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Friday, September 30, 2022
Newark Neighbours still searching for new home
Newark Neighbours Food Bank and Thrift Shop.
Newark Neighbours Food Bank and Thrift Shop. Somer Slobodian

Newark Neighbours’ nearly year-long search for a new home has yet to turn up a suitable location.

The thrift store and food bank on John Street East, near Peller Estates Winery, has seriously outgrown its location – and within 12 to 18 months Peller will need the land for the planned redevelopment of its Riverbend Winery property.

“Our preferred option would be to find a piece of land, serviced ideally, but if not, we’ll get it serviced, that we could put a prefab modular building on,” said Newark Neighbours board chair Cindy Grant.

The agency would like to lease one-quarter to one-third of an acre that is “relatively centrally located and easily accessible.”

Newark hopes to be able to put up a building that’s about 2,000 to 2,500 square feet in area.

“We’re just trying to spread the word and ask people if they have any ideas about a building or some alternative location that we could use,” she said.

So far, the organization has struck out, despite some proposals that came forward, she said.

Peller has been “exceptionally generous and terrific to work with,” Grant said.

And the winery’s impending need for the land on which Newark Neighbours now sits “has really been a blessing in disguise.”

“We are out of space. Our building is 30 years old and it’s showing its age. We just need to find a new location that better suits our needs,” she said.

Anyone who can help can contact Grant by email at or by phone at 905-468-3519.