With the completion of an extensive program of expansion and renovations lasting almost a year at IGA Sainte-Thérèse, the store, which is owned by brothers Luc and Robert Daigle, has just become the largest in IGA’s vast Quebec supermarket network.
As such, the staff, managers, owners and customers of the outlet at 450 Blainville St. East in Sainte-Thérèse had something especially meaningful to celebrate.
Some well-deserved praise
“The completion of such a project could not have taken place without the skills, the commitment, the availability and the energy of a number of people,” co-owner Luc Daigle said during a grand reopening held on June 4, as he named his brother, as well as his brother-in-law Charles Gingras, and Sobey’s Quebec as having contributed particularly to the success.
The renovated IGA Sainte-Thérèse store, which first opened in the late 1990s, measures more than 56,000 square feet. In comparison, another IGA Extra outlet, which opened in Laval two years ago, is just 50,000 square feet in size despite its still massive floor space. The local economic spinoffs from the Daigle family’s bold $11 million investment will see the number of employees at their store increase from 200 to 215.
An imaginative undertaking
Their outlet’s vastness, which is more on a scale with imaginative retail undertakings usually found in the U.S., attests to the positive economic outlook in Montreal’s North Shore region where residential and commercial development doesn’t slow even when the rest of the Montreal area experiences setbacks.
Although in recent years the IGA name hasn’t been spreading in other regions of Canada, the parent company, Sobey’s, which franchises the IGA logo to independent grocers, has enjoyed great success with the banner in Quebec where the IGA Extra brand in particular flourishes.
For foodies and gourmets from all over the North Shore region and perhaps even from further away, IGA Extra Sainte-Thérèse is sure to be on a very short list of food stores where you can find everything that might be needed for everyday living or for a special occasion.
Exceptional seafood department
The supermarket’s fish and seafood department has more space and more offerings than many neighbourhood stand-alone retail seafood markets. For those looking for oysters out of season, look no further than IGA Extra Sainte-Thérèse which maintains they have them in stock year around.
As well, the outlet’s in-store bistro/take-out restaurant has seating for up to 50 people. IGA Extra Sainte-Thérèse also boasts a special temperature-controlled room for the aging of beef, and a selection of more than 150 varieties of beer.
It’s worth noting that everything in the store can be ordered through IGA’s web portal (www.iga.net) for at-home delivery or in-store pickup. While we’re at it, it’s also worth mentioning that there’s free Wi-Fi for those who bring their portable devices, and the store has a boutique operating under the Rachelle-Béry organic food products retail banner (a fairly recent addition to IGA’s corporate lineup in Quebec).
Officials attend event
Among the guests attending the opening were Groulx CAQ MNA Claude Surprenant’s riding office assistant Paulo Gervais, and City of Sainte-Thérèse municipal councillor Joanne Michaud who was representing Mayor Sylvie Surprenant.
“The Daigle family is an example of entrepreneurship to be emulated,” said Michaud, after explaining that the mayor couldn’t be present for the opening as she was in Quebec City on an official mission. Gervais also brought the greetings of Surprenant who was in the province’s capital dealing with National Assembly business.