MOREWOOD – Residents in this North Dundas village who are missing its lone convenience store are in for a treat.
Area Remax dealer Randy VanDommelen told the Winchester Press earlier this week that the Lucky Dollar building has officially sold, and the new owner will be making attempts to return the store to its former glory.
“I do think residents will be very happy,” he added.
The sale deal is expected to close by week’s end, and the new proprietor, James Park, will be seeing through a series of renovations before a planned reopening later this month.
According to VanDommelen, Park has years of experience as a storeowner and is committing to what will be renamed as, The Lucky Dollar Mart.
Park intends to keep the LCBO licence, while its unclear if the adjacent Canada Post outlet will return, given that a series of community mailboxes have been added to the parking lot at the Community Centre.
The landmark corner property in downtown Morewood had been owned by Kiomi Arias since 2016. She had initially purchased the store with her husband, though the relationship ultimately ended, leaving Arias to operate the store on her own.
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.