- Published: Thursday, 04 June 2020 08:18
- Written by Letter to the Editor
Our involvement with Stedmans in Meaford started in August 1983, when we learned that the franchisees (Don and Carole Genova) wanted to leave retailing and go in a different direction. Don and Carole were our neighbours in East York a number of years before that, and I had actually found them a Stedmans franchise for sale in Meaford, when Don was ready to self retire after years at the TTC.
Finding retail was a little hard on the nerves and unlike ourselves, having no previous experience in retail, they agreed to sell us the franchise. We had an established Stedmans franchise in Wasaga Beach since 1979, and made the decision to purchase Meaford in the fall of 1983 (Sept. 2, 1983). As we could not spread ourselves too thin in managing two stores, we were on the lookout for a store manager in Meaford, where fortunately for us Pat Ham had just started working part time at Stedmans.