Blyth's Scrimgeour's Food Market sells - Nov. 30, 2017
BY DENNY SCOTT
After nearly 45 years in the meat and grocery business, Don Scrimgeour and his wife Lenora are passing Scrimgeour’s Food Market to new owners.
The deal was officially closed on Monday evening and the new owners, brothers and business partners Pragnesh and Krunal Patel, were on site Monday and Tuesday getting the lay of the land.
The couple took on the Blyth Butcher Shop on the village’s main street in 1973 with Don as butcher and opened Scrimgeour’s Food Market in its current location in 1984.
Don will be kept on by Pragnesh and Krunal for 10 weeks to help the Patels get the lay of the land.
Pragnesh and Krunal own several businesses in small communities like Blyth and say they are excited to be a part of the community.
Part of their holdings is a grocery store in Embro, which Pragnesh explains made them love small Canadian communities.
“We like to work in small communities,” Pragnesh said. “Everyone in Embro is like a family now. We came from a small town in India and we find the smaller towns and villages a lot more friendly.”
The grocery store will be renamed Blyth Food Market and will continue to be an Approved Retail Partner of the Beer Store and LCBO agency store.
While Don will eventually retire, Pragnesh said the door will always be open and the store will always be Don’s.
Watch future issues of The Citizen for more information on the grocery store changing hands.