Coop closing to leave void in Pointe Claire Village

François Lemieux
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New tenant took over Bord du Lac premises on Jan. 16

Members and friends of the now-closed Cabaret-Boutique des Bons Voisins in the Pointe Claire Village were busy emptying and cleaning the Bord du Lac premises last week. Despite the fact that the cooperative ended its operations on Dec. 1, Jan. 15 was truly be the last day of this town institution as the new tenant took possession of the premises the following day.

On Jan. 9, The Chronicle met with a few people who had volunteered to clean up the place. Founder Nathalie Laplante, who was supervising the cleaning operation, reflected on how the closing would affect the town.

“It’s a major loss for the community because the place was so unique. We opened it in the Pointe Claire Village because we felt there was an enormous need for a gathering place for the community. That was the primary objective of the coop,” she said.

With the closure, the Pointe Claire Village and West Islanders in general have lost a restaurant that served local food; local drinks but also a concert venue for local musicians to perform their material and local painters to expose their works. Senneville’s Ferme du Zéphyr will also have to find a new partner to help it distribute and promote its vegetables in the West Island as the Cabaret was both a distribution point for the weekly vegetables basket program and the weekly farmer market emplacement.

It’s a major loss for the community because the place was so unique. We opened it in the Pointe Claire Village because we felt there was an enormous need for a gathering place for the community. That was the primary objective of the coop Nathalie Laplante, Coop co-founder

“Because it was all these things at once, it will create a huge void in the community. Nothing will be able to replace all of that at once so that what hurts me the most,” she said.

Laplante cited financial viability reasons to explain the closure of the Cabaret last week. Green Party of Quebec leader Alex Tyrrell was on location with his press attaché on Jan. 9 to help out. He feels the loss of the cooperative is very unfortunate.

“We found that it’s really unfortunate that the Coop is closing. This is a vital community organization that gave a place to a lot of local artists to come and perform. It was also the only place that had a (candidates’) debate during the last election. The provincial government needs to do more to support cooperatives of all types,” he said.

Geographic location: Pointe Claire Village, West Islanders, West Island

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  • Susan Weaver
    January 23, 2014 - 08:09

    Thanks for the writing this article.