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Grenfell Co-Op hosts special sale for members


Decision to be made on whether to open again

ST. ANTHONY, NL – The aisles were crowded for the first time in years as the Grenfell Memorial Co-Op opened its doors for two days to sell off its remaining stock.

On Feb. 8 and 9, the store opened for a cash-only sale and all items were available at 30 per cent off for members only.

The sale came after the historic store announced it would be closing its doors after 105 years of business.

On Thursday morning, the parking lot was full, spilling over to the side of the road and into other parking areas.

Within the store, board members including president John Budgell were volunteering to help fill the bags of customers. They were plenty busy as members lined the aisles and packed the building.

It was business they hadn’t seen in years.

According to store manager Boyd Manuel, if they had seen this many people just once a week, the store would still be open.

As of Friday morning, it was yet to be determined whether the store would open for another day. Manuel said it depended on how much product was left over.

He said the board needed to discuss what to do next.

If they decide not to open it again for another final sale, Feb. 9 could very well be the last day anyone shops at the Grenfell Memorial Co-Op.

stephen.roberts@northernpen.ca

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