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The Main's SAQ is moving

Shattered Mar 9, 2011 09:11 AM

The SAQ at 3565 St-Laurent below Prince Arthur is moving to the long-empty old stone bank building at the corner of St-Laurent and Pins. Closing March 27th, re-opening April 19th. Great to see that building will finally be put to use, and it'll be a huge outlet.

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    lagatta RE: Shattered Mar 9, 2011 10:21 AM

    Thanks for the news - don't suppose they are doing a moving sale, eh? Nice if they can restore that building, and that area does warrant a larger SAQ. You've no doubt seen the improvement in the nearby SAQ on St-Denis (near Duluth).

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      Shattered RE: lagatta Mar 9, 2011 11:46 PM

      They've already put large glass windows along the St-Laurent side where it was boarded up, in the decorative archways (for lack of better description). So it will be nicely restored and much sunnier than most outlets by the look of it. I'd also imagine a building that size has a second floor and/or basement, or else a very high ceiling (maybe open concept 2nd floor). I think they've got a very nice outlet in the works (dare I say, a cathedral of booze, haha).

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      kpaxonite RE: Shattered Mar 11, 2011 03:24 PM

      In other SAQ news the one in the Forum is closing at the end of the month (at least last time I spoke to my fav employee there two weeks ago...) and i believe the one at westmount square is too....

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        Shattered RE: kpaxonite Mar 11, 2011 05:05 PM

        Are they opening or expanding one in the area?

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          kpaxonite RE: Shattered Mar 11, 2011 05:36 PM

          What he told me was that they were simply closing.... however there had been numerous appeals to keep the Forum location open (one of the largest) but the rent is extremely high.

          Chances are if both close nothing with open... I remember a few years back when the on on masioneuve and metcalfe closed (a very large one) and the one on peel and st cath moved...and nothing opened to take care of the area between stanley and eaton center.

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            davekry RE: Shattered Mar 11, 2011 06:53 PM

            It's all here: http://www.montrealgazette.com/closin...

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            lagatta RE: kpaxonite Mar 12, 2011 04:09 AM

            Well, at least Westmount will still have at least one SAQ. Parc-Ex has no more, since the closing of the SAQ next to Loblaws, and the earlier closing of the long-standing one on Jean-Talon (corner Stuart?). People there have to travel to Rockland, Jean-Talon Market, Petite-Italie or Jarry/Lajeunesse. And many people in that area don't have cars.

            The outlet next to the Loblaws was far too big for needs, but very handy for people shopping for food next door.

            Jean-Talon Market
            7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

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              sweettoothMTL RE: lagatta Mar 14, 2011 10:27 AM

              + great selection
              + beautiful building
              + underground free and easy parking.

              Oh, how I miss that SAQ...

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                lagatta RE: sweettoothMTL Mar 14, 2011 03:41 PM

                Yes, if that SAQ was too big for local needs (and you are right, including people driving to the Loblaws) they should have kept part of the space and used the rest for other food-centric businesses, complementary to the Loblaws and the SAQ. That SAQ had products not even found at Beaubien Sélection, to say nothing of the small Petite-Italie and JTM SAQs.

                Now it houses throwaway-cheap Joe Fresh clothes.

                Oana, on the other hand I'm glad that building on the Main will be safeguarded and used.

          3. oana RE: Shattered Mar 14, 2011 10:29 AM

            I can`t wait :). I also am glad that beautiful building will finally be used.

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              Shattered RE: Shattered Mar 21, 2011 07:08 PM

              Glanced inside the main corner door windows today and realized just how huge the floor space is: 3 to 4 times what they have now. Offhand, I'd say comparable with the SAQ on Maisonneuve near City Councillors. That's not including another section behind a retaining wall (but with an open spot connecting it to the larger area), which you can see through a side doorway that opens onto St-Laurent (near the south end of the building). That alone is at least as big as the current store. It's gonna be impressive when it opens.

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                papilles RE: Shattered Mar 29, 2011 09:57 AM

                just called them,,the current outlet will stay open unti the day of the move

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                  Daiya RE: Shattered Apr 15, 2011 09:30 AM

                  It looks like they are on schedule to open. Unfortunately the multiple blocky modern SAQ signs detract from the look of the building exterior.

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                    Shattered RE: Daiya Apr 15, 2011 03:17 PM

                    Well, they have put up signs that can be seen down both streets. I don't think they're too bad, they could've put some horrible backlit signs facing out from the building.

                    As you say, they're right on schedule, and the floor and shelving space look at least 3, maybe 4 times the size of the current one with considerably more cashes as well. Can't wait!

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                    Shattered RE: Shattered Apr 27, 2011 10:39 AM

                    This place is awesome, easily 3 times the shelf space of the old one and still empty space here and there. Way more variety in liquor and wine. About time the Plateau got a proper SAQ! (the one at Mont Royal & Papineau is too far out of the way to count)

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                      lagatta RE: Shattered Apr 27, 2011 10:45 AM

                      Not really, it is very much part of the Plateau - that is the area the Michel Tremblay's books about the neighbourhood long before it became trendy were set. But it is a very different part of the district, and not so very far away from Mordechai Richler's books about similar times, as well as to Little Portugal.

                      I haven't been down to the area of the new one recently, but certainly will soon, Do they have any speciality products not found elsewhere?

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                        celfie RE: lagatta Apr 27, 2011 10:57 AM

                        michel tremblay, who dat

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                          Shattered RE: lagatta Apr 27, 2011 11:23 AM

                          Well, it's too far for anyone on St Denis, definitely anywhere along the Main, and anywhere near a metro. Therefore, doesn't count in my books :) And I say that as someone who used to have that as my local SAQ - I have no prob admitting I lived on the fringe of the Plateau (& that's why I moved, walking 20 mins in winter just to hit the metro sucks!)

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