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Jun 12, 2009 05:47 PM

Cuisine Gourmet R.I.P.?

Both the Drummond and Monkland locations have been "closed for inventory" for over a week. Voice mailbox at the Drummond is full and the message on Monkland says "closed for change of administration". While I was never a big fan of their aggressive pricing policies I enjoyed both stores for their quality inventory and product range. Also both locations were very convenient.

It will be interesting to see what happens next.

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  1. The Drummond location has had a 30 or 40% off (can't remember which) all items in stock sale for the past few months, so this isn't surprising news. Whenever I've been in there, I've usually been the only person in the store aside from the salespeople.

    1. The downtown store was huge and expensive. It stocks luxury kitchen goods. We're in a recession. Everything adds up that way.

      1. Oh, I wondered if the Monkland spot was going to survive, despite the downtown location's obvious distress (the staff told me they were going to renovate so had to move the stock out of the way, but I had my doubts).

        1. I walked past the Monkland store today and there was a sign on the door saying they'd be open again at the end of June, for what it's worth.

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          1. re: janetmweiss

            Okay so color me naive, but I don't get it. The store is always quite empty, the prices ridiculously high - they recently renovated and expanded the Monkland store, there is a recession going on, and now they close for a month? How do you run a profitable business that way???

            1. re: maisonbistro

              You don't. To the best of my knowledge Cuisine Gourmet is bankrupt but there are efforts underway to buy the store & inventory hence the previously mentioned "change of administration".

              1. re: maisonbistro

                Since you replied directly to me: I don't know. I've never even been in the store. I was just passing by and remembered this thread :)

                1. re: maisonbistro

                  There's an endless stream of West-End business decisions that make no sense at all. The latest goof is the sushi place in the Cote St. Luc shopping centre. You don't need experience in market research to spend 5 minutes in that mall and know that it sure as hell ain't a sushi crowd.
                  I've never seen one single person in there eating.

                  1. re: bomobob

                    I'm so curious about that place! It seems like utter insanity. Part of me hopes it's actually common-sense-defyingly awesome and will become a heart-warming success story retold through generations. The rest of me is scared to go into a sushi shop with practically no turnover whatsoever.

                    Have you eaten anything from them?

                    1. re: janetmweiss

                      Egad, no! Their fish sure can't be fresh daily, or they'd have closed after a month for lack of cash. No, I'm staying well away from that place. Trust your second part.

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