Some history of the triplets
All three buildings were built in the late 1800s. They’ve housed a variety of businesses over the years. Here’s a few.
Bucky Devine (Bucky’s Sporting Goods) occupied 258 Main St. for a while, followed by Wyman’s Watch Repairs.
The first two buildings (#258 and #260) used to be a souvenir shop: Mr. Leonard’s Store.
260 Main St. was once Clean-Rite drycleaners
262 Main St. was once Hardings (sold pots/pans and dinnerware) At one time The Credit Store, owned by Sheldon Cohen, occupied 262 and the first floor of the old Yarmouth Hotel. The Downtown Business Corporation was also in one of the triplet buildings at one time.
new gyprock and new ceilings (an original tin ceiling was kept).
A large second-floor apartment overlooking the harbour bridges the first two buildings he completed. With the purchase of the third building, LeBlanc also acquired a commercial lot on Hawthorne Street that he says he’s not sure what he’ll do with yet.
He says his hope in revitalizing the three buildings is that they will make locals and visitors smile when they walk down Main Street and feel good about being here.
He adds that landlords don’t seem to realize that good tenants won’t be attracted if a tired old building is what’s offered.
“Once I started renovating those two buildings my phone was ringing off the hook when people realized what I was doing to them,” he says.
“I signed up three leases without the buildings even being completed. Like Kevin Costner says in Field of Dreams: ‘Build it and they will come.’”