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Business steady in the City of Merritt.

56 new businesses have began operations within the city so far in 2017, bringing the total number of businesses currently licensed by the City of Merritt to 611.

Manager of Economic Development Will George happy to see numbers stay consistent, despite of number of businesses either leaving, or closing shop.

"There are businesses that are relocating out of the community, some that are retiring, some that are transitioning out of businesses, and there are new businesses that are replacing those. I think it's a good thing that we're not decreasing, and that there are others that when a business decides when it's time to transition out or retire, there's another one that can come in and take their spot."

More than 100 of the businesses were surveyed earlier this year during the Business Walk, with 89% of businesses reporting they were doing steady or above.

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