A new business is making its way to Pictou County with the help of the Zehr family who just moved here from Ontario.
Peter Zehr and his family are getting ready to open a market-style business in Alma, on the side of the highway at the intersection near the former Magic Valley fun park.
“We’re planning on having a market-type store,” said Zehr. The operation will feature food products such as Zehr’s own sausages and other local meats, cheeses, fresh produce in the summertime as well as a deli and takeout food including a menu with items like hamburgers or their sausage on a bun.
Zehr isn’t new to the game of running a business; in Ontario, his family has a business of the same type that has been running for more than 30 years. After deciding on a change of scenery, the Zehrs ended up moving to Pictou County with the local Mennonite church being a big draw for them to choose this area. As for the plot of land where the store will go, Zehr said it is in a great spot between two highways and another main road. The area is just far enough out of town to suit the store but not too long of a drive for in-town customers.
Work on the lot began around the end of November/beginning of December and so far, the lot has been cleared and levelled with concrete lampposts being poured.
“What I’m looking forward to the most is seeing the first customers and getting our product ready for sale,” Zehr said. “I know a lot of people are wondering what is happening here,” he laughed.
If everything goes according to plan, he hopes to have the business open mid to late summer of this year. There are no plans as to what they are going to call the business yet.
Zehr added that they are also looking for local producers who would like to have their product in the market. It could be anything that fits the market format, such as honey, maple syrup or other similar items. He mentioned that if there are any local producers who would like to be involved and showcase their products at the new store they can contact him at (902)-759-7495.
Peter Zehr stands by the lot where his new market will be built. (Brimicombe photo)