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Food trucks head back to Gaglardi Square

April 14, 2016 1:15 P.M.

Gaglardi Square will be food truck central this summer as the City updates its program for the mobile kitchens.

A pilot program held in summer 2015 was well received by the public but the food and beverage sector downtown was not so pleased. More than half of restaurant operators said the program hurt their business.

Food truck operators requested earlier operating hours and to be located at Gaglardi Square, particularly on Saturdays for Kamloops Farmers Market.

New rules were announced Thursday as part of a call for expressions of interest in the May-October program.

Up to two food trucks may be permitted to operate simultaneously at the Seymour and Second Avenue location on weekdays, one truck on weekends.

Food trucks and trailer operators will be allowed to open up earlier as well, 9 a.m. weekdays and 7 p.m. on weekends.

The program is open to food trucks and food trailers where product is prepared inside the vehicle and dispensed externally. It does not include push carts, coffee wagons, or tow?behind vehicle concession trailers, such as hot dog stands.

The deadline for expressions of interest is April 29 and the program is expected start May 20.

Specific operating criteria for interested food vendors can be obtained by contacting the City's business licensing section at 250-828-3481, via email at blicensed@kamloops.ca or by visiting www.kamloops.ca.

Craig Richardson says:
April 23, 2016 08:15am

Exactly! These are such a cool, neat, novel idea... it would really bring some charm to an otherwise completely dead downtown. The only law I agree with being enforced is if they set up right in front of an established restaurant that pays high taxes on Victoria street... but as long as they are "off the beaten path" I say have 20 of them. We need more creative stuff like this.

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Renee says:
April 15, 2016 09:12am

It is a wonder that any business would ever want to set up in Kamloops. With all the restrictions and all the whining that goes along with it.

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