Crime cripples business at local store

A rash of vandalism this year has Moore’s General Store owner Richard Moore wondering what he is supposed to do to stay afloat.

“It’s been eight months, I haven’t made a penny,” says Moore. “Now things are going on my credit card. What do the police say? ‘Well that’s just the cost of doing business in the city, now. There’s nothing we can do for you.”

Six incidents in the past eight months have plagued the outlet, located on the corner of St. George’s Ave and North Street. There’s been theft, graffiti, and vandalism.

“I don’t run on government money. There’s no government money here. I pay out of my own pocket, out of my pension. Who would have thought two years later this would be an everyday problem?”

In the most recent incident, someone heaved a rock through the window on the north side of the store. Moore says cost of replacing the currently boarded-up window will be $5,000

He says he called city police to report the smashed window at lunch time, this past Monday. He was told a car would be sent over straight away.

“It was my day off. I sat here in the dark and waited until six o’clock. No one showed up. Someone called the next morning, and asked me: ‘Did you call?’
“Yeah, yesterday, 24 hours ago.”
“Do you have video?”
“Well, without video we can’t help you.”

(Moore, with the help of a friend, had high-end security cams installed recently but the rock thrower was not caught on cam leading Moore to believe the stone was thrown from a passing vehicle. He told police he still had the rock and hadn’t touched it, suggesting they could come by and dust it for fingerprints. He said he was told police don’t do that.

Moore, 57, opened the neighbourhood grocery-convenience store in June, 2022, after successfully selling vegetables from his home.

Before opening the store, Moore served in the Canadian Navy. Injuries to his back and a foot led to an honourable discharge.

“I do this just to keep busy,” he says.
To avoid further issues with his back, Moore says he paces himself with daily operational tasks of his store. He’d like to hire some help for what he calls the “bulk work” but says the funds aren’t there.

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“We’re paying for a police department that doesn’t have any power anymore. I can count them, about 35 (police cars, fire trucks, ambulances) going by here, back and forth, every day. All this is, is the carousel, of the junkies, being taken up to the hospital. They don’t even go to jail. They get processed. A complete waste of resources right from the beginning. I see them driving up north street, heading back to
the station. They could’ve stopped in and at least taken a report.”

Watching shopping carts go by the store angers Moore. He says “theft is theft” and
says people with stolen carts should be stopped.

“It’s stolen property. Seven hundred dollars to a grocery store. We have to pay for that with inflated grocery prices. I see three or four everyday. Cops just keep on driving by. Theft is theft. I don’t care if its a chocolate bar or a dozen eggs, theft is theft. And if you don’t control it from the very beginning and you let it happen its a domino effect.”

Moore says there’s a bottom line in any business. With the added expenses repairing damage coupled with inherently thin profit margins, his future as a store owner is in serious jeopardy.

“If I don’t get sales up, I’m done,” says Moore. “How many independents are left? I can count them on my hand. It’s not because they couldn’t make it, it’s because of this problem.”


  • Ron Jokelainen

    Ron has returned to writing and reporting after 27 years with Ontario Lottery & Gaming. He began as a staff writer with OLG in 1994 before moving to Sports Marketing in 1997. He retired as a Senior sports analyst in 2021. Prior to OLG, Ron worked in radio and print journalism in the Sault and Simcoe. Folks may remember Ron "Williams" with CFYN-CHAS in the early 90s A graduate of Windsor's St. Clair College Journalism program, Ron lists drumming, gardening and walking among his favourite hobbies.

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5 thoughts on “Crime cripples business at local store

  1. Great world we live in smh …. police are like the keystone cops in this city … god forbid they come check out a broken window!!! Time for old fashioned vigilante justice with the scum around this city . Then again you have all the bleeding heart liberals crying for the poor souls !!! There was a time that if you did the crime you did the time !!!

  2. This is beyond ridiculous this man should call the new so called clueless ‘mayor’ and rattle his ivory tower (which citizens pay for) for allowing tens of millions to be squandered on the downtown area that is all but dead while travesties like this continue to go on every day.
    They’ve lost all touch with reality as far as the downtown is concerned. It’s been taken over by the criminal element pushing poison drugs, b&e crews, of course the ever growing number of addicts, prostitutes, people with extensive mental health issues, and the list goes on.
    It’s not safe to go out after dark any more, and even in the daylight hours you encounter some real messed up people almost anywhere you go in the downtown area.
    I saw a couple of people camped out buy the dumpster at Wendy’s the other day and then three more of them camped out by the boardwalk. They looked like they were right out of it, with garbage strewn all over the lawn. A police car drove by and didn’t even pay any attention.
    Things have to change drastically or our younger generation will all be moving away from this sinking ship.

  3. Multi million $ boondoggle on that downtown plaza. They have allowed the city to de-centralize and now they’re wasting money trying to bring it back. There isn’t a single high school left in the city core. They think lowering the speed limit on Queen is helpful…..(I completely avoid it now) You can’t MAKE people visit an inhospitable area…… it just doesn’t work that way. The plaza is disaster of concrete and asphalt, contributing to global warming. Our stop lights are completely uncoordinated so we waste fuel stopping and starting. There is ZERO vision at city hall. Just the same old, same old.
    Sorry for getting off topic Mr Moore but that location is very vulnerable but good luck to you. FYI many downtown businesses now have to buzz you in. And only limited #’s are allowed in at any one time. Just sayin’

    1. I agree with you about those traffic lights. You should not have to stop at almost every interesction when you proceed north on Great Northen road. I thought the city was buying new equipment that would help co-ordinate traffic to its volume. When? Mr Moore is in a very bad place and it is sad the police could not find time to at least investigate his plight.

  4. As soon as you say you are homeless the cops leave you alone you could be having sex on the streets or doing drugs or even stealing. COPS will not touch them individuals. This city is going to shits I have been saying it for quite some time now. If this is our new reality, it SUCKS.

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