November 23, 2020 9:54 AM
WINNIPEG — A new online shopping platform is helping local small businesses survive COVID-19 restrictions as the holiday gift-buying rush approaches.
Winnipeg entrepreneur and former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan has recently launched GoodLocal.ca to help local retailers and makers compete with the big box retailers, which are still allowed to conduct in-person business.
Khan, the owner of Green Carrot Juice and Shawarma Khan, came up with the idea eight months ago as a result of the pandemic and the response from Manitobans has shown the website to be a valuable one-stop-shopping resource.
“It was back in April when we (Ali Esmail and I) were speaking and, we got started talking about local businesses and how this pandemic is going to cripple them (maybe even mine) so we started thinking of ideas about what we could do to help,” Khan told ChrisD.ca.
“These businesses must have tens of thousands of dollars in inventory sitting in their garage, basement, and stores that they can’t sell because of the restrictions. We thought, there has to be somewhere you can find local businesses, shop local, and get it delivered to you and there wasn’t so we created one. An online platform for local businesses to help them sell their products and we will deliver it. And from there, the idea has taken off and formed its own community of local shoppers and local vendors.” Read More >