Letter: Chain coffee shop at the beach “a slap in the face”

Just when we thought we had heard the last of the Tuggs/Boardwalk Cafe scandal, it’s back again.

This time the Foulidis family a.k.a. Tuggs Inc., which was given a 20-year lease on the restaurant without any other bidders, is opening their own Tim Hortons franchise in the same building.

They were awarded their lease, without tender and clouded in secrecy, on the premise that they are a mom and pop operation and would ensure no big franchises would monopolize the beach area.

Not only is this arrogance, it’s just plain wrong. Businesses on Queen Street are struggling and this surely will not make matters easier for them.

This is a slap in the face for the city and an embarrassment for residents of the Beach. The city is being taken advantage of here.  When will someone step in and say enough is enough?

Let’s get to the bottom of this controversy once and for all and have some transparency.

Gord Holtam

Elmer Avenue

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