Canac puts staff first, keeps doors open

QUEBEC CITY ― Canac stores are operating at reduced hours but President Jean Laberge is seeking to avoid closures for the time being, Le Journal de Québec reports. “For the moment, I don’t want to close my outlets,” said Laberge. “I don’t want to put nearly 4,000 people on unemployment.” The executive acknowledged that store traffic has slowed amid the COVID-19 crisis and that he is managing the situation on a day-to-day basis. Still, he said, both the safety and the financial security of Canac’s employees remain his top concern. In the meantime, Canac stores are limiting the number of customers admitted at a time and sticking to debit and credit payments.