Nova Scotia

'Chicken Burger Lady' dies

Bernice Innes, co-founder of the popular Chickenburger drive-up canteen in Bedford, died on Friday. She was 91.

Bernice Innes, co-founder of the popular Chickenburger drive-up canteen in Bedford, has died. She was 91.

Innes and husband Jack started their business in March 1940. The building on the Bedford Highway became a popular spot over the decades, and Innes became known as the "Chicken Burger Lady."

One worker remembers Innes as a great boss who worked alongside her staff.

"Everybody who worked here loved her," said Velvet States, a Chickenburger employee since 1990.

The Innes family sold the business  in 2007. New owner Mickey MacDonald said the iconic canteen was one of his favourite places to eat.

Innes was never far. She lived next door and could see the Chickenburger from her front window.

"Even when she sold it, this place was still her life," said States. "Every day I think she's still there and I wave to her."

Innes published her memoir, The Life and Times of the Chickenburger, last year as the business celebrated its 70th year.

She died Friday at a Parkland Estates nursing home.

A memorial will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Bedford United Church.

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