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Deux-Montagnes honors owner for his 50 years in business

Create: 03/21/2016 - 21:09

The City of Deux-Montagnes paid homage during the March 10 municipal council meeting to one of its most enduring and entrepreneurial business owners,
Well-known local business
Friends, family and acquaintances of Deus Jutras, owner of Constantin Service Inc. on Oka Rd. in the heart of Deux-Montagnes, were marking the 50th anniversary of the day he opened his washing machine and household appliance business back in 1965.
Jutras, 82, is also well-known for his annual appearances riding a unicycle up the middle of Oka Rd. to lead the Santa Claus Parade each December. Jutras attributes his bike-riding prowess, which goes well beyond what most people decades younger than him could accomplish, to a lifetime of keeping up his physical fitness.
As Mayor Denis Martin pointed out, he stands as a first-rate example of the type of business operator that the City of Deux-Montagnes would probably like to see more often as it attempts to rebuild the local economy, particularly along the commercial Oka Rd. strip.
A formula for success
According to Jutras, Constantin Service’s success was built on a geographically wide-ranging client base long before the Internet established web commerce as the wave of the future in marketing. “I have a clientele that runs from Abitibi all the way to Gaspésie,” he said in an interview with the North Shore News. All the same, the company still has many many customers in Deux-Montagnes and all over the North Shore area who appreciate the service and quality his company offers to home appliance buyers.
“Mr. Jutras has always been at the service of the people from the region,” mayor Martin said in a short speech prior to an informal ceremony during which Jutras and members of his extended family signed the city’s Golden Book which is opened for visitors and dignitaries.
Mayor praises business owner
“It is a pleasure for us, the elected officials of Deux-Montagnes, to honor you today. We were determined to do this. It was very important for us given all the work you have done to contribute to an important commercial street. Also for your participation in all the Santa Claus Parades and other local activities, we would like to thank you. We see your family who are taking over the business and we also regularly see you in the community.”
Jutras was presented with a special plaque from the City of Deux-Montagnes, acknowledging his five decades of contributions to the municipality and the improvements he has helped bring about in the local business community through Constantin Service. Asked if he had any business secrets to share with other Deux-Montagnes entrepreneurs who might want to be as successful, Jutras said the past 50 years weren’t always easy and there were times when he was tempted to throw in the towel, but that ultimately he persisted.
‘Relais 8 heures’ in April
During the council meeting’s question period, Gaétan Asselin of the Fondation de la Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes, announced they will be holding the 2nd annual edition of the Relais 8 heures Deux-Montagnes, a walking/running relay event to raise funds for the school.
The foundation’s goal for this year’s event is $10,000. As special promotion, one of the event’s sponsors, Denis Breton Buick Chevrolet, will donate $20 to the foundation for each customer who agrees to test drive a Buick, Chevrolet or GMC vehicle.
Among other items of business dealt with during the meeting, a subsidy was made to the organizing committee for the 2016 Deux-Montagnes Canada Day festivities which will be taking place on July 1 in Central Park. The mayor also confirmed that the city has found a tenant to occupy the municipally-owned Place de la Gare railway station building after a period of vacancy. The new tenant is Les Délices de la Maison owned by Marc Renaud.

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