Nova Scotia

Margolians opens doors for closing sale

Shoppers in Truro are lamenting the loss of a decades-old family-owned department store.
Margolians, in Truro, opened its doors for an end of an era sale on Friday as it prepares to shut down. (CBC)

Shoppers in Truro are lamenting the loss of a decades-old family-owned department store.

Margolians — arguably the best-known store in downtown Truro — opened its doors for an "end of an era" sale on Friday as it prepares to shut down after 88 years in business.

"I can't imagine Truro without a Margolians," said Sally Jennings, who grew up in the town.

"I remember, as a little girl, running my hardest to get into Margolians because my mum would buy me something here. I've shopped here since I was five years old. It's heart-wrenching."

Margolians, which is known for selling famous brands at reasonable prices, is closing in January.

The president of Margolians Maritimes Ltd. said earlier this week that the business has been struggling over the past few years because of changing consumer habits and increased competition.

Becky McDonald, a student at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in Truro, called the closure a "downer."

"We always come here for all of our clothes, and so it's obviously going to be a big downer for us, for sure," she told CBC News.

Ed Casey, who has been selling shoes at Margolians for 26 years, said the personal service is what made the difference at the store.

"The trick is to understand your customer and know how the product that you're selling, fits," he said Friday.

Loyal customers, like Jennings, were holding out hope the store's owners might change their minds about the closure.

"I am hoping that our new shipbuilding contract will bring lots of people to Truro, and I don't know if they would reconsider," she said.

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