CAMPBELL’S BAY – The closure of the Laurentian Bank branch in Campbell’s Bay is not the only bad economic news for this municipality, sometimes referred to as the capital of the Pontiac. If no potential buyer is found, residents will also face the closure of the Marché Ami grocery store owned by Robert and Raymond Larivière.
For some time, the Larivière brothers have said that the company would close its doors if a buyer wasn’t found. For nearly a year now, the building and the business have been for sale; the asking price for the entire building, which includes the legal aid service on the second floor, is $269,000 and $89,000 for the grocery store alone.
The grocery store, which has been in operation for about 35 years and employs 15 people, has always been under the ownership of the Larivière family. Co-owner Robert Larivière, who has worked at the store for nearly 28 years, explained the financial difficulties faced by the company due to changes in the consumption habits of the population and the arrival of new competitors in the grocery field.
The closure could take place by the end of 2016 unless a buyer expresses interest.