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Apr 11, 2008 07:22 PM

sucre bleu

what's happening to sucre bleu? the branches on crescent and st laurent have closed recently - is the one on st denis still open? it's finals time and i need sugar.

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  1. They closed their Crescent location last summer. So their St Laurent location is now closed?

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    1. re: BLM

      I walked by the St Laurent location in December and it was being boarded up. I don't know what's happened to it since, though.

      1. re: cywd

        I was at their St Laurent location earlier this year(probably it was in January or February), & they were still open. This is only from memory(maybe it was sometime in December, but not earlier, as I only went in after the Sucre Bleu owner was featured in Montreal media not too long ago).

        1. re: BLM

          I walked by the St Laurent location today and it's definitely closed. The sign's down and the windows are all papered up. The St Denis branch is still around though, and it doesn't look like it's going anywhere. Most of the candy wasn't spectacular, but the sheer selection is awesome.

    2. There was an article in the Gazette, months ago about how the decreased traffic due to the construction on the Main hit them bad and thus they had to close. Too bad another wave of digging is coming up, I wonder which businesses will be the victims now.

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      1. re: emerilcantcook

        it's hard enough for small privately owned businesses to survive in Montreal, the construction work hits them hard.

        As for the candy store at corner of Crescent, I stopped sometimes to get a few dollars worth but there is an enormous couchetard dep closeby, and they did not sell anything different or unusual.

        1. re: superbossmom

          I went to the St. Laurent and the Crescent locations twice each. Every time the candy was stale, so I didn't go back. It must be hard to keep that sort of merchandise fresh, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to buy old stuff.

          1. re: montrealwaitress

            maybe i'm weird, but i like stale gummies. they're chewier :)

            1. re: montrealwaitress

              Personally I don't find the candy selection of Sucre Bleu all that great(for a candy speciality store). What they do carry is probably by far the largest selection of Jones soda flavours in Montreal, if people are interested. I don't care for Jones soda that much, except once in a while trying Jones soda flavours that use cane suger.

              The Sucre Bleu owner claims they're one of the very few places in Montreal(if not the only one in the city), making their own home-made fudge(not get it from a outside source).

              1. re: BLM

                I find Montreal to be seriously lacking in great candy stores. The only I really care for is Sugar Heaven next to Burger King in the Eaton Center food court. Whenever I'm in Ottawa, I can't help but feel jealous for Sugar Mountain where variety is great and prices quite fair. It's a small chain and heck, if I could afford the franchise I'd start it here in Montreal. For instance, Sucrerie du Soleil aside, there's no good candy store on Mont-Royal.

                1. re: Campofiorin

                  Biscuiterie Oscar is not bad, and they have a few locations. It's not as good as Sugar Mountain though.

                  1. re: Campofiorin

                    I agree with your statement about Montreal candy stores. We have great high end chocolate and candy, but not as good regular candy.

                    Bulk places like Scoops have a not bad selection.

                    If you like British candy, make a trek out to the Bramble House on the West Island (they have a website). Wow! Great selection of british candies and toffees and even crisps! Had a Cadbury Flake the other day, and a Curly-Wurly. (Grin)

                    If you're feeling flush, I find the selection of high end candy and chocolates and biscuits at Gourmet Laurier really great. But you pay...

                    1. re: moh

                      What I' really craving is Kookaburra licorice and it's pretty much nowhere to be found in Montreal. I usually stock up when I'm in the States or order it online. When I'm in Burlington, I usually go to the small candy store on the pedestrian mall street (Chruch St?). The Asian girl there is really friendly and prices are good.

                      1. re: Campofiorin

                        Just googled it, it looks good. I certainly have not seen this product in a Montreal store, and I do like looking at candy. Not saying I have covered every store under the sun, but I think I would have remembered the packaging had I seen it.

                        1. re: moh

                          Trust me, it's amazing! The strawberry flavour really taste like the berry not some sort of artificial flavour. I'm partial to the black one that is actually brownish/greenish on the inside. They also make a raspberry one that I've only seen in Boston and was the most delicious of all three. Moist, tender and chewy. I'm gonna have to order some now.

                          1. re: moh

                            By the way, the KJookabura is available at Sugar HEaven, located in the basement of Eaton Center next to the Burger King.

                            1. re: Campofiorin

                              Thanks Campofiorin! So great of you to follow up and post! Guess I'll have to find an excuse to head downtown.... :)

            2. To all the candy lovers,

              Sucre Bleu had to close the store locations on Crescent Street and St-Laurent Blvd due to the lengthy construction undertaken by the City of Montreal. Revenues dropped well below the point where it made any sense to continue operations. We could no longer turn inventory fast enough in order to keep product fresh and our financials were stretched to the point where we could not invest in the appropriate diverse inventory which customers expect to find in a candy store.

              Please visit our store on St-Denis and I am sure you will find that we not only have the largest selection of bulk candy in the city but we also have unique candy (bulk and packaged) that is difficult to find. We have a very large selection of Jelly Bellys, sugar free candy and chocolate, and during the summer we have ice cream (soft and hard).

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              1. re: sucrebleuowner

                I am looking for candy for my son's b-day. Are you guys still open as I write this?

                1. re: mtlmaven

                  the St-Denis location is open.
                  1701 St-Denis, H2X 3K4