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Westmount 5 Saisons closing

Just heard on CBC that the Greene Avenue branch of Metro's upscale 5 Saisons is closing, as confirmed by the manager in a radio interview. Not due to any lack of sales - the owner of the building has other plans for the premises, evidently a condo building is planned.

Some staff have been there for 25 years, and as older workers could have trouble finding other jobs, but the manager said efforts would be made to find them work at other Metro banners.

The Outremont 5 Saisons on Bernard is remaining open.

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  1. kind of weird ... you don't close shop if sales are good and it offers a good service to the neighbourhood.

    If a condo is build there, I assume a more "fancy" gourmet food thing will be on the street level to cater to the 'hood crowd.

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    1. re: Maximilien

      If your lease is up and the landlord has other plans for the space you are out on the street regardless of how good sales might be. Not all condo buildings have retail space on the ground floor.

      1. re: Maximilien

        5 Saisons is kind of expensive - ok they have some interesting things, but there's an IGA within spitting distance in Place Alexis Nihon. All that said, I really don't like Metro in general - the one on Victoria/Sherbrooke is particularly dismal.

        1. re: pyropaul99

          We have come to expect that with the exception of the Tavern, Westmount is an abysmal food wasteland. Cinq Saison may have filled a need with its prepared foods but it is nothing more than a glorified dep. Produce is crap, groceries way over priced. Dean and Deluca it isn't!!

          1. re: crispy1

            Westmount where I now live is a place where they think that The Mess is Haute Cuisine....save me Pleaseeeee!

            1. re: crispy1

              Actually, 5 Saisons has a very nice selection of meats. Their produce is fine, although pricey, but they have a lot of very nice specialty items that aren't easily found elsewhere in Westmount. And it's located very conveniently for some of us...While I don't depend on it for my regular grocery order, it works just fine for picking up the odd item when I need it. Considering the owner of the site hasn't yet applied for a permit for anything else there, it will be interesting to see what the future of the site will be.

              1. re: cherylmtl

                I have never been to the Greene Avenue 5 Saisons but a client I work with is located very close to the avenue Bernard 5 Saisons in Outremont. I certainly wouldn't do a whole order of groceries there as it is pricy but they do have some lovely speciality items and I have found some things in the meats and fishes that are very well priced indeed (hint: lovely lamb neck). They make good sandwiches and such, cheaper than anywhere else in the vicinity. I almost never bought produce there but it didn't look crap.

                Pity that Westmount should be a food wasteland.

                1. re: lagatta

                  beyond produce, i dont find the store that pricey - usually a couple of dimes more expensive than your regular grocery store. the only problem i had with the store is the small selection of ethnic food items and their bakery isnt so hot.

          2. re: Maximilien

            They closed shop because the building they were in was being demolished to build a new multi million dollar condo building.They were going out of business until the pressure was so strong the developer decided to include them in the new plans.
            5 saisons cannot get much more expensive than it was and it has its built in clientele that lives in Westmount Sq or the two other apartment buildings next door.

          3. Wonder what will open in its stead. In n Out burger please :D

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            1. re: Evilbanana11

              i would definitely line up to get the first in n out burger in montreal :)
              o if they would have a fuddruckers instead!

            2. Here's a piece about the 5 Saisons Greene closing:

              http://www.montrealgazette.com/busine...

              They say there are no plans to relocate the store.

              1. I would like to start a petition to be signed by all those clients who oppose the closing of this fine food store. The seniors who shop here because they do not drive and find it too hard to get their groceries anywhere else will miss Cinque Saisons terribly. I have shopped here for the past 18 years and find it extremely convenient. Personalized service and excellent meat are huge attractions for many

                emsmtl October 13, 2009

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                1. re: emsmtl

                  Unfortunately it's a done deal. Metro wanted to keep the store open. But the owner of the land has other plans. You couldn't turn this one around quick enough or big enough.

                  1. re: emsmtl

                    The IGA in Alexis Nihon is close by and I believe does free deliveries. Of course, IGA stores are fairly sucky in general, but at least it's close to where 5 Saisons was.

                    1. re: pyropaul99

                      I don't think IGA Alexis Nihon keeps the same extended hours as 5 Saisons. And yes, their selection is fairly sucky.

                      1. re: cherylmtl

                        From http://www.metro.ca/corpo/trouver-vot...

                        Monday to Friday : 8h00 at 21h00
                        Sunday and Saturday : 8h30 at 21h00

                        And from http://www.placealexisnihon.com/en/sh...

                        IGA: Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. @ 10 p.m.
                        Sunday 8 a.m. @ 10 p.m.

                        IGA actually has better opening hours. Anyway, pensioners can go in the daytime surely?!

                        The selection is sucky, but they often have good specials. Metro stores suck rocks big time anyway.

                        1. re: pyropaul99

                          I had no idea IGA was open extended hours. You can tell I don't shop there regularly...
                          And while most Metro stores do indeed such rocks, the 5 Saisons carries much different merchandise (and even the Metro on Victoria has a better selection than most Metros).

                  2. As an update, the store did not close Dec 5th as planned. Seems there is a chance the store may remain open. Here's a link to some details.

                    http://www.westmountexaminer.com/arti...

                    Stuart

                    1. 5 Saisons is re-opening on Aug 15th at 1280 Greene in Westmount.

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                      1. re: JerkPork

                        One week after the Adonis opening just past the nearby IGA. Best of luck to them. Heh.

                        1. re: lilmsmuffin

                          It will do well - it always has, regardless of the IGA and PA nearby. The sort of people who buy all of their groceries at 5 Saisons aren't shopping at IGA or PA. And there are many of them in Westmount.

                          1. re: lilmsmuffin

                            Judging by their advertising, they're aiming for the Kobe beef-Balik smoked salmon-Brillat-Savarin cheese crowd, lol.

                            1. re: chilipepper

                              All of those things sound delicious! Whether I'd spend money on them is something else though. I'm sure they have their clientele, so good for them if it works

                              1. re: chilipepper

                                This cyclist stops in there on the way through Westmount on the bikepath. The most convenient shop on the path other than the gourmet store near PdA. So Five Seasons is a bit expensive but for day to day goods it fits the bill.

                                1. re: williej

                                  Well, you aren't making a big detour stopping either at PA on Fort or the IGA in Alexis-Nihon, both a few steps south of the path. I've only been to the Westmount Cinq Saisons once, but have gone to the Outremont one quite often as I was working just down the street on Bernard and didn't have time to go to PA or Intermarché Parc. (Wintertime, on foot). They had good sandwiches for a reasonable price. It was an expensive store but they had good specials on fish and other nice things, and a lot of French imports, no more expensive than anywhere else unless they happened to be on promotion at PA.

                                  1. re: lagatta

                                    5 saison is definitely more expensive for most staple items

                                    1. re: catroast

                                      I NEVER bought staple items there, nor would I.

                                    2. re: lagatta

                                      I hate going into malls and big food stores when just purchasing a few things for a meal. Five Seasons, at least the old store on Greene, was small enough to get around and if you are just buying this and that for the day's supper, it is easy to buy what you need. I find PA on Fort way too busy and crowded. Very small space with long lineups and their staples selection not so good. (I do like PA's fruit and vegies, though, but tend to shop there when I am not on a bike and want to do a more extensive shopping trip when I have a car).

                                      1. re: williej

                                        Yes, I found the same the times I've been to PA Fort, but it was also because I was shopping at a rush hour after a day working at a conference nearby. I live so close to PA Parc that I can go there very early in the morning (also my strategy for JTM), on days I'm working at home. I don't have a car, or easy access to one (several friends have dumped theirs in favour of CommunAuto) so I fill up my Dutch bicycle bags! Yes, I hate malls too, though the IGA can be accessed very quickly.

                            2. They opened on Thursday and its the talk of the town - it feels like 1/3 the store is "pret a manger" ie prepared meals they have Europea lunch boxes, tourtière australienne from TA, Portuguese chicken, juice bar, Illy espresso bar, etc. and you can even get oysters that they bring out to you on the terrace!

                              1. How would the outremont and westmount locations be compared?

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                                1. I had the misfortune of eating General Tao from the lunch counter today. It was salty, soggy with very little chicken. The side dish of fried noodles was also too salty and had tiny pieces of veggies. Blech, won't be going back there again.

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                                  1. re: Jay123

                                    jay123
                                    Change the heading or start a new thread! very misleading & confusing to post here.