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Grafton Eats hopes to be open by the new year

Article by Valerie MacDonald

Soups2Go owner Terry Carruthers has bought a historic building at the intersection of Cty Rd 2 and Old Danforth Road across from the Grafton Inn and the Alnwick/Haldimand town hall in Grafton from Ste. Anne’s owner Jim Corcoran.  

Jim Corcoran told the News Now Network recently that he had purchased the building (where a deli, the former Shelter Valley Folk Festival ticket office and many other businesses have operated) but that he was prepared to sell it to Carruthers after it became clear she needed a place for her business.

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Carruthers has needed a storefront to sell her products that include soups, stews, chilli and more since Alnwick/Haldimand council would not extend the lease at the canteen next to the arena in Grafton where she had been operating a take out business during the pandemic.

She confirmed to the News Now Network that the sale has concluded, and next week a meeting of the renovation trades will take place on-site, as the design for Soups2Go’s new location is completed.

“I’d like to be open before the new year,” she said, adding that could be too optimistic.

“There is a lot of good history here” and a good feeling in the building, she also said.

Intending to support local businesses, Carruthers said, “We’re hoping to celebrate as many small business offering in the space that we can,” Carruthers added.

Of course, those diverse offerings will include the delicious soups she and her team make, as well as items from Ste. Anne’s gluten-free bakery. At this time, Soups2Go is operating out of a mobile unit located next to the shop on Academy Hill Road east of Grafton where Carruthers team is working until the new space is ready. The mobile is open seven days a week.

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In a social media post, Carruthers states she so “delighted” with her business’s new home and thankful for Corcoran for selling her the heritage building.

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