The popular Fox and Hounds Pub on Milton Street will be moving to Ladysmith early next summer.
Jane Ivens, who owns the pub along with her husband Trevor, said the family intends to open the Pig and Whistle at the Milton Street location once the Fox and Hound heads south, and it will feature English-inspired bistro food.
The move will see the Ivens own four pubs in the mid-Island, including the Fox and Hound, Pig and Whistle, Fibber Magee's located in the renovated train station on Wesley Street and Parksville's Black Goose Inn.
The Ivens family has known nothing but success since immigrating to the city from England six years ago as business immigrants under the B.C. Provincial Nominee Program.
The program provides accelerated permanent resident status to qualified workers and entrepreneurs based on labour market and development priorities.
"I expect the re-opening of the Fox and Hound in Ladysmith next year will be our last acquisition," Jane Ivens said.
"Things have gone well for us since we came here. We like the area and we don't intend to move anywhere else anytime soon."
The city's Island Natural Market will celebrate the rights of mid-Island residents "to know" during October.
Island Natural, in business on Metral Drive for more than 20 years, is a part of Canada's largest network of independent health food stores.
This month, the store will be one of more than 1,500 grocery retailers across North America participating in the fourthannual Non-GMO month, a celebration of people's right to choose food and products that don't contain genetically modified organisms.
Studies show near universal support for GMO labelling and 2013 has seen a groundswell in the "right to know" movement, according to Rhonda Lambert, one of the owners of the Nanaimo store.
She said that during October, staff at Island Natural Market will help shoppers identify non-GMO project-verified choices with special shelf tags, end-cap displays, educational materials and a chance to win a gift basket full of non-GMO products.
"With GMOs now contaminating as much as 80 per cent of conventional packaged foods, we are more committed than ever to helping people find safe and healthy non-GMO choices," said Lambert.
"We believe people have a right to know what's in their food."
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its annual Business Achievement Awards to Feb. 21.
Kim Smythe, the chamber's CEO, said the rescheduling is intended to help ensure the event builds on the success of last year's awards and continue the tradition of "an exciting evening with all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars.
Smythe said the rescheduling also allows the chamber to extend the deadline for nominating individuals or businesses to Nov. 1.
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