J.A. Moisan celebrates its 150th anniversary with new owners

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Donna Willet (right) and her son-in-law Benoit Doucet stand in front of the coffee bar in the renovated grocery store. The glass counter case in the foreground was once a jewelry display case.

North America’s oldest grocery store, located in the heart of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, has welcomed customers since 1871. J.A. Moisan reopened under new ownership on Jan. 11, just in time for its sesquicentennial.

It was most appropriate that a journalist from North America’s oldest newspaper, now in its 257th year, pay the new proprietor a visit.