Businesses moving in Scott Street shuffle

In a chain-reaction, a number of businesses along Scott Street have re-located.
Three local businesses moving this month are just the latest to shuffle in search of more space and a better location.
Wilson’s office supplies has been the latest store to shift to a new location, moving from its spot beside the Fort Frances Museum to the former Sears store at 448 Scott St., across from Safeway.
“Basically we want to have a bigger store with more room for customers to move around,” noted Wilson’s manager Brian Beers. “We just wanted a little more space.”
Taking over Wilson’s old location at 261 Scott St. will be Mary’s Little Lambs who will be moving their line of infants clothing there August 27.
They will re-open at the new location August 28 along with Mandy’s, a new store, which will run separately in the back of Mary’s Little Lambs, selling clothing for older children who wear sizes seven to 16.
“Mandy’s is a new part of the store decorated with disco balls and funky stuff for older children,” explained Mary’s Little Lamb owner Mary Calder.
“I need more room,” added Calder who noted her office is at home and her garage is full of supplies making life hectic at the old location.
Meanwhile Ocean’s Pet Supplies, which opened on Portage Avenue earlier this year, will also be relocating to the old location of A Buck or Two at 225 Scott St.
“It’s a bigger location,” said owner James Brown. “It’s humongous in here with more room for more stuff . . . newer pet items, and more reptiles.”
Brown added he hopes to re-open at the new location before Sept. 1.
Earlier this year, A Buck or Two, seeking more space, moved in to the former Pharmasave building at 209 Scott St. while Pharmasave took over The Red Apple Clearance Centre’s storefront at 140 Scott St. after the Red Apple went out of business.
“More room, that’s what I think everybody’s going for right now,” said Beers.
Meanwhile, a new health food store, Northern Nutrition, will be open to customers tomorrow.
The store, owned by Harry and Marlene Maxton who have moved to Fort Frances from Thunder Bay, will offer a variety of items to suit the needs of local consumers.
“What we’re trying to do is get what the community wants, we don’t have a lot in stock we want them to come in and tell us what they want,” explained Harry Maxton.