Saturday, January 28, 4:45 pm, Showplace

Towns End

Towns End

  • Megan Murphy
  • 23 minutes
  • 2016
  • Canada
  • Saturday, January 28, 4:45 pm, Showplace
Sponsored by  CUPE Local 3908; Downtown Business Improvement Area; Farms At Work; Ontario Public Service Employee’s Union Local 352; Peterborough Greens; Trent Community Research Centre

A historic locally-run family business in Douro closes down in the face of corporate superstores.

After 124 years in business, PG Towns & Sons General Store in Douro is forced to close its doors for good. Through four generations, the Towns family ran a shop that was vital to the vibrancy of the community. Now, with the encroachment of subdivisions and big-box stores, their independent shop can no longer survive. What will happen to this village when it loses its heartbeat? In the battle of ever-expanding corporate superstores versus locally run family businesses, the question remains: what do we really value?