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Food truck regulations relaxed in Kamloops

FILE PHOTO: Long lines at the first Kamloops Food Truck Festival in June, 2016.
February 22, 2017 - 2:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - Food trucks will be allowed to cluster in downtown Kamloops soon.

Groups of food trucks will be allowed in the city's downtown this spring and summer. Last night, Feb. 21, city council voted to remove a restriction on how many food trucks are allowed on one piece of land and expanded the hours they'll be allowed to operate.

The decision will allow food trucks to park in certain areas, including on downtown streets and at the Kamloops tourism centre in Aberdeen.

With the removal of the restriction, it makes a food truck zone possible in the future.

Dino Bernardo, one of the owners of the Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge on Victoria Street and a board member of the Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, says overall it’s good news for the city’s downtown.

“I would hope that people would come downtown, hit the food trucks and then walk down to our retail shops and take care of their business downtown,” he says.

City staff told councillors that food trucks would not be allowed on Victoria Street. Additionally, there’s still a restriction on how close a food truck can be located to a pre-existing brick and mortar restaurant. Bernardo says adding food trucks to the city’s downtown core is good, but requires regulation.

“I like food trucks, I would like to go eat at a food truck,” he says. “But there has to be rules as to how they come in to the downtown.”

The amendments were passed by council unanimously and without debate.


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