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Fuck the IGA

- CE - Wednesday, April 11th, 2007 : goo

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Many people in the traditionally working class neighbourhood of are unhappy with the closure of the small IGA grocery store in favour of the new supermarket style IGA designed to cater to the new, richer, condo buying residents.

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EvilGentleman: 11th Apr 2007 - 01:00 GMT

Is this the one at the corner of Place St-Henri and Notre-Dame?

CE: Yup.

Frank S. Besner: 11th Apr 2007 - 02:11 GMT

I was just at the IGA on Charlevoix, tonight and boy can I vouch for your statement, CE. Prices at these chains are through the roof! I especially love how they compulsively try to con the economy conscious shopper with sales that arent really sales at all. I'm sure you've all done this at some point: lift the little "On Sale" card... At least 1 time out of ten, you're mortified, finding out that either A) there's no discount or B) you're getting screwed, the list price is a whole 10 cents cheaper. This place still beats any grocery store I used to shop at in the Plateau, though...

CE: 12th Apr 2007 - 17:16 GMT

If you go to the one on Notre-Dame in Saint-Henri, there are murals painted on the walls above the shelves. One is a typical picture of the store but the other is of the canal with the new condos in the background. You can't possibly say that the store isn't built for the rich people moving into the condos. Even the decor (which is very upscale) of the store suggests it.

VL: 6th May 2007 - 11:29 GMT

So, that's why. I have just been to that store in St Henri yesterday, and thought that it looked a bit empty for that time of the day (10 customers on a Sunday late afternoon?). Not to mention, I noticed they had piles and piles of fresh groceries rotting away there. It might be a bit early to say, but if they don't start catering their prices to suit the people in that area, I suspect they might go out of business soon.

Rayny: 8th Aug 2007 - 18:11 GMT

Yes, and they are a bunch of assholes at the new store too! I want to punch to manager in the face.

anon ( 12th Aug 2007 - 16:48 GMT

Yes the new IGA is more expensive. There is more variety though. I moved to NDG in '04, and have to say Esposito is more expensive and very limited, not to mention the rent is double! I've regreted the move ever since. If you live in St Henri just be thankful for small mercies.

nancy: 11th Mar 2008 - 00:13 GMT

that old space is still empty...we need a cheap little fruiterie there...the prices at that IGA really are astronomical!! Its also really disorganized...and their organic section sucks..notice too, that anything that is on sale all sugary crap with no nutritional value what so ever...gets you high but leaves you hungry

Ken Maki: 13th Apr 2008 - 14:32 GMT

I agree the owner of the IGA on Charlevoix Pat Tofetta is an ignorant money grabbing PRICK! I say Fuck You IGA!.
Shop at the Maxi on Wellington they treat you like a human being.
I hope the IGA goes out of business.

Mike: 30th Jul 2008 - 12:45 GMT

Indeed, I used to shop at the IGA, while it was further west on N-Dame st., near parc Sir G-. Cartier. I can still remember people stocking up on on chicken legs, milk, canned juices, beer, bananas and peanut butter, the bread was also cheaper. The produce wasn't any nicer though and they rarely label there place of origin. The staff at the new store is pretty much the same, so I don't see anything worthwhile complaining on that front. Though people definetly are walking the extra 5 minutes to get their goods at the Super C on Atwater. This is all true! But if you wanna complain about being poor, go and buy a huge 10 lb. bag of rice, buy goods when in season, eat potatoes in winter and make yerself stuff to freeze for over winter. I dead serious about walking in to grocery stores on the first of the month only to fing the bread isle has been cleaned out. The problem just may be that your buying expensive crap to go on your bread, and buying KD because you've got milk and margarine. We're made to be slaves. Hell it costs less to buy those pastas with niacine and additives than it does the pure semolina flower kinds. Maybe time we wake up!!! Oh, and if you think mighty IGA is closing it's doors when the city of montreal is about to fund redevelopment in the area through decontamination incentives, etc. you've got an other thing coming!! You can thank the cunts that buy out to useless/dreamy/utopic endevors like working for the film industry, media, plastics or workers who accept to work with cancerous materials in once honarable fields such as construction. Get in charge of your life!

lastic: 11th Apr 2009 - 21:18 GMT

I'm one of the allegedly rich in the condos and I think the Charlevoix IGA, rue Mullins, is a disgrace. It's dirty, overpriced, understocked and nasty.

meichenandbrian: 1st May 2009 - 19:09 GMT

you guyz's crazy. go to atwater market for organic fruits. for normal fruits, look in the mirror.

Smartshopper: 3rd May 2009 - 12:52 GMT

I love the IGA in St.Henri and all of the people who shop there! Good food, smiley people. It's just a freekin' grocery store.

yana : 18th May 2009 - 00:36 GMT

i agree the IGA is a bit expensive, but doesn't IGA stand for independent grocer's association? if my money is going towards smaller farmers and not some big chain like super C, i'd pay extra...

do you guys know anything about IGA's policies? i haven't done much research...there has to be a reason why their prices are higher...not just because there are rich condo owners in the area now...

need to vent: 15th Aug 2009 - 18:59 GMT

Sorry, but the staff at the cashes are not friendly, maybe even nasty at times. I have noticed this over and over, and each time I say to myself, oh maybe she's having a bad day and she can't help it. No, wait. I give them my money and I have to avoid certain cashiers, so that I won't be pissed off and leave feeling ichy !?! I think Marche Toppetta owners should send the entire staff on a field trip to the new Metro store also on Notre Dame, near Guy I think. Give them pencils and paper to take notes on how to smile and be friendly to customers. As of today, after another bad experience thanks to Melissa at the courtesy desk (what a joke!), I am never going back. Ohmmm, I feel much better now. Thanks.

Dan the man: 15th Oct 2009 - 19:48 GMT

First things first, the people you are all complaining about work in a poor area and they have to put up with all sorts of shit all the time, so I am sorry if your feelings got hurt.

And secondly, I purchased a condo in the area and I am FAR from rich..., I just realized at a young age that 800 rent and 1000 mortgage it a very easy decision.

Dan the man: work = workers

gail: 18th Nov 2010 - 00:28 GMT


anon ( 1st Mar 2011 - 23:14 GMT

all the employees at this store are very lazy especially the who who work at the cash... they talk to each other over the customers from one cash to another about their stories their personan thing blbbla etc, they are unpolite and very rude cashiers. they thing they all are too good and too smart. fell so bad for the owner who has to pay them salary just to stand and blabla

james: 29th Aug 2011 - 16:21 GMT

IGA is way overpriced...just compare it to Maxi or Super C...for the same product

Ken: 23rd Nov 2011 - 15:01 GMT

I vouched to never return there... the staff that I encountered is down right rude and don't know the meaning of the word "service". Obvoiusly, the management is not providing the training in this area and don't care. Hhmm, when was the last time you had decent service in an IGA outlet? Can't remember, that's how bad this organization is.

anon ( 25th Apr 2012 - 17:32 GMT

IGA in Pt. St. Charles is like the King of stale-dated food. This is has been going on for years. (It's the only big grocery store in the area, so I shop there when I must.)

Mr. IGA: 11th Mar 2013 - 21:10 GMT

You guys that are bad mouthing the topettas have it all wrong!!
They turned your area nicer! Gave it a face lift!! Employed more local workers! They are a family with alot of class!! You people that assume everyone is rich need to stop making assumptions!!
God Bless The Working Class!!!

Claude: 14th Mar 2013 - 16:12 GMT

IGA - Topetta - Rue Mullins @ Charlevoix - Montreal. Many of the staff smoke right ouside the front doors. This fills the entrance way with the disgusting smell of cigarette smoke.

Check out the frozen food section - I almost bought a frozen meal - until I checked the expiration date it was over 5 years old.

SOBEY'S - The Topetta staff are tarnishing your BRAND.

Try to have some compassion!: 31st Dec 2014 - 14:18 GMT

Some people are really unkind and ignorant. As far as I know, Pat donated food for the poor, and when I was caught shoplifting in his store on
Centre he didn't call the fucking cops. Everyone has to make a living and how do you know what his expenses were. Besides this, what kind of ignoramus speaks ill of the dead possibly hurting his family right on the page of his obituary? Whoever started this shitty blog or whatever you call it needs to look at himself before he judges others so harshly. Even money-grabbing people can be forgiven and their good sides looked at. Focus on the good in people and you may become a better person yourself. Don't you have anything better to do than badmouth others? Make things better yourself if you want to.

Whatever you did in your life, Pat Topetta, RIP. This life is a place to learn and we all make BIG mistakes.

And to you alleged rich people in the condos, I'm sure some of you are good people, and some have work to do on themselves, but I, for one, do not like how the condos did away with the crumbling neighborhood that I loved so much, a refuge for foxes and coyotes and skunks, who are being killed to please people who took their homes away in the first place. Humans can be an ugly lot, but I am hoping that compassion will prevail and humanity will one day realize we all can live together.

My condolences to the family and PEACE to all.

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