Dundas’s Eccles Auto hopes to help local businesses survive COVID-19's economic impact

News Apr 01, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Scott Eccles, owner of long-established Dundas business Eccles Auto, hopes to help other local businesses survive COVID-19 by buying gift cards from them, and distributing them to his own customers.

“We’re lucky enough to be open,” Eccles said. “Locally, a lot of businesses are hurting from the closures and lack of business. Some are open, some are doing some sort of business, and some unfortunately, can’t do any business.”

He’ll encourage his customers to support other Dundas businesses and spend their money in the community now or when they reopen. Eccles said some restaurants provide curbside pickup, other businesses rely on online sales — but customers may not know.

“There are options in the community,” Eccles said. “I’m trying to remind people of that. I think it’s a win-win for everyone.”

He pointed out the repair shop added safety procedures like outdoor check-in and physical distancing at the 121 King St. W. garage, which slows things down a bit. They’re seeing 20 or 25 customers a day, instead of about 40, but as an essential service Eccles is able to stay open and relatively busy — unlike many other downtown Dundas businesses.

He expects to buy about $800-worth of gift cards and hand them out randomly to his customers, while educating them on services and products that are still available in the Valley Town — perhaps in slightly different forms than usual.

 

Dundas’s Eccles Auto hopes to help local businesses survive COVID-19's economic impact

Owner intends to buy gift cards from other businesses and give them to clients

News Apr 01, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Scott Eccles, owner of long-established Dundas business Eccles Auto, hopes to help other local businesses survive COVID-19 by buying gift cards from them, and distributing them to his own customers.

“We’re lucky enough to be open,” Eccles said. “Locally, a lot of businesses are hurting from the closures and lack of business. Some are open, some are doing some sort of business, and some unfortunately, can’t do any business.”

He’ll encourage his customers to support other Dundas businesses and spend their money in the community now or when they reopen. Eccles said some restaurants provide curbside pickup, other businesses rely on online sales — but customers may not know.

“There are options in the community,” Eccles said. “I’m trying to remind people of that. I think it’s a win-win for everyone.”

He pointed out the repair shop added safety procedures like outdoor check-in and physical distancing at the 121 King St. W. garage, which slows things down a bit. They’re seeing 20 or 25 customers a day, instead of about 40, but as an essential service Eccles is able to stay open and relatively busy — unlike many other downtown Dundas businesses.

He expects to buy about $800-worth of gift cards and hand them out randomly to his customers, while educating them on services and products that are still available in the Valley Town — perhaps in slightly different forms than usual.

 

Dundas’s Eccles Auto hopes to help local businesses survive COVID-19's economic impact

Owner intends to buy gift cards from other businesses and give them to clients

News Apr 01, 2020 by Craig Campbell Dundas Star News

Scott Eccles, owner of long-established Dundas business Eccles Auto, hopes to help other local businesses survive COVID-19 by buying gift cards from them, and distributing them to his own customers.

“We’re lucky enough to be open,” Eccles said. “Locally, a lot of businesses are hurting from the closures and lack of business. Some are open, some are doing some sort of business, and some unfortunately, can’t do any business.”

He’ll encourage his customers to support other Dundas businesses and spend their money in the community now or when they reopen. Eccles said some restaurants provide curbside pickup, other businesses rely on online sales — but customers may not know.

“There are options in the community,” Eccles said. “I’m trying to remind people of that. I think it’s a win-win for everyone.”

He pointed out the repair shop added safety procedures like outdoor check-in and physical distancing at the 121 King St. W. garage, which slows things down a bit. They’re seeing 20 or 25 customers a day, instead of about 40, but as an essential service Eccles is able to stay open and relatively busy — unlike many other downtown Dundas businesses.

He expects to buy about $800-worth of gift cards and hand them out randomly to his customers, while educating them on services and products that are still available in the Valley Town — perhaps in slightly different forms than usual.