Family-run Scotsburn Country Store to open Thursday
SCOTSBURN – The shelves are still being stocked and the paint is still drying, but Dan Vachon is confident that the opening of the Scotsburn Country Store will happen this week.
“Our point of sales machine just arrived the other day and have been inputting tens of thousands of items,” said Vachon. “There’s a lot left to do by Thursday.”
A little more than 50 per cent of the inventory has arrived with the remainder to come in the next two days.
Vachon, with the support of his family, has taken over the former Scotsburn Co-op store, which closed in May. Since then, he’s been working hard, making phone calls and listening to what people in the community want.
“We used to get our feed for our animals at the old store here so this spot is important to us,” said Vachon.
Vachon said that Scotsburn had no further plans with the store or location once the doors to the co-op finally closed. When he made them an offer to purchase the building one Friday, they accepted the next Monday.
“After putting together a 69-page business proposal, we received financial support through the small business initiative and CBDC,” said Vachon.
He’s enlisted the help of his family to put the final touches on the store. His wife Bern and son Caleb are his business partners. It’s the family touch that makes a difference.
“It’s my family,” said Vachon. “We all have a stake in this and will be doing our best.”
For the past few days, the staff has been trying to juggle each issue as they arise in preparing to have the store ready for opening on Thursday. For example, the groceries for the store were ordered and arrived yesterday, but was three pallets short of a load. A cooler to hold the new store’s expanded assortment of Scotsburn ice cream also stopped working the other day.
“We’re the home of Scotsburn and our ice cream selection is going to reflect that,” said Vachon.
The end result of all the hard work, Vachon hopes, will be an almost completely revamped and renovated store.
“Everything from the electrical to painting to the layout of the store is being looked at,” said Vachon, noting that the floors are receiving a much-needed polish and waxing.
The family hopes the country store will become a hub and a gathering place for farmers and community members. One section of the store will be completely renovated as an ice cream parlour and coffee shop with free wi-fi. It will feature rustic wooden décor and custom-made wooden chairs for sale.
Dan’s son Caleb noted that there aren’t many places to get together with people in Scotsburn.
“The area has been dying,” said Caleb. “We’ve got nothing but positive feedback. We’re taking the corporate out of it.”
Vachon said the Co-op brand of feed will still be sold, along with a full farm supplies including clothing and fencing. Items and crafts created by local artisans will also be sold at the store.
The store’s hours will be Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and closed on Sun.
The store is scheduled to open Thursday at 8 a.m. but for the latest, check The News’ website or the Scotsburn Country Store Facebook page www.facebook.com/ScotsburnFarmServices.
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