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Rose Blanche store to remain open

The grocery store in Rose Blanche is under new ownership. Darlene Keeping-Caines, left, hands the store keys to new owner Jody Nicol on Sept. 30.
The grocery store in Rose Blanche is under new ownership. Darlene Keeping-Caines, left, hands the store keys to new owner Jody Nicol on Sept. 30.

The continued operation of the only store in Rose Blanche is welcome news to the community.

The town's only grocery store, Darlene's Groceteria, had been for sale since last year, and owner Darlene Keeping-Caines said last fall she wouldn't close the store until it had been sold. She purchased the store 20 years ago from her former employer.
Rose Blanche Mayor Clayton Durnford said he's pleased the store will remain open.
"It means a lot for our community," he said. "You like to keep what you have."
The new owner of the store, Jody Nicol, is excited as she takes over the business.
"This is where I feel like I belong," she said. "It's something I've always wanted to do."
Nicol said the store's two part-time employees would continue, and she was bringing her sister-in-law on board as a third employee.
Nicol didn't get into a lot of detail about any changes she might make to the store, but said she's hoping to do some renovations to the building. She said she wants to add a lumber section to the business.
An immediate change will be the name of the business. Nicol is renaming the store DJ's Convenience, after her children.
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The town's only grocery store, Darlene's Groceteria, had been for sale since last year, and owner Darlene Keeping-Caines said last fall she wouldn't close the store until it had been sold. She purchased the store 20 years ago from her former employer.
Rose Blanche Mayor Clayton Durnford said he's pleased the store will remain open.
"It means a lot for our community," he said. "You like to keep what you have."
The new owner of the store, Jody Nicol, is excited as she takes over the business.
"This is where I feel like I belong," she said. "It's something I've always wanted to do."
Nicol said the store's two part-time employees would continue, and she was bringing her sister-in-law on board as a third employee.
Nicol didn't get into a lot of detail about any changes she might make to the store, but said she's hoping to do some renovations to the building. She said she wants to add a lumber section to the business.
An immediate change will be the name of the business. Nicol is renaming the store DJ's Convenience, after her children.
info@gulfnews.ca

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