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Scotsburn saddened but still Scotsburn despite business departing


(TC Media) What is Scotsburn without Scotsburn?

Mark Conrad buys a coffee from Debbie Sangster of Deb’s Hidden Café in Scotsburn. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS

The main street of the small rural community doesn’t have a whole lot. The feed processing plant is gone as is the company that bore the community’s name and had products in homes throughout the Maritimes. Scotsburn Ltd., now primarily an ice cream company, announced last week that it was officially leaving for Truro. Residents say that the move has been slowly happening for a while.

At Deb’s Diner, one of the popular places that has moved to the area in recent years, patrons say they’re sad to see Scotsburn leave. But in a way they understand.

“Fact is their responsibility ends up being to their shareholders,” said Evan Carruthers while eating a meal there.

From nostalgia though, some wish they wouldn’t go.

“This is where the heritage is,” said diner owner Debbie Sangster. “This is where the farmers started it and I think it should have stayed in Scotsburn.”

While they maintain a loyal clientele and strong business, she said any business closing affects the others near it.

“There will be a loss in revenue from that,” she said. “They (employees at Scotsburn) came for lunch.”

The feed mill closing in recent years affected them too, because it reduced the number of people coming to the community.

“All we can do as Deb’s Café is look forward to doing good service and looking after the local community.”

She said she is thankful for the patronage she did receive from the Scotsburn employees.

Dan Vachon, owner of the Scotburn Country Store which now operates in the building that Scotsburn used to own, said they too will lose a few customers now that the headquarters are no longer there. He remains optimistic though. The store recently added a bakery and a hunting section to appeal to more people and he believes they too can continue to operate a viable business.

He said about two-thirds of their customers are local, while the remainder come from outside the community just because they’ve heard about it.

“We’re trying to be a convenient business,” he said, citing as an example the recently installed ATM. “Recently we’ve had a number of good comments with people saying thank you for doing this or thank you for doing that.”

Edna Thompson for one is thankful for the local businesses in the area. She has taken on the role of baker at the Scotsburn store and likes being able to work within five minutes of her home.

Businesses may come and go, but in the end, Scotsburn will remain Scotsburn.

 

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