The Lac Simon Gas Station is Now in Operation
The Anicinabe Gasini gas station of Lac Simon is in operation since January 21 2020. However, its official opening will only take place on February 13 2020. This project was made possible thanks to the hard work of the elected officials of the Anishnabe community and the Director of the Corporation de développement économique Wabak Pimadizi, Mr. William Cheezo.
The gas station, which is located at the corner of Boulevard Cicip and route 117 (which crosses the La Vérendrye Wildlife sanctuary), enjoys a prime location. In fact, it’s the first gas station that travelers come across when they arrive from the south, the closest one being at approximately one hundred kilometers from Lac Simon.
This project, which has been on the table since 2013, became a reality as a result of the land designation process, which made it possible to designate 30 hectares of land. A large portion of these lands is set aside for the implementation of economic development projects, including the gas station which is considered as one of the major projects. The station operates under the banner of Petro-Canada, has eight pumps and a convenience store offering a full range of services which will accommodate the needs of both the passersby and the community members who previously had to travel to Louvicourt to fill up their vehicle.
It is expected that in the next few years, service offerings should be enhanced. The first additional service expected to materialize is the opening of a fast-food style restaurant. As a matter of fact, Mr. Cheezo is now working towards moving this issue forward, and a few restaurant chains have already been contacted to look at different opportunities. The community would also like to build a hotel-motel that would accommodate and house people who are passing by or tourists who are visiting the region.
The opening of the gas station managed to create 10 jobs for the members of the community and this number is expected to rise to 15 by 2021.
We extend our warmest congratulations to Mr. Cheezo for the achievement of this project which is very promising for the economic development of Lac Simon!
Interview of William Cheezo given to Radio-Canada during the pre-opening of the new Lac-Simon community gas station, which took place last January.
Further information on the “Corporation de développement économique Wabak Pimadizi” can be found on its Web page.
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