Fijian PM visit heralds trade mission

August. 12, 2015 7:00 am
Surrey Board of Trade hosted dignitaries from Fiji Friday, before announcing a trade mission to the island nation.

Rear Admiral (Rtd.) Josaia V. Bainimarama was guest and keynote speaker of a luncheon with the Surrey Board of Trade at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel.

Later Friday afternoon – accompanied by an extensive entourage of aides and security personnel – he took the opportunity to visit Peace Arch Park and the Canada-U.S. border.

With entourage and media in tow, Bainimarama walked from the Peace Arch Duty Free store to the Peace Arch, marveling both at the fact he could walk through the park – which covers both U.S. and Canadian soil – freely and without his passport, and at the growing lineup of cars waiting in each direction.

 

Peace Arch Duty Free Shop reopens with ‘skeleton staff’

August 16, 2021 1:00 pm
Store has lost about $2 million due to 17-month closure, says president Peter Raju

After being closed for nearly a year and a half, the Peace Arch Duty Free Shop has reopened.

The business, located at the Peace Arch (Douglas) border crossing, originally closed in March 2020 when the Canada/U.S. border closed to non-essential traffic at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and reopened Aug. 12 when Canada began allowing U.S visitors to come north once again.

In a recently released news release, Peace Arch Duty Free Shop president Peter Raju said they are excited to welcome U.S. customers, but are currently operating with a “skeleton staff” while taking a wait-and-see approach to staffing levels as they await news about when Canadians can cross into the States – a move that would increase traffic to the business.

 

Peace Arch Duty Free owners help raise $540K for children’s diabetes program

September 1, 2021 4:00 pm

A fundraiser hosted last Thursday (Aug. 26) by Peace Arch Duty Free Shop president Peter Raju and his family raised more than $540,000 towards BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s efforts to “transform diabetes care for children across the province.”

The event, held at the Rajus’ Richmond home, was “an intimate outdoor gathering, reflecting the theme ‘It takes a village,’” a news release issued Wednesday (Sept. 1) by the BCCHF states, describing invited guests as “a community of influential business leaders who shared their commitment to the children of B.C."

In a recently released news release, Peace Arch Duty Free Shop president Peter Raju said they are excited to welcome U.S. customers, but are currently operating with a “skeleton staff” while taking a wait-and-see approach to staffing levels as they await news about when Canadians can cross into the States – a move that would increase traffic to the business.

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