Port Morien in Cape Breton Region, Nova Scotia — The Atlantic Provinces (North America)
Morien Businesses of the Past
About 1922, a four-storey store was built at the corner of Breakwater and Main St. by P.J. Leslie's, a dry goods operation selling lumber from a storage yard located adjacent to St. John's Church. The store was located on this site. There were a number of apartments located in the building. Shores Chain Stores operated in the building for a period of time. Johnny Prendergast
The Landrys operated a store on the corner of Breakwater and Main. They sold the business to Alfred Trenholm. Ed Peters acquired the business, and he sold it to the Shore family, who owned a local chain of stores. Apartments were located on the second floor of this building. They had previously been located in the O.J. Spencer store a few hundred meters from here on Main Street.
In the late 1960's, Hopper MacLeod, who managed the store at the time, purchased the operation. His family continued to run the store after his death in 2000.
Directly behind this store, on Breakwater Street, the Modern Clothing store did a thriving business for about 20 years until the late 1960's. It was owned by Hopper MacLeod and Harold Wadden, and operated on a daily basis by Mr. Wadden. He also had a barber shop there and sold insurance.
Across the town square, on the opposite side of Main Street, there was once a cobbler shop and later a grocery store. Across Breakwater Street from this site, on the same side of Main Street, was a very large building known as MacArel's
The MacRury Store was located next to the MacArel store on Main Street. It included the post office, and after being rented to Andrew Satton, was purchased by Cyril Barro Sr. His store was part of the Lucky Dollar Chain. Upon his retirement, his son Cyril Jr. ran the business.
1. Landry's Store, later the site of Hopper's store, was on the corner of Breakwater and Main St.
2. McArel's Store — later MacAulay's Funeral Home, it was torn down in the late 50's.
3. The Modern Cooperative was managed by Arthur Bray.
4. Interior Photo of the Port Morien Cheap Store. Over the years the counter on the left served as the grocery counter.
5. Workers in front of the Port Morien Cheap Store during a sale. JT Irwin is pictured second from the right. Next to Mr. Irwin is Clyde Spencer.
6. Shore's store. This store became Hopper's store. Still in the family, it is now a one-storey building.
7. This store was operated by the Barro Family. Mr. Barro replaced the original structure in the 1950s. The store closed in 1991.
8. Arthur Bray's store in the 1970s, formerly P.J. Leslie's.
Erected by Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation, Cape Breton County Economic Development Authority, and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 46° 8.01′ N, 59° 52.366′ W. Marker is in Port Morien, Nova Scotia, in Cape Breton Region. Marker is at the intersection of Marconi Trail (Nova Scotia Route 255) and Breakwater Street, on the right when traveling north on Marconi Trail. Marker is located in a roadside interpretive plaza at the southeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Morien NS B1B 1A8, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Morien Institutions (here, next to this marker); Morien's Legacy (here, next to this marker); Flint Island Light Station (approx. half a kilometer away); Gowrie and North Atlantic Collieries (approx. half a kilometer away); The Fishery in Port Morien (approx. half a kilometer away); Morien Bay (approx. half a kilometer away); First Boy Scout Troop in North America The First Coal Workings in North America (approx. 0.6 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Morien.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Port Morien Interpretive Walking Tour
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