Businesses on, near campuses struggle with lack of students

January 25, 2021

CBC reports that businesses that rely on students as customers are suffering due to fewer people being on and around campuses. Parminder Parhar, owner of Renaissance Coffee on Simon Fraser University’s campus, says that some days there are no customers for hours. Parhar explains that “We probably only do, best case scenario, five per cent of what we did before ... or even less.” The article explains that off-campus businesses that market to students have also been affected, with those like Rice Burger near the University of British Columbia having to pivot to using delivery apps and other strategies to bring customers in. “Our strategy was about 60 to 70 per cent university kids. We took a hit for sure,” said co-owner Jackson Uppal about last spring’s pandemic restrictions. CBC (BC)