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  • Anna Robertson

Pilon closing after 42 years

More than just a grocery store, a local Masham landmark and fixture in the community is closing its doors at the end of the month.

Alimentation Pilon, owned and operated by the Pilon family since 1980, provided the village with groceries, a convenient SAQ outlet, and a deli, with Lucien Pilon Sr. behind the counter seven days a week.

Now 84, Lucien Sr. will be able to get some much-deserved rest and relaxation. “I’ll miss it, but I’m getting too tired,” he told the Low Down, standing in front of the colourful dairy aisle. “I can’t do it anymore. I’m 84. It’s time to pull the plug.”

According to Lucien’s son, Lucien Jr., the family owns a farm in the Rupert area and his father and mother Cheryl will be moving there.

“It’s time to take a break and have a somewhat normal life,” said Lucien Jr., 47. “All four of us are feeling that way,” he added, referring to himself, his father, mother and sister Carol who all work at the store.

“It’s going to be kind of a bittersweet thing,” commented Carol, “because, of course, we like coming here, and we like seeing our customers every day, and we like being part of the community.”

She added that running a grocery store takes its toll on both social and family life and she could never really make plans on any given Tuesday or Sunday or any other day of the week.