The Hub has been a fixture of downtown Almonte since 1974.
During that time the proceeds from selling used clothing, housewares, toys, books and jewellery have exceeded $600,000 and, this money has been funneled right back into the community in the form of grants to both organizations and individuals in Mississippi Mills. The store is part of the downtown landscape and volunteers, staff and customers alike have become very attached not only to the Hub, but to the building it is housed in. For the last 43 years, the store has been run by an increasingly large number of volunteers.
The current Hub building was built in 1919 by the then Ottawa Valley Amusement Company, and later was converted to the Royal Bank. The Hub purchased the building for a nominal fee and has enjoyed 19 years serving the community from this location. However, over the last few years, the Board of Directors have been reminded that many of the building elements have reached the end of their life cycle and major investments are required.
At the AGM meeting held on June 26, 2017, the Board of Directors outlined the findings from a recent study that had been conducted on the building and reviewed with the membership the impact on its operation. The membership overwhelmingly voted to have the Hub temporarily relocate to another location until a long-term plan is in place.
This is not the first time that the Hub has had to move, but as with any move it is always a tough decision. Everyone recognizes the current building as being the Hub. Many hours of effort have been given by many people to make the Hub what it is today, a vibrant location that serves the community well. The community has helped us recognize the fact that, it’s not all about bricks and mortar, but the true value of the Hub is it’s people and the service they provide to the community.
After a long search, in which we looked, we pondered, and we then took a deep breath – we took the plunge.
We are happy to announce that we have agreed to a lease at Unit 1, 14 Industrial Avenue, Almonte, with the aim of relocating by October 31, 2017.
The new space is the previous Divine Consign space and, most importantly, it is in the same mall location as our current Rebound Store.
This temporary move is a big change for volunteers, staff, and our local shoppers. It is not easy for any of us, but it is unavoidable. We call on our customers and our Mississippi Mills community to support us in this temporary move. With your support, we can continue to give the kind of service we have given for 43 years and provide financial support to organizations and individuals in this area. Additional information will be released as planning on the move progresses.
President, Almonte Community Coordinators