Four well-known businesses housed at 56 King Street North in Uptown Waterloo are closed indefinitely, after a roof truss snapped and caused damage to the building.
McMullan’s on King, Loop Clothing, Night School and The Thief and The Idiot all operated inside the century-old structure, with about 50 employees in total.
Chuck McMullan, the owner of McMullan’s on King, said the property owner and insurance company determined the damage was caused by the intense storm that hit Waterloo Region in July.
He said they decided it was unsafe to continue using the building in its current state. McMullan added that calls to the city for guidance have gone unanswered.
"I’m a little disappointed," said McMullan. "As a downtown merchant I want to certainly comply with whatever they request. For this to be occurring and for them not being involved seems a bit of a surprise."
'Not having a retail store open has been detrimental to our bottom line.' —Alnoor Keshvani, Owner of Loop Clothing
Alnoor Keshvani, who owns Loop Clothing, says he and his fellow tenants are now waiting for an engineering report from the insurance company to see whether the building can be repaired.
Keshvani says he’s worried how long he will have to stay closed, since the back-to-school season is a busy time for his business.
"Not having a retail store open has been detrimental to our bottom line," said Keshvani. "We’ve got bills to pay and staff to pay."
He added that he will move the business to another location if the repair takes six to eight months to finish.