Great Canadian Dollar Store opens in Alberton

Published on February 21, 2016

Donna Gallant, right, manager of the Great Canadian Dollar Store’s newest location, gives direction to staff members Catherine McArthur, left, and Deborah Rayner as they fill the shelves at the new Alberton store. It opens today.

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Owner Kevin Kane proud it’s the 100th store in chain, 35th that he owns, operates

ALBERTON - Except for a brief pre-Christmas sell-off sale, a store on Main Street here that closed in October, re-opened Saturday as a Great Canadian Dollar Store.

Owner Kevin Kane is proud of the fact that it’s the 100th store in the chain, and the 35th that he owns and operates.

Managers from many other stores in his operation, including Bloomfield, Stratford, Saint John, Quispamsis, Sussex and Bible Hill, have been helping with the transformation of the former Pridhams V&S Department Store to a dollar store. Electrical upgrades were made to make the store generator-ready in the event of a power outage, and heat pumps were installed.

Kane said the removal of some interior walls allowed him to gain another 1,500 square feet of retail space in a building he described as being in great shape.

The opening of the Alberton store will not impact the operation of his store in nearby Bloomfield, Kane said. He’s heard the rumours that the Bloomfield store will close when the Alberton store opens, but he said that’s not going to happen.

“It’s an excellent store (in Bloomfield), excellent staff,” he said. There will be some differences in stock at the two West Prince stores, he added.

“It’s a combination of carrying what people want and at prices they want,” Kane said, in summarizing what he sees as the secret to the chain’s success.

Donna Gallant has been hired to manage the Alberton store that will operate with a staff of 10 who all say they are anticipating a busy opening day.

FACT BOX

1 - Donna Gallant has been hired to manage the Alberton store.

2 - Great Canadian Dollar Store was established in 1993 by Bud and Vivan Walker.

3 - They had sold their business to Kevin Kane of Quispamsis, N.B. in 2015.

 4 - The Great Canadian Dollar Store supports the CH.I.L.D. Foundation (Children with Intestinal and Liver Disorders) which raises money to fund pediatric care and research.

5 - Pricing on most products is between $1.00 and $10.00