Familiar face to return to canteen?
North Glengarry will likely give the canteen contract at the Glengarry Sports Palace back to Pierre Brunet (pictured), who oversaw its operation for about two decades.
At the township’s committee of the whole meeting last month, it was mentioned that Mr. Brunet wanted to operate the Alexandria arena’s snack bar.
There were no tenders submitted to run the canteen at the Maxville and District Sports Complex.
“Maxville is a little more segregated and it’s a smaller market,” explained Anne Leduc, the township’s Director of Community Services.
The two canteens pretty much cancelled each out last season with the Glengarry Sports Palace finishing the year with a net gain of $3,765. Maxville’s canteen lost $3,103.
In 2017, Mr. Brunet stopped operating the snack bar at the Billy Gebbie Arena.
While he had been given a chance to extend his contract with the GSP board, Mr. Brunet shut down because the rent had been increased from $500 to $750 per month. Plus, he felt the township was placing too many restrictions on his operation.
About 300 people signed a petition expressing support for him. “Some kids want to come to the rink just to see him, that's how people like this guy,” said one supporter.
When he had informed the township that he would not renew the agreement, the municipality opted for an “internal management” approach. “I am waiting to see what would be in the contract,” he told
last week. He had complained two years ago about the township’s caveat that he sell only food at the snack bar. Mr. Brunet had sold a variety of products, such as tape and flags. -