MOREWOOD – A landmark on a downtown corner property in this North Dundas village is for sale for the second time in the last decade.
The real estate signs went up last week at The Lucky Dollar, with owner Kiomi Arias looking to make a move that benefits not only her, but also her young son.
“I can’t do it myself anymore,” she told the Winchester Press. “I have a seven-year-old son who needs my attention. He wants to play soccer, and I can’t get him there because I’m at the store. It’s not fair.”
In 2016, Arias took ownership of the store with her then husband.
Since the end of that relationship, it’s been her alone operating the convenience store.
It’s not a sustainable situation, given that her older children live in Ottawa, and aren’t interested in the store’s ownership.
“I’m happy about the decision…. Excited,” Arias said. “But I do love this community, and I will miss Morewood. I love how close the community is, and they are so supportive. I’ve always felt welcome here.”
It’s been nearly three years since Arias took over the store from longtime operator Ada Mahfouz. She and her late husband, Refaat, purchased the store in 1988, continuing on for the next 28 years.
The building itself has undergone many changes throughout the years, as it has served as a community corner store since 1862 under a variety of owners. Most notably, Andrew Douglas Hunter purchased the stock from Thomas Reveler, and ran his store at this location until 1901. He sold medicine, as well as bulk goods. There was a set of scales outside the store, which was used to weigh loads of hay or stone.