Alpha Food update (March 15)

… staying until August

The owners of convenience store Alpha Foods have reached an agreement with their landlord that will allow them to stay in their current location until the end of August.

The agreement will allow Hadi Tinafar and Hossein Pakdaman to stay at the corner of Hazel and Main streets and gives them more time to find an alternate location within Old Ottawa East.

“We are anxious to continue to serve the community,” said Pakdaman.

The landlord, Poppy Weaver, thanked “our neighbours, the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution at St. Paul University, for helping us to resolve this situation to everyone’s satisfaction.”

Originally, Alpha Foods was slated to close at the end of this month. More than 300 people signed a petition urging a solution that would allow the store to stay.

Many others spoke to the parties involved, expressing support for Alpha Foods and highlighting their reliance on the store. Many seniors expressed appreciation for the store. They were concerned about having to travel to the Glebe to shop for groceries.

This outpouring of concern touched Tinafar and Pakdaman.

“We are very happy with our neighbours who supported us over the past 18 years,” said Tinafar.

“Beginning in September, the Green Door Restaurant will expand into the present Alpha space as part of its refurbishment plans,” Weaver said.

“We want to get the required renovations to the Green Door completed before construction starts on Main St. early in 2014,” said the restaurant’s proprietor Ron Farmer.

“I’m really glad that the two parties were able to settle this matter in a mutually satisfactory manner, and that Alpha Foods gets to stay in the community through the summer,” said John Dance, chair of the Ottawa East Community Association. “Alpha Foods has been an important and valued member of our community for almost two decades, and they have earned the respect of all members of the Community. Poppy Weaver is to be commended for listening to the Community’s concerns and seeking the intervention of the Canadian Institute of Conflict Resolution.”

As they do every year, Tinafar and Pakdaman have invited all customers to stop by the store March 21 to celebrate Persian New Year.


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