Retail Opportunity

May 2, 2018 -- Bill Collette

Request for Proposal:


The Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce through its Visitor Center operations is offering space to operate a Gift Shop within our facility. The current Gift Shop is well-received by the general public most of whom are visitors to the area. We typically see more than 20000 people walk through the doors on an annual basis. The Gift Shop provides them with an opportunity that many do not expect upon arrival. Our current operator has elected to vacate the premises as of June 30, 2018 leaving us with an opportunity for someone else to explore.


We are looking for:


·         A stable business capable of maintaining an inventory level of at least $10,000.

·         A focus on items suitable for Visitors including locally branded products depicting the Alberni Valley and Port Alberni in particular

·         Product such as Post Cards, Coffee Mugs, Pop, Snacks, Camping supplies, games,  general gifts are all suitable to the environment

·         Seasonal items such as rubber boots, slippers, soft goods, hats, toques, all work well in the shop

·         A commitment to work with Chamber Staff to determine best practices for inventory evolution


The Chamber offers:


·         Affordable Lease based on a minimum one year and preferably two year plus commitment

·         No charge for building maintenance, hydro, heat etc.,

·         Access to our Board Room

·         Full kitchen

·         Parking at n/c

      Web page within the very active Chamber Website

·         Lovely Grounds maintained by the Chamber of Commerce

·         Staffing is offered by the Chamber of Commerce at n/c to the vendor though it is advised that the vendor supply staff at certain times of the year especially during the high volume months of June through September. This is not mandatory.

·         Costs to the vendor will include a monthly lease payable in advance

·         10% of Sales payable to the Chamber as partial offset to Chamber wages for support of the Gift Shop

·         Vendor to manage the costs of the Point of Sale System and Internet access for it


As the timing of this turnover is imminent we are asking that interested vendors apply in writing on or before Friday, May 11th to or via mail to: 2533 Port Alberni Highway, Port Alberni, BC, V9Y 8P2.


Applicants must confirm a move in date of July 1, 2018.