SCUGOG: It was the end of an era earlier this month, as Jeff’s Centre Island Store, on Scugog Island, officially closed its doors for the last time.
The store, located at 20050 Island Rd., was recently purchased by the Mississaugas of Scugog Island. Chief Kelly LaRocca told The Standard they plan to submit an application for a demolition permit, to Scugog Township, to have the building torn down.
“We hope the Township will see that the building has long outlived its useful existence, and we think the first nation would do better with a clean slate,” the Chief said.
Despite being a staple of Scugog Island for many years, and being the site for some historical accomplishments, Chief LaRocca said the building’s aging state is the main reason they would like to have it demolished.
“Although I do respect the historical significance of the building, I don’t feel the majority of Scugog Island residents would feel it is important to maintain a building that is dilapidated,” she said.
As well, the Mississaugas are planning to have a convenience store built as part of their planned commercial complex, near the Great Blue Heron casino.
Construction on the complex, which is also expected to include a Tim Hortons restaurant, is currently underway and is expected to be completed by late March or early April. Chief LaRocca said the Mississaugas have not yet decided what they will do with the Centre Island Store site.
“We know it won’t be a convenience store. It will likely be some sort of public place that would showcase our community and our culture,” she said.