Running for the border

Raissa Tetanish
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Amherstonians heading to New Brunswick to do their shopping

Running for the border

SACKVILLE, N.B. - Groceries and gas are the hot ticket items that Nova Scotians are crossing the border for.
During a visit to Sackville on Friday afternoon, Co-op store manager Sherry Bickerton said a number of their regulars are from the Amherst area.
"Some of the shoppers come for the specials, because I do take flyers to the Co-op gas bar (in Amherst)," said Bickerton, who hails from Amherst.
Greta Patterson, the head cashier at the food chain, said they have "hundreds" of their customers from across the border that pay a visit to the store every week.
"It's because they're still Co-op members," she said. "When the Amherst Co-op closed, they began coming here and they've been very loyal."
Many Nova Scotians shop in New Brunswick because of cheaper prices for cigarettes, milk and gas.
At the set of traffic lights beside the Esso and Irving stations, three out of four vehicles leaving the pumps had Nova Scotia plates.
Regular self-serve gas was $1.028 per litre Friday in Sackville. It was $1.069 in Amherst.
At the NB Liquor Store beside the food market, the store manager did say customers buy their scotch at the store, but referred all other questions to Nora Lacey in communications, who didn't respond to a voice message Friday.

Organizations: Amherst Co-op, Esso, NB Liquor Store

Geographic location: Amherst, SACKVILLE, New Brunswick Nova Scotians Nova Scotia

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  • Ron
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Amherst has it good. Because many people don't realize that the savings in NB gas actually increased property taxes in NB. So the people of NB are not getting any breaks because they are psying for it on the other end. Amherst, despite losing local business, is taking advantage of lower prices while paying less on their own taxes.

  • karen
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    What is wrong with trying to save money no matter where its at? Its just too bad the Sackville NB has better prices then any wheres in NS I go to Sackville every month when I get my check so much cheaper.

  • IP
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Yes, it must be the paper's fault. Every day it orders people to act and they always follow. Oh how I long for the days when people were free thinkers and did what they wanted. But no more. Now they do what the newspaper says - in fact, the newspaper is to blame for all the world's problems.
    Let's close them all and live long and prosper in our ignorance.

  • know it all
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Again ADN can't find anything news worthy and starts this crap all over again - Does the editor never think about what he is doing in driving customers away from where they sell their papers - What will the ADN do next rent the buses to drive people to shop elsewhere ? I for one sell ADN at my business and will not after today , ADN you have cut the Amherst business throat for the last time - I am calling for a boycott of the Amherst snooze as of today -

  • Rocket
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    So tomorrow when someone goes into a store that previously sold the ADN to buy their paper, and suddenly that store is not carrying it, would that customer please come on here and let us know who it is? Thanks so much!

  • Troy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    Know it all,,,Do you really think that because you don't like a story that the amherst daily news writes that you throw a hissy fit and say your not selling their papers in your store anymore is really going to make them retract the story and come to your knees,,your only hurting yourself,,customers will just go to another store and buy their paper and other products,, but Knowing the comments that have come from you in the past,,I now Know why you hide behind an alias,,cause if people really knew who you were saying all these stupid comments you would be out of business for sure and wishing you still had the ADN to sell, to feed your kids.

  • Kathy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good point, Wondering from NS! And it's not just the big chains - I look out my office window at the cars parked in front of Dayles, and close to half of them have New Brunswick plates - so it does work both ways!

  • Switters
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    This is an example of the personal being political.

    Sure, we don't think about it, we have our daily routines and where we're buying our stuff doesn't doesn't faze us.

    But the financial situation at Province House has forced us to take a second look. Just where are our loyalties?

    At times it feels as though we are one larger community with Sackville, but once in awhile we get smacked hard in the face with the kind of reality in this piece.

  • Troy
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Well we could argue all day about being loyal to amherst stores and so on and so on,,but you can't blame people for going for a short drive 10 minutes to sackville to save just can't blame them.

  • red
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Out of all this blabbering and bickering not one person has brought to attention the real reason why us amherstonians drive the ten minutes across the border to NB. For some, it very well may be the extra dollar or two off a box of twinkies, or that club pack of pork chops with the free 2 litres of ice cream, but for me its the simple yet sufficient 6 or 7 cents off gas. maybe when our governments decide to come together and meet with a standardized fuel economy...we will venture into a more level playing field when it comes to who has the better lettuce in the produce section of our respected supermarkets. Until then...find something worth while to fight about, like why it took until the third period of the rambler game before a donation table for Hati relieve was set up? Hmmmm...possibly cut into 50/50 sales mr el president??

  • jason
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    IP ... lol

  • camper
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Good point Kathy, every 3rd plate I see at the malls are from NB

  • Wondering
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    On the flip side... I wonder how many Sackville residents go to the big chains Amherst has to offer?