One week after finding itself in the unusual position of having to caution of the danger of temporary fuel outages at its Brandon gas stations, Heritage Co-op has shared today that local fuel supply is slowly returning to normal amidst the challenging conditions of recent days that at one point led to a brief fuel outage at stations in the city.
A notice had been shared last Thursday evening of the potential for an outage as a result of the effect on fuel deliveries by a labour disruption at the Saskatchewan-based Co-op Refinery Complex. Over the weekend Brandon stations temporarily ran out of fuel, forcing pump closures for a brief period of time with convenience stores and car washes remaining operational while limited amounts of fuel came in. By Tuesday new fuel deliveries allowed for the full re-opening of pumps which have since been fully operational with inventory continuing to be replenished since that time.
In connection with the shortage, purchase restrictions had been put in place at area Co-Op Cardlock locations. Those restrictions had been lifted on Wednesday.
Meanwhile hope for progress in the underlying labour dispute came on Wednesday when the Saskatchewan government announced the appointment of a special mediator in negotiations between Unifor Local 594 and Co-operative Refineries Ltd.
It’s that development that has Heritage Co-op General Manager Lorne Zacharias hopeful for no further supply problems should the parties continue on the present path.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience and support, and have hope that we can continue to provide great service to our member customers” said Zacharias in a Thursday afternoon statement.
Heritage Co-op serves more than 26,500 members in the communities of Brandon, Minnedosa, Wawanesa, Erickson, Sandy Lake, Strathclair and Rivers. Within Brandon it maintains gas bars at locations on Richmond Avenue, 6th Street and 18th Street as well as card lock sites on 6th Street, Richmond Ave East and North of Hwy 1 & 10.