(Downtown Victoria / Jay Wallace)

The Downtown Victoria Business Association (DVBA) has extended its business delivery program, citing a hugely successful response.

“Downtown delivers,” offers free delivery from local retailers and restaurants with free delivery through local courier companies Maximum Express, NomadEx Bike Cargo, and Geazone, as well as food delivery company Tutti.

The program launched in December with support from the DVBA in response to the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on local businesses.

Since that launch, the DVBA says Downtown Delivers has covered over $70,000 in delivery costs for member businesses.

“The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic – especially the lack of summer tourists and the reduced numbers of office workers – are challenging for downtown businesses,” the DVBA said in a statement.

“By using local delivery companies to execute the deliveries, the money is injected directly into the local economy.”

Over 70 different businesses are currently participating in the program. Other DVBA members who haven’t registered yet can still sign up by emailing info@downtownvictoria.ca.

Delivery is offered throughout the Greater Victoria region, from Sooke to Sidney. Customers can arrange delivery directly through businesses that are signed up for the program.

More information on Downtown Delivers is available online at the DVBA website.

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