adidas man bags Kidston Landing shutting down after 30 years of business

adidas predator 2002 Kidston Landing shutting down after 30 years of business

Kidston Landing Country Store, which has operated on Baddeck’s main street for 30 years, will close the end of the year.

“Personally I think it’s a huge loss to the town. This wasn’t an easy decision to make,” said owner Ron Lagace. “I have two grandchildren now, one in Arizona and one in Montreal. If I’m ever going to see them I had to make a decision, and we made that decision as a family. I’m going to miss the business and the town. The people have been very good to our store for which we are grateful. It was a lot of hard work, and a lot of fun.”

“I’ve owned the store for 11 years, and it’s reached a stage in my life where I want to move on,” said Lagace. “I live in Ontario, but I have a connection to Cape Breton. My wife is from Sydney, and has a lot of family in Cape Breton.”

Lagace, who has a house on the island, had a 30 plus year corporate life before he bought Kidston Landing.

“It has been a labour of love, I will miss it,” said Lagace, who is usually in Baddeck March through to September. “We have the key elements of a destination type store great assortment, great value and the staff just put us over the top. There is definitely a feeling of sadness that so far no one has purchased the business to keep it going.”

The business went up for sale in July, but Lagace said those candidates that did show an interest in buying it,
adidas man bags Kidston Landing shutting down after 30 years of business
didn’t follow through.

The land and building are also up for sale.

On average Kidston Landing has a staff of four or five people.

Doreen MacRae, left and her friend Marcie MacDermid, both from Point Edward, travelled to Baddeck Wednesday to shop at the iconic Kidston Landing.

“I feel quite bad that the store will close,” said Shirley Hart, who worked for Lagace, as well as the previous owners, Bruce and Peggy Anderson. “They were so good to me as employers, both the Anderson’s and Ron and Melanie (Lagace). “I’m very sad to see it close; it’s a loss for Baddeck. I loved the store and I will miss it.”

Another long time business, The Blue Heron closed its doors in the spring, and Arlie’s located next door to Kidston Landing is also in the process of closing.

“A new shop has opened up in the Blue Heron location for artisans in Victoria County, so it’s nice to see that happen,” said Alicia Lake, Pan Cape Breton Food Hub coordinator, who lives in Baddeck. “There are fantastic shops and businesses in the village, and to that end the Baddeck and Area Business Association has expanded its annual Christmas In Baddeck celebration from a one day to a three day event.”

Christmas In Baddeck takes place this weekend featuring a wide range of activities from the traditional parade and tree lighting, to kid’s workshops,
adidas man bags Kidston Landing shutting down after 30 years of business
skating parties and bonfires.

Next