Regina Food Bank facing possible closure following tenant dispute


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The organization normally giving a hand out is now the one asking for help. 

The Regina Food Bank is facing the possibility of relocating, possibly even shutting down, because of an increasing financial dispute with one of its tenants, Independents Choice Distributors (ICD). 

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“We’ve tried to treat them respectfully,” said Wayne Hellquist, CEO of the Regina Food Bank. 

“We’ve made special concessions to (the tenant), we’ve done everything we think we are obligated to do as a landlord.” 

In 2005, ICD donated the $1.4million property to the Food Bank, and stayed on as a renter. 

The company signed two difference leases for the property, and both businesses continued on as such. 

But the Food Bank says the financial disagreement started two years later, after ICD switched ownership to Pratts Wholesale Ltd. 

“Every month we receive some $8000 less than we’re invoicing (them) for their space at the Food Bank,” said Hellquist. 

“That accumulated loss is now over $500,000.” 

This has pushed the Food Bank’s budget into the red, as they’ve been making up for the difference. 

Hellquist says ICD has never given them a reason for short-falling the invoice.   

So, the Food Bank took legal action in 2009. 

Court documents show ICD maintains it has been consistently overcharged for utilities. 

Global News approached the wholesaler, but ICD company president Ed Holowaty declined to comment while the issue is in court. 

Until it’s resolved, other tenants including First Avenue Child Care, still worry about their future. 

“If we were ever asked to leave because the Food Bank couldn’t be here any longer,” said Director Tara Jors. 

“Then we would have to find another space.” 

The matter is next before the court October 15.   

There, Hellquist hopes they will be able to move towards a resolution, but says he isn’t interested in dealing with ICD as a tenant any longer. 

The Food Bank is also appealing to the community for continued support through this difficult time. 

  

  

 

 


The organization normally giving a hand out is now the one asking for help. 

The Regina Food Bank is facing the possibility of relocating, possibly even shutting down, because of an increasing financial dispute with one of its tenants, Independents Choice Distributors (ICD). 

Story continues below

HangZhou Night Net

“We’ve tried to treat them respectfully,” said Wayne Hellquist, CEO of the Regina Food Bank. 

“We’ve made special concessions to (the tenant), we’ve done everything we think we are obligated to do as a landlord.” 

In 2005, ICD donated the $1.4million property to the Food Bank, and stayed on as a renter. 

The company signed two difference leases for the property, and both businesses continued on as such. 

But the Food Bank says the financial disagreement started two years later, after ICD switched ownership to Pratts Wholesale Ltd. 

“Every month we receive some $8000 less than we’re invoicing (them) for their space at the Food Bank,” said Hellquist. 

“That accumulated loss is now over $500,000.” 

This has pushed the Food Bank’s budget into the red, as they’ve been making up for the difference. 

Hellquist says ICD has never given them a reason for short-falling the invoice.   

So, the Food Bank took legal action in 2009. 

Court documents show ICD maintains it has been consistently overcharged for utilities. 

Global News approached the wholesaler, but ICD company president Ed Holowaty declined to comment while the issue is in court. 

Until it’s resolved, other tenants including First Avenue Child Care, still worry about their future. 

“If we were ever asked to leave because the Food Bank couldn’t be here any longer,” said Director Tara Jors. 

“Then we would have to find another space.” 

The matter is next before the court October 15.   

There, Hellquist hopes they will be able to move towards a resolution, but says he isn’t interested in dealing with ICD as a tenant any longer. 

The Food Bank is also appealing to the community for continued support through this difficult time.