Amherstonians heading to New Brunswick to do their shopping
The Co-op in Sackville, N.B., was busy with customers Friday afternoon. The store said many of their shoppers are Amherst residents, who have remained loyal Co-op members since the store in Amherst closed. Raissa Tetanish Amherst Daily News
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.