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Fire at Marché Lacroix at the corner of James and Regent streets in Hawkesbury. Photo: James Morgan

Marché Lacroix owner still sorting through aftermath of fire

Marché Lacroix continues to be greatly missed by residents of Hawkesbury and the surrounding area.  The popular grocery store and butcher shop was totally destroyed by fire on May 23.  The shop at the corner of James and Regent Streets had been open since 1935.

Stéphane Jeaurond, who has owned Marché Lacroix for the past 20 years, recently said he has not yet decided on future plans for the 85 year-old business.  He has been busy sorting through the insurance process and other legal matters.

“I’ve been doing paperwork full-time lately,” said Jeaurond.

He said the process is going well but he wants to take his time.

“I don’t want to go too fast,” Jeaurond said, adding that he needs to take care of himself.

He explained that Marché Lacroix employees are in regular contact with each other.

“We`re a little family, we stick together,” Jeaurond said.

The Marché Larcoix fire was one of several blazes to affect local properties in the area in late May.  On May 26, a fire led to the closure of Leduc Snack Bar on Main Street in Hawkesbury, and on May 30, a garage in Chute-à-Blondeau was destroyed by fire.  The garage was owned by the Township of East Hawkesbury and was being rented to François Cousineau for use as a welding shop.  East Hawkesbury Clerk-Treasurer Luc Lalonde said that the township has no plans to rebuild on the property.

There were also several grass and forest fires in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Brownsburg-Chatham, and Lachute during May and early June.

James Morgan

James Morgan is a freelance contributor. He has worked for several print and broadcast media outlets. James loves the history, natural beauty, and people of eastern Ontario and western Quebec.

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