hsycsoyg · 2021-09-08

Three vying for Rec Complex pro shop

If a contract for the pro shop in the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex goes to the best bid, a private hockey school has threatened to pull out of its ice time, New Tecumseth council heard Monday night.

A report from Parks, Recreation and Culture manager Joyce Epstein recommended the town rent the empty pro shop to George’s Arena Sports Limited, which is owned by Glenn Tilson. Epstein said Tilson is from Tottenham and has run a similar business in Bolton for about 10 years

Deputy Mayor Rick Milne asked Epstein if she was aware that the owners of C and C Sports, Clay Birkett and Chris Pilon who were also vying for the contract, rent ice at the complex for Basic Hockey Skills camps. Milne said if the contract doesn’t go to C and C Sports the town could lose $30,000 in ice time rentals from the school.

Epstein said George’s Arena Sports was chosen based on the pro shop application only. Regarding the potential loss of ice rental, she said she has also had inquiries from another private hockey school looking for ice time should Basic Hockey Skills pull out.

Hutchinson Sports previously occupied the pro shop space in the new arena from October 2007 until this past January. Epstein couldn’t comment on why Hutchinson Sports left the arena because it is a legal matter.

George’s Arena Sports was chosen as a replacement after each of the three applications was evaluated by Epstein, the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex co-ordinator, the senior buyer and a council member. George’s Arena Sports had the highest overall score.

The contract negotiated is for a four-year lease, with the owner paying $10,000 plus GST each year for the space.

Epstein hopes the pro shop will be open and operational as soon as possible. Improvements to the space are expected over June and July and the pro shop is expected to be fully operational for the start of the regular winter ice season in August.

A final vote will decide the issue this coming Monday.