Compounding the frustration of city business owners was the short notice they received of the restriction which limited trucks to 75 per cent of their maximum freight.

"Am I annoyed? Of course I'm annoyed," said Yellowknife Co-Op general manager Ben Walker, who was notified of the restrictions on Wednesday, a day before it came into effect. "For the consumer, maybe nothing goes up. But our Co-op members will pay for this. It comes out of their pocket."

Walker said the Yellowknife Co-Op's freighting costs for groceries spiked by 34 per cent as a result of the restrictions because more trucks were needed to fulfill the store's supply needs.