January 3rd, 2019 Rita Wiebe sold Wiebe’s Corner Store in Sinclair to Brian and Elisa Grenier.
In 1975, Mark and Rhonda Wilton sold the Sinclair General Store to Mr. Fred Wiebe. Mr. Wiebe changed the name to Wiebe’s Grocery Store. In 1986, Fred’s children, Murray and Rita Wiebe, purchased the store from their father, changing the name to Wiebe’s Corner Store.
After running the store in the old building for six years, Murray and Rita decided to build a new store at a new location. They moved a former carpenter shop from Kola to 31 Railway Avenue, slightly east of the old store. Murray and Rita moved into their new store Thanksgiving weekend of 1992 and it’s been in the same location ever since.
In 1993, Rita purchased Murray’s share of the store. It contained a postal outlet, photocopying and faxing, Bothwell cheese, quality deli meats, small giftware items, small electrical appliances, small hardware needs, Vern’s Pizza as well as a fully stocked grocery line. Rita installed a new three-door freezer, new flooring and air conditioning.
No job is too big or too small for Rita, she and her staff offered homemade sandwiches and coffee for travellers and workers, catered meals, prepared meat and cheese trays. Wiebe’s Corner Store is a family tradition and has been a trusted community business for over 43 years.
On August 5, 2015 Wiebe’s Corner Store served coffee and snacks to celebrate 40 years in business.
Rita wishes each and every customer all the best and plans on staying on with the store and helping with the transition for six months then her plans include doing some travelling to see her family. “I plan on seeing more of my family that are scattered over Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Arizona,” said Wiebe. “I don’t think I will go far, Sinclair is my home and I enjoyed my customers in Sinclair and neighbouring communities.
We wish Rita all the best in the future, hoping that retirement brings good health and happiness. Watch next week’s paper for an interview with the new owners.