Hi Normand and Marty,
Great video's on the Point, the Village and Griffintown Normand. My dad had a grocery store on Centre street two blocks up from St. Gabriels. At the end of one of the videos as they are panning down Centre you see the old store all boarded up. Bernie Constantini and I used to deliver beer out of my house on Gregory every weekend to help my dad survive. It didn't work.
To run that kind of business you had to hold a line of credit for your customers and stay on top of them. Dad didn't have the patients for the people. When he lost the business the bailiff tried to take the house but Dad's lawyer was waiting for him and through him out.