We have all learned so much about ourselves, our families, and our communities as we struggle through the global pandemic together. For myself, while the future remains unclear, many other things have come sharply into focus. Along with many of you, my priorities have changed. I have reached a time in my life where I know that hard work needs to be balanced with restorative down time. As the owner of three busy stores, I have to say that this hasn’t always been the case – our three stores, 200km apart, have kept me on my toes. It is kind of like having kids, each of them with their own strengths and challenges, constantly needing attention: rewarding, but exhausting! It is time for me to make some changes.
With this newfound clarity, I have made the difficult decision to close our beloved Guelph store towards the end of September.
The past 20 years in Guelph have been filled with joy. We couldn’t ask for a warmer and more supportive client base. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. The friendships made over the years between our staff and customers made coming to work every day a pleasure. I have also had the privilege of working alongside some of my favourite people – true retail professionals who made Coriander Guelph a special place to be.
But it is not all sadness. It is just time to shake things up a little and move forward with a new vision. We are not going far - you will find everything you love about Coriander just a few hours up the road in the beautiful town of Collingwood. If you haven’t made the trip yet, trust me when I say you are going to love your visit – there is so much to do and see on the shores of Georgian Bay and we will be happy to be your travel concierges when you are in town.
Please be assured that all outstanding credit notes, Coriander gift certificates, and even Library Box rewards will be transferred to our Collingwood stores once Coriander Guelph closes its doors at the end of the month. Plus, we will be offering a little extra something to encourage our Guelph friends to make the trip up to visit -- just pop by Coriander Guelph this month to say goodbye and we will have a little gift for you (keeping it mysterious here). ;)
While our actual Guelph closing date is not yet firm (sometime before the end of September or when we have run out of things to sell), tomorrow we are launching a massive close-out sale as our last big hurrah! Everything has been priced to clear and there are huge deals to be had. We are also selling off all of our fixtures and fittings which means furniture and lots of treasures too. Come in anytime to grab a bit of Coriander Guelph memorabilia while you have the chance – hey, this is where it all began 20 years ago! -- and if you feel like bringing our crew a coffee, or perhaps a bottle of Prosecco, I am sure they would be most appreciative. ;)
And finally, a big virtual hug is coming your way -- thank you for supporting us for these past 20 years, and hopefully, for many more years to come.