What the Tech is Going On?

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SaultOnline has been informed that The Tech may have closed its doors for good, leaving the businesses inside in jeopardy and scrambling for somewhere to go.

 

The inspection notices above have been posted on the doors of the Tech for about two weeks now, but no one seems to be sure what exactly is going on, and the owners can’t be reached for comment.

The owners also purchased the Windsor Park but that too remains empty and unoccupied for several months.

The “Tech” was originally constructed in the early 1900’s where it served as Sault Technical and Commercial High School. In 1969 the name was changed to Lakeway Collegiate and Vocational School when programs were expanded. In 1987 the school became St. Mary’s College and occupied the space until 2015 when St. Mary’s merged with St. Basil Secondary School into a brand new building on Second Line east.

The former high school was purchased by a number of investors in August 2015 with plans on making it an educational and entertainment hub. A restaurant was built inside along with various other small businesses. Over the last few years The Tech became a popular venue for small entertainment shows and multi-use facility.

Today however the large centrally located building on Wellington Street East sits empty, businesses have moved out and the Windsor Park Hotel is in the same predicament.

Stay tuned to SaultOnline and ONNtv for updates as they become available.

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  1. I worked in Santinis for a year. It was a beautiful restaurant. We offered a $5.00 breakfast which included 2 eggs, 2 bacon, 2 sausage, toast, hash browns and coffee, tax included. Out of that $5.00, we paid out 3 servers, 2 cooks, a dishwasher, hostess, and a manager. When we tried to raise the price, people squawked. Consumers want a deal, they don’t care what the owner pays out. It’s no wonder payroll was difficult to meet. We ran at a loss from the days the doors opened. This school provided many in our community with full time jobs. Teachers, janitors, security, snow removal, maintenance, servers, cooks, dishwashers, accountants, chefs, bakers, secretaries etc. Our government should’ve offered assistance, seeing as it took so many people off welfare and U.I.C. That school could’ve been a huge success. It had so much to offer, from concerts, to weddings, restaurants, catering, a bakery, a fun farm, a school, a chiropractic office, E.M.T services,and the list goes on and on….Had the government worked along side with the investors, the Tech could’ve been highly successful. What a shame…

  2. People who got screwed out of pay can only launch a claim with board of labour. They still have to claim the money they didn’t get on their taxes. Government doesn’t care…they say you “may” get paid even when there’s no chance. Sounds like this guy went to to Hugh Irwin school of busines. He ran checker cab into the ground…Spent all the money or hid it and screwed all employees over. But he works for Canada Post so maybe this owner should just apply to work there too

  3. It’s very unfortunate, just watch the dragons den once or twice .. take a quick online marketing/brand development class and you’ll quickly see you have to gauge exspansion and growth very precisely. This is a case of growing to quick I would think. To many things being done at once. The tech also ran Santinis on the tour train in 2017 I believe. I worked on it and yes I can confirm my cheque did bounce. The overall operation was absolute garbage as well, many times they would not of made any money at all as they never sent a cash float to use and the train is cash only as it heads into the canyon for the day. Luckily I brought my own of approx $500 per day any less was not enough. They had the contract at the airport as well if anyone is not aware, I guess that didn’t work out either? And lastly I did remember hearing at the time I was employed by Santinis (the tech) that they bought the old PUC building downtown. Which has now been renovated and operates as a medical clinic? Anyways not to sure about that. Just what I recall of all this.. on another note the court yard in that place is one of the best spots in the city for summer night entertainment. The clean and press crew did a licensed party in there and me and some friends did the music .. there was also vendors. Hands down the best night in the Sault since I moved home 4 years ago.

  4. The owners have a big bill from the restraunt i been attending there for gates college in october and us students been asking for heat we had to put socks on our toilete seat just then we could use the bathroom its sad.

  5. I’m reading these posts and am shocked at the negativity and meanness of people!! You may find yourselves in a position like this one day and I’m sure you wouldn’t like people talking like this about you. No one knows the real story and I would say, give them credit for giving it a kick at the can to support themselves as well as trying something different for SSM. It is appalling and disgraceful to read your comments when really what have many have you done to better the Sault?? These people have lives, families, and a work history…please be careful not to destroy them or their families. Life is short, and whatever you claim to know, they aren’t terrible for giving it a go! I don’t know them, but I feel for them because it is hard in the Sault to try something new. Be kind. ❤️

    • Unless you actually worked in the building and dealt with owners and management.. don’t judge the judgements of those who have. I don’t feel sorry for them. This was a brilliant idea defeated by greed.

    • Actually, you claim not to know them, but you do, would you feel so much love if you were one of the employees that got boned for paycheques, how about the businesses in town that got ripped off, there was no honest or integrity involved in this endeavor, it’s you that knows nothing of this situation,so many people screwed over right from the start.

    • Actually, you claim not to know them, but you do, would you feel so much love if you were one of the employees that got boned for paycheques, how about the businesses in town that got ripped off, there was no honesty or integrity involved in this endeavor, it’s you that knows nothing of this situation,so many people screwed over right from the start. The intentions were never intended to be good, great concept, but wrong people trying to live big on other people’s hard earned money

    • would you feel so much love if you were one of the employees that got boned for paycheques, how about the businesses in town that got ripped off, there was no honesty or integrity involved in this endeavor, it’s you that knows nothing of this situation,so many people screwed over right from the start. The intentions were never intended to be good, great concept, but wrong people trying to live big on other people’s hard earned money

    • Hey yeah these scam artists have tried new things in the Sault and down south and it’s always the same thing where they have absolutely zero business sense and end up screwing all of their employees over after treating them like absolute garbage. The students from their basketball school mostly were pulled out by the end of the first year because they were not being fed properly, their accomodations were garbage, they started hiring teachers who had no idea what they were doing when the ones that did quit, and their parents got sick of them being treated like crap after paying 30 grand in tuition for one year. There was always promises promises promises about how they were going to get all this money and then when you gave up and left they’d just smack talk you to get sympathy from new staff. People who left who were still owed money got their ROE and all that money they weren’t paid was on there so they weren’t able to fight it. Some people were screwed out of over $10,000. But please tell me again how we should be more positive to scam artists who willfully destroyed livelihoods. You obviously know more than us, the people who worked for these monsters.

  6. Maybe if they had heat in the building this wouldn’t have happened! My boyfriend worked there for months, the fire department shut them down because of not having heat in the building!!

  7. Maybe if they payed Bill’s and money to people they owe and not screwed over so many peope who did work in there at one point perhaps they wouldn”t have this issue. He owes many money and a lot he dug himself a hole from the very start ! Sad really.

    • Do that’s why their phone doesn’t work and there’s been no notice of temporary closure? Don’t think renovations is where the truth lies.

      • Well i attend school there and that is what we were told! And as for the phones not working not sure why your not getting though because i have just last week!

  8. Ottawa has one of the world’s best mental-health programs to keep homeless people off the street, why not turn it into a massive rehabilitation center? This is an opportunity to do great things.

    • Cora Aelick agreed. Thankfully I never had that but they screwed the pastry chef over they laid me off dec .. year or so ago.. and a week before I had to get my tonsils out and at that point I already knew staff wasnt gettkng paid or cheques were bouncing.. they owed soo mill money and they even owe my uncle money for the stone work he has done there.

    • Cora Aelick not the case at all. I’m one of the employees who got screwed and I know many many more one even left a good full time job based on fake promises they made to her for her to be laid off a month or so later and not called back. They laid me off a week before I had my tonsils out and in the month of Christmas never got asked to come back. They screwed many over and dont pay there bills. I know many employees who had cheques bounce etc.

  9. I wonder if this some how coincides with the seemingly stoppage of events at The Yard which is owned by the same owners I think…sounds like some serious financial struggles for the owners

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