Trenton NSLC store closing

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The Trenton NSLC is closing

The Trenton Nova Scotia Liquor Coporation store is going to close permanently.

The last day the store will be open for sales is Jan. 26 although signs on the door say Jan. 27, which is a Sunday.

Terri Mosher, external commuications manager for the NSLC said there are multiple reasons why the store is closing. Primarily it’s financial though.

“Since about 2007 sales have declined about 26 per cent,” she said.

Sales in the fiscal year ending March 2007 at the store were $2.1 million, but for the fiscal year that ended March 2012, they had dropped to $1.6 million. Some years in between had dropped as low as 1.4 million, Mosher said.

The building that has housed the store since 1958 also is in need of significant renovations.

The store manager also retired in October, which made it a good time to close.

None of the four or five employees who work there will lose their jobs. Instead they’ll be transferred to other locations in town.

There are five other liquor store locations within 15 kilometres of Trenton where customers will be able to go to instead.

The building itself was owned by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation and once vacated will become a surplus. Any other government agency that has an interest in it will have the first opportunity to move into it. If there’s no need for it on any government level though it will be sold, Mosher said.

Until then the NSLC will continue to pay taxes on it.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, Trenton Nova Scotia Liquor Coporation

Geographic location: Trenton

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  • The problem
    January 17, 2013 - 17:05

    The reason Trenton has no businesses moving in is quite simple: the business tax rate in Trenton is outrageous. Last time I checked it was close to 6%. I'd love to open a small business in Trenton, but the taxes would kill me my first year.

  • flib
    January 17, 2013 - 09:40

    just got my new property assessment in the mail, went up again, more taxes, for what??? With business and industry all but gone you figured they would go down!!!!

  • Marsha
    January 17, 2013 - 06:27

    What are we paying all the taxes for !!!! Nothing that's what !!!! We pay $ 4200 a year and for what ....... Something's got to change and soon don't you think !!!

  • kristy dooley
    January 17, 2013 - 05:56

    i am saddened to loose yet another business in our town. We basically have nothing left anymore. No wonder our young people just keep picking up and moving away. There is nothing left here anymore. I just do not understand why businesses can not survive in our town. sad so very very sad.

  • William
    January 16, 2013 - 19:11

    This is very sad news, especially for the Town of Trenton. I worked at this store some while I was a casual employee, attending university and living home in Pictou County for summers and Christmas'. Good memories; I am sad to see this store go...

  • Just sayin
    January 16, 2013 - 17:21

    The rink does quite well and how about the new nurseing home (Ivey's Terrace) the ccas r always working short and the older staff all want to go back to Pictou which means good jobs r available in Trenton

  • woman
    January 16, 2013 - 16:32

    Timmys will be the last to go...booming business !! lol

  • matt
    January 16, 2013 - 15:34

    "None of the four or five employees who work there will lose their jobs. Instead they’ll be transferred to other locations in town." Well is it 4 or 5 for one, and what other liquor store is "in town" since trenton is the town in question. The people of Trenton need to take a look at the town Stop narrowing there roads and spending tax payers dollars on rusty steel buckets. Instead lets do a study on what could/would bring economic growth to the town. We have lots of history and an aging population. We need to support the growth of the retirement community as well as promoting a "healthy place" for young people to raise families. We also need to recognize the drug problems facing our youth. Infrastructure and social programs are a must. Good luck getting that out of harper!

  • scott
    January 16, 2013 - 14:30

    trenton should drop the title town and be a village. (different taxes, etc.) No gas station, grocery store ( for that matter besides needs no real stores at all). Shoppers will be the next to go. It is a shame but in this day in age trenton is becoming a ghost town. Heading the way of the car works.

  • Johnny smoke
    January 16, 2013 - 11:58

    Senior citizens looking for a place to hang out, they have probably brought enough booze in the past to pay for this building ten times over. Seeing that the Liquor Commission has a losing fight on their hands over the wine makers, this would be a good chance to show some heart and donate the building to a worthy cause.

    • Matt
      January 16, 2013 - 12:55

      Trenton's problem is it's not near a 100 series highway. Small towns in NS manage to hang on to businesses because people spot them from the highway and drive into town for gas, booze, groceries, whatever. It's all about location. Trenton is hidden behind New Glasgow, it has never had a chance.

  • Leigh
    January 16, 2013 - 11:53

    So, lets see. Trenton will be down to Sam's, Needs, Cornish's and Shoppers Drug Mart. Just a matter of time before 2 of the 4 follow suit. Why can Trenton not support a proper downtown core like the other 4 towns? Makes no sense. Been this way for a long time now. No gas, No booze, no nothing? Good for the economy though as everybody down this way is forced to drive/walk/taxi uptown even more often.

    • Vicki
      January 16, 2013 - 13:00

      Hey, don't forget a Canada Post and Tim Horton's!!