Trenton mayor upset about NSLC closure

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The Trenton NSLC is closing

TRENTON- The NSLC announcement last week that it is closing the doors of it’s Trenton store is an economic blow to the residents in the Town of Trenton, the mayor says.

“Obviously this is a huge disappointment to the residents of Trenton and Pictou County,” Mayor Glen MacKinnon said. “We have asked to meet with representatives from the provincial government to find ways to an alternate solution that will benefit both the Nova Scotia Liquor Commission and the residents of this town.“

For the past six years, he said the town has worked through major economic issues and have managed to revitalize the Main Street and allow the NSLC to make a profit year after year.

He said the town had consulted the store as part of their Main Street revitalizations but had been given no notice that the store was closing and no chance to offer solutions.

“There are business reason’s why that wasn’t done, but that doesn’t bode well with the people of Trenton,” MacKinnon said.

He said there's a sense in the community that the business should do what's right for the community.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Liquor Commission

Geographic location: Trenton, Pictou County

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  • observer
    February 20, 2013 - 08:04

    I recall the days when the Town of Trenton boasted six gas/ service stations operating there, six barber shops, four grocery stores, two outdoor rinks,no indoor rink, no Trenton Park. Duffy's, three or four diners/restaurants, Aluminum door and window outlet, one general store, a bank, 3 or four taxi stands, a credit union, shoemaker, Merchants Photos, 4 functioning churches and Temperance Hall, 5 schools, two sporting goods outlets, oil tankers in the East River, the remnants of the former glass works, Tibets paints, and a number of Convenience stores. and no liquor store but numerous boot-leggers. In those days, the Trenton Works facility was operating and kept afloat with Government orders for rail cars for CNR and CPR. For the benefits of those who may need a reminder, the gas outlets were: Bessie Hortons (Norh Main street) Bob Cullens ( Main and Duke Streets) Gib Lumsdens(Main Street) Jack Hoskins(Main Street) Rannie Maceacherns(Main Street Edgar MacKeans( High Street) Grocery stores were: Sobeys(Main Street) Mortons( Main Street) Al Cameron's(Duke Street) Ivan Fleet's (High Street) Cliff Crouse Barbers were: Fraser Boyle Snipper Strickland Freddy Humphries Hughsie Cameron John Colquhoun(Coonie) Dave Connors and one at the foot of Duke Street Snipper(Annie) and Coonie(Anne Ryan) also had diner/restaurants. others were Gracie's, Peter Thompson's Cliff & Kay Crouse. Covenience stores were operated by: Peter Thompson Dave Connors George and Frances Munsie Roddy MacKenzie Dolly Cameron Nick Cornish Nan MacKean |The Hingley's Bob Marsh Taxis were: Doc's taxi Bill's Taxi Stones taxi Gunners taxi Other businesses I may have overlooked.

  • Dr. Thomas
    February 04, 2013 - 20:19

    I truly understand all your comments, and concerns with the Town of Trenton, however has any of you ever ran a Town? Have you ever owned your own business? There seems to be a lot of mindless rants about how bad things are, yet no one has any solutions as what we can do to improve our Town. I am not a huge supporter of the Mayor, however the mayor could have been anyone, and things would have worked out the same. I don't have a solution to Trenton's growing economic issues, and I have never be in charge of a Town. But I know that sometimes things happen that are out of our control, and for reasons we can't comprehend. Being Negative, and blaming people isn't going to solve anything. Trenton's Mayor won his election by Acclimation. Which in layman's terms means, no one cared enough to step up, face the towns issues, and steer the horse in the right direction. So if you'd like to be negative, that's your right, but just realize that you are just as much of the problem, than anyone else. It does puzzle me why the mayor hasn't spoke in defense of Nova Forge? But this is something that could be brought up at the next Town meeting, that is also open for Public attendance!

  • scott
    February 02, 2013 - 08:26

    guess the only one not seeing trenton is a dead dog is the mayor. The nslc is the least of your worries.

  • John
    February 01, 2013 - 08:30

    I can't believe the tax rate in Trenton is 6%. no wonder the town id dying.

  • Former Trenton Resident
    January 31, 2013 - 15:19

    Trenton is a dying town. I question the decision making over the past few years. The "beautification" that was done in the town was a complete waste of money. Instead of trying to make Trenton look like Vegas with all the colored lights and and giant rusty objects, how about fixing the pavement on main street. They covered in the parking lot and put in protruding curbs, that make an already busy road more dangerous. I do like what was done infront of the town hall but like a previous comment already said Trenton is soon going to be ran out of NG anyway, therefore making it a waste of money as well. The Needs store and building itself is in need of a facelift as the mayor, Glen why don't you see about getting a gas bar put in the town. There's all kinds of free space these days. The NSLC is just another blow in an already sinking ship. It's a shame

  • red red whine
    January 31, 2013 - 07:27

    Gee I guess Daewoo must not be running to the Trenton NSLC to buy cases of champagne for all the sales of wind turbines .

  • roddythepipper
    January 30, 2013 - 05:33

    Well lets faces fact folks this area and the province in General is dying. The Main street Streetscaping work is a sure sign of that. Anyone who has never seen the Michael Moore movie "roger and me" should take a look at it. Moore details how the Politicians in feel good ribbon cutting , at the taxpayers expense in Flint Michigan , opened grand revivalization schemes while General Motors closed down the biggest employer in town while the jobs were shipped to Mexico. Sound familiar ? I see Pat Dunn has been nominated for the tories to run for Pictou Centre in the upcoming election. Don't look for Dunn , Landry or a Liberal Candidate to revise our downward spiral because there is nothing they can indeed do. All they can do is sit in Province House doing time til they get a Golden Parachute Pension that none of us can afford. I am voting this election and my choice will be to stop Landry or Dunn from getting that time to have that Pension that they indeed don't deserve.

  • wayne
    January 29, 2013 - 07:53

    as i have maintained ,where is the federal represenitive when all this plight is happening to the town of trenton.Election time tons of promises , nothing done, .for many years the same family has done well to be elected mp ,s in ottawa.but nothing solid for pictou county only closeures , we need help in this county not verbal diareaha, . its time to make a change , to get someonewith guts , if there is anyone left to do the job to get jobs for trenton and the surrounding areas .sobeys arnt doing that much for trenton they got a great airport for nexzt to nothing..think about it.

  • Disgusted
    January 26, 2013 - 07:36

    Well shutting down the NSLC in Trenton isn't the end....YET, it is what they now call the Ghost Town, well maybe it's time to shut down the Town Office and load it up to new Glasgow, there isn't going to be much more then that left here, as for a Mayor lol, I think New Glasgow can aslo handle those duties right? there does not seem to be much of a fight trying to keep things going in Trenton, it's just not happening for the Towns people, we are taxed to death and yet many of the Trentonians have left to make a life else where, why? because the only ones with control are helpless and useless, so maybe it's time for the Towns people to get together and get someone with a back bone, time to get out with the old and in with the new and shed some light on the future of the Town of Trenton, time for New Council...LETS do it right Trenton!

  • taxpayer
    January 25, 2013 - 15:45

    johnny smoke you forgot there is no bank in trenton no more next it be the post office.. least westville is growing 2 banks a grocery store resturants and other stores way a head of trenton one time trenton had just about every thing look at it now jus about a ghost townt

  • Nova Forge employee
    January 24, 2013 - 10:24

    WOw , well Glen , why were you not so upset when 30 to 40 men are losing thier job,s at Nova Forge , you had nothing to say for that , well just think , No NSLC , no Nova Forge , police are gone to NG , alot of families moving out west ,people moving losing thier homes less tax money for Treton , We think you better start standing up for your town , just because the votes were good this time around , not sure if it will work out that way next time , at least could you let the men know at the forge why you didnt stand by them , and we also feel for those losing thier job,s at NSLC.

  • In the know
    January 23, 2013 - 13:34

    The problem with Trenton is quite simple. It's business tax rate is outrageous. Close to 6%. Probably the highest in the province. Every other town in the county has several businesses with the exception of Trenton. Why? Taxes, taxes, taxes.

  • ed
    January 23, 2013 - 12:06

    why wasen,t our mayor this outraged when they announced the closure of nova forge.its sad that nslc is closing but there are 30 plus jobs are gone in trenton gone too so sad.

  • JJMacKay
    January 23, 2013 - 11:27

    I agree with J.Smoke's comment. No grocery stores & No gas stations is a much bigger problem then no liquor store!

  • Hugh Mc Crone
    January 23, 2013 - 10:57

    Too bad you don't have a Sobey's store, they have a monopoly now.

  • Johnny smoke
    January 23, 2013 - 09:38

    Good boy Glen, I can feel your pain. But tell me now, when there are no grocery stores, when there are no gas outlets, when there are no big box stores, what would be the harm if one picked up their poison while they pick up other necessities? Just because it is a government monopoly that does not mean that it can just exist for the benefit of a few. We already are awash in public service employees, or haven't you noticed the need to increase every tax, every fee, every deposit in order to keep the needy public service at the top of the wage and benefit heap?