Friday, 14 October 2011

Canadian Tire, Liverpool, Nova Scotia


Canadian Tire on left
Canadian Tire after the fire
Canadian Tire after the fire
It was known in the Canadian Tire world as store #059 and was located on the corner of Main and Legion Streets. It wasn't the biggest Canadian Tire store, probably one of the smallest and maybe it was packed to the ceiling and the aisles were narrow and not easy to get around. But when it was destroyed by fire in July 1996 we all soon found out how much it was missed. The Liverpool Canadian Tire opened on that location in 1969 and my uncle Earl West was manager. It had previously been located on Market Street. The Main/Legion Street location had a little of everything from paint and appliances to sports equipment and car parts. They had a few mechanics to repair your car on location or to do an MVI. Terry Connolly and Wayne Mansfield were 2 of the mechanics, working in the store was Sue Verge, Pam (Bolivar) Mansfield, Pam West, Steve Roberts, Vicki (Russell) Roberts, John Baker, and Steve Kempton are some of the staff that I recall. Russell Kennedy and George Vasil were a few owners that I remember. It was a very sad evening in July 1996, I was at work doing some extras getting caught up when I smelled smoke. I went to the front door to look out and saw smoke and heard sirens. At first glance it appeared it was Main Street Kwik Way but I soon saw the smoke coming from the Canadian Tire building. It wasn't long before the Liverpool Fire Dept. were at the scene and people from all over were there watching. The next day the fire was out but the building was a complete loss. A few weeks later we were all shocked to find out the owner of Canadian Tire chose not to reopen a new Canadian Tire in Liverpool.

16 comments:

  1. Elizabeth Joudrey14 October 2011 at 07:57

    i remember when this place burned down. most men used to call the canadian tire book their bible.lol

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  2. What was that building between Canadian Tire and the old Fire Hall. Looks familiar, but can't remember.

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  3. It was the Dry Cleaners, Heather. I believe it was called New Systems, seems to me Frank Trainor had something to do with that company.

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  4. I am pretty sure at the time of the fire the building next door was used as storage. I don't remember it being an open bussines. I do remember the OUTSTANDING job our local firemen did in saving this wooden structure with almost no damage while there was such a big fire right next door. Second to the disapointment we all shared when we found out Canadian tire was not coming back was the shock and anger in finding out that the "fire sale" of all the salvaged items would be taking place in Bridgewater and not here in Liverpool.

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  5. My first and shortest Job LOL. 1973

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  6. The owner wanted to rebuild but CTC said no.They based their decision on credit card sales which were higher at the store in Bridgewater from the Queens County postal codes.
    I was talking to the owner, Merill Conrad, when I was in the city.

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  7. Mom (Fran Harding) worked in the office for several years, and I think Bertha Manthorne did too. It was a sad day when it burned.

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  8. This was my 1st "major" fire after joining the Liverpool Fire Dept. about 10 months earlier. I remember this night well. It was July 10th, 1996, and our annual garden party was that night. The garden party was over, and most of us had just got home when the alarm came through at around 11:12PM. Don't ask how I remember the time, but I do...lol.

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