Belly Up: Beloved boucanerie forced into bankruptcy

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by admin on February 12, 2014

CLOSED FOREVER? The Boucanerie Chelsea Smokehouse had a notice of bankruptcy posted to its front door on Feb. 8.          Courtney Merchand Photo

CLOSED FOREVER? The Boucanerie Chelsea Smokehouse had a notice of bankruptcy posted to its front door on Feb. 8. Courtney Merchand Photo

After 25 years in business, a notice of bankruptcy has been plastered to the front entrance of the Boucanerie Chelsea Smokehouse on Hwy 105.

On Feb. 7, a legal battle that had been raging behind the scenes of the small gourmet food shop between recent owners, Line Boyer and James Hargreaves, and the original vendors, Jean and Ginette De La Durantaye, finally ended.

It was only in the past year that talks between the two sides stalled with no sign of resolution on the horizon.

“This disagreement festered into a full blown litigation which consumed hard-earned profits and ill afforded time,” Hargreaves wrote in an email to The Low Down. “Finally, after a final attempt at resolving the issue, [we] reached the end of [our] financial rope and were forced into bankruptcy.”

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avatar MP April 19, 2014 at 9:34 am

I REALLY feel bad for the De La Durantaye’s as they rebuilt the shop from the ground up and made it a local treasure.

The current owners destroyed a business model that was sound, profitable and reputable in the region.

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