69 years in business — time to smell the roses

Shoes moving over to the sporting goods store

Article by Valerie MacDonald/above image Apple Street view

In this, the 69th year the Sommerville family has operated Sommerville’s Sporting Goods in downtown Cobourg, the head of its current business generation, Dave Sommerville, says they are selling one of their two buildings and consolidating.

“It’s got nothing do to with COVID,” he told the News Now Network. “Business is good.”

Instead, it has everything, he says, to do with having a little “more time” for the 65-year-old to be with his wife, daughter and grandchildren.

A young Peterborough couple is purchasing 78 King Street West (where the leisure and footwear store is now) bringing in “new blood,” he said taking possession May 7.

The sporting goods store located at 84 King St. W is undergoing painting and new flooring with the footwear business going into the rear of the building. Sommerville’s will no longer carry ladies’ wear and ski wear, Sommerville said.

Inventory liquidation will take place from April 1 to May 1 with an ongoing sale.

Sommerville’s father started the business in 1952 and bought 84 King St. W 10 years later. His mom first operated a toy store at another downtown location before that separate business was taken to 78 King St. W., he said.

Sommerville has been a landlord for 40 years and though he says he has great tenants, it is time for a change and “to smell the roses” along the way.

Downtown Cobourg has been good to the family and Sommerville said he was pleased to see a young couple coming into the area “who are also in love with Cobourg.”

He said he does know what their particular plans are for the building but that they want to retire here.

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