Highway 97 Closure Press Release

Penticton, British Columbia, February 14, 2019 – Penticton Wine Country Chamber Members have voiced their concern over the Highway 97 closure.

The Highway 97 Road closure between Summerland and Penticton has been costly to many Penticton Businesses.


The Chamber asked its members whether business has been affected by the Highway 97 closure and the answer was a resounding yes.

The closure has cost local businesses additional delivery costs, late arrivals of product, cancellation of orders and many angry customers. As well, it has resulted in staff shortages with so many employees travelling from West Kelowna, Kelowna and Peachland to work in Penticton.   One local member had to find temporary accommodations for 27 employees while another business closed their doors on a typically busy Saturday due to lack of staff.


“It’s important that we communicate with our membership on issues that they could be struggling with.”  Says Cary Schneiderat, PWCCC President.  “We need to understand their needs and concerns, and to ensure we stand together and support local business,” he continued.


The Penticton Chamber of Commerce recently launched the #PentictonFirst campaign to encourage membership and locals to support one another when the opportunity arises.


The Chamber works on behalf of local business and encourages its members to reach out to the Board of Directors when they have an issue that requires support.


For more information:

Cary Schneiderat, President

Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce


Kim Kirkham, Executive Director

Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce


The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce is a dynamic, trusted and respected business authority that drives economic and social growth and improvement on behalf of, and in support of our members and the community.