difficult for a landlord to get a tenant. As a landlord, the way to make the most money is to list the rental property on the open market and accept the highest offer. With tenants that are renewing the lease, the landlord typically increases the rent but still gets less than they would if they put the property on the market. SO, I use this type of clause to force out a lower paying tenant, and make way for someone to pay more money. If in fact this is what the landlord did to the salvation army, then kudos to them for using a good legal team to draft their lease. At the end of the day, the landlord can owns the property and should be able to rent it to whomever they want and whatever price they want. For example, for my residential rental homes in Toronto, I recently used the law to force my tenants out, and now I charge DOUBLE the rent to the new tenant. really though, I should not need to use the law, but rather be able to tell them to leave so I can get someone to pay more. At the end of the day, I just want more money. I really don't care who actually pays it.

  • Robert
    May 12, 2012 - 08:00

    Only those who have needed the services of the Salvation Army and those who "dish it out" fully grasp just what this organization does in a community. Those who would throw stones quite frankly don't know what they talk about and I hope they never do need the services of this finest organization.

  • Sherry
    May 11, 2012 - 20:27

    First of all, I'm devastated that the SA Thrift Store has been forced to leave it's location of 19 years. I have been employed at the CBS store for almost 12 yrs. My co-workers (my friends) & our customers have become like family to each one of us. Our store was unique. It was like a little boutique where people would drop in to not only shop but just to say hello. Some maybe twice a day. Many of our customers would come in to socialize, to relax (they say it's therapy), to have a little chat. They know there's always a listening ear if they need to talk and even a hug at times. We have cried with those who have lost loved one, those who are lonely & depressed & have tried to end their life and even those who have come to us because they have been abused and needed somewhere to go where they know they won't get hurt or judged. We laugh together on a daily basis with our customers...it's makes them feel good and it makes us feel good. You never know what someone is going thru and just to send a smile their way or have a little laugh together could mean the whole world to them at that moment. I feel devasted not only because my job will terminate at the end of the month but I feel for our customers. Many are so attached to and depend upon that thrift store. May 28th is going to be a sad, sad day for many. CBS cannot be without a thrift store and we are hoping and praying that we will soon acquire a new location in the area.

  • Lisa
    May 11, 2012 - 10:37

    Its a shame that there are so many negative and greedy people in our world! The Salvation Army does amazing work for people in need all of the world and its a shame that there is always someone ready to throw out insults and negative comments. Its easy for someone to say buy your own building - do you have any idea how much cost is associated with owning a commercial building...its fine if your Walmart but how do you expect charities to cover that cost? I hope the Salvation Army can find a new location in the near future and I would like to thank the staff for their hard work and being so wonderful over the years!!!

  • Linda
    May 11, 2012 - 10:28

    Jack, the salvation Army is Canada's largest non-governmetal supplier of social programs and as such I would think their funds are neede for these programs. The cost of buying land, building ermits, architect fees, egineers fees, contractors fees and the like associated with building a new building would tie up much needed funding that can be best used to support their programs. Retail space is generic and leasing such space I think is the better option for them.

  • Jack
    May 10, 2012 - 10:27

    Sounds like the Salvation Army are starting to show their typical defeatist attitude, especially in Newfoundland and Labrador's fastest growing town, Conception Bay South. Because Conception Bay South is growing, demands for Salvation Army's services will be increasing, meaning they have to make a more diligent effort to find a new place for their thrift store instead of closing it permanently. Secondly, why don't they build their own store so they won't have to be held hostage under major developers with constant leases? Use your brains Salvation Army and find another place for a thrift store or Newfoundland's second largest settlement will lose out to Corner Brook and Mount Pearl, community with similar sizes to CBS, as they have Thrift Stores.

    • will power
      May 11, 2012 - 14:03

      Actually, Jack, Paradise is the fastest growing community according to Statistics Canada. And your comment that the Salvation Army is showing "their typical defeatist attitude" indicates to me that you simply have some sort of issue with the organization. Odd that, especially given the incredible work they do to help people in need in CBS, in Paradise and throughout the entire country.