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IGA Extra Sainte-Thérèse completes renovations

Create: 02/08/2016 - 23:33

The opening of a new supermarket is a source of great excitement for some. Such was the case on Jan. 27 when IGA Extra Sainte-Thérèse held a grand re-opening following extensive renovations during the previous months.
Many improvements
Waiting at the entrance of the store at 220 St. Charles Street was Lina Roy. The Sainte-Thérèse homemaker was first in line. She couldn’t help but notice the improvements made inside by the Daigle family who have gradually been improving and upgrading their small chain of North Shore IGA stores in recent years.
According to store owner Robert Daigle, most of the store’s refrigerated units have been replaced by new ones, the store’s color scheme has been improved and certain departments have been completely reorganized so as to improve the food shopping experience. In all, Robert and Luc Daigle as well as their partner Charles Gingras spent $2.5 million on the improvements at renewed store which is 48,000 square feet in area.
Departments upgraded
Among the areas of the store to be upgraded are the fruits and vegetables, the ready-to-eat section, the delicatessen, the bakery, a bistro with free wi-fi and a new sushi counter. Also available are oysters year-around, a fish and seafood department, a meat department featuring aged beef prepared in a special room that’s an IGA exclusive.
In addition to all this, the store also sells a wide range of organic products including many which are gluten-free. Among the improvements made at the store, reflecting IGA Daigle’s environmental commitment, is composting equipment. Groulx CAQ MNA Claude Surprenant, who was among the dignitaries who attended, praised the Daigles for their sense of entrepreneurship as well as for their community-mindedness.
Active in the community
“The Daigle family shows discipline, perseverance and leadership,” he said, while also noting the family’s commitment to the well-being of their employees. “They are known for conversing with their clients and for forging a very close relationship with them. They are people who are greatly involved with the population and it shows. I wish them the best of luck in this new phase in the development of their business.”
Sainte-Thérèse mayor Sylvie Surprenant, who was also among the guests, noted that supermarkets have needed to adapt to the population’s changing lifestyle and that this is what the Daigles did at IGA Extra Sainte-Thérèse.
Praise from Ste-Thérèse mayor
She also said that the Daigle family is playing a crucial role in helping to stimulate the economy by encouraging local purchasing. “In the name of my colleagues on the municipal council I congratulate Robert Daigle, Luc Daigle, Charles Gingras and the entire team at IGA Extra Daigle and Sobeys Quebec for this success,” said Surprenant.
Gaétan Dufresne, vice-president for real estate development with IGA parent company Sobeys Quebec, said he was delighted to be working with partners as dynamic and energetic as the Daigles. “We’re number one, but we are not sitting idly,” he pointed out. “I thank Robert, Luc and Charles. They are passionate about food retailing and so are we. Thank you for having confidence in us and may there be lasting success for the Daigle family.”

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