The Kingston General Merchants store's long history does not include any other armed robberies, according to owner Steve Gatien. (Courtesy of Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc.)

A convenience store on the Kingston Peninsula was robbed at knifepoint on Tuesday night, marking a new low for the small community, north of Saint John, says the store owner.

Two men entered the Kingston General Merchants on Route 845 at about 10 p.m., just before the liquor agency store was scheduled to close for the day, Steve Gatien told CBC News.

The men, who were both wearing hoodies with bandanas covering their faces, approached the lone female cashier and demanded money, Gatien said.

"They actually taped her hands together, but told her she wouldn't be harmed. They just wanted the cash," he said.

"They didn't take any liquor or any cigarettes, they only wanted cash, so I expect it was drug-related."

The store has been broken into before, but "in the history of the store, and I've lived my whole adult life here, there's never been a holdup," Gatien said.

The men fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of money and the RCMP were quick to respond to the scene, but heavy snow stopped officers from following their trail, said Gatien.

RCMP say they set up several checkpoints and searched all vehicles coming off of the Gondola Point and Grand Bay-Westfield ferries to no avail.

The cashier is shaken up, but was not injured, said Gatien.

Kingston General Merchants was built in 1788 and has served as a hotel, store and apartments over the years, according to Kingston Peninsula Heritage Inc.

Anyone with information about the armed robbery asked to call Hampton RCMP at 506-832-5566, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (*477).