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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, October THI LETHBRIDOt HRALD 19 Business Talk by The Corner Grocer nrOE first draft of the a storekeeper he is a out the candies. 1 closing bylaw leaves of tire young. Even wondered aloud whether for improvement but it's miserable ones can kids got any breakfast at fying to know that someone to a childs and where they got all taking the neighborhood grocer and confectioner into bit of nostalgia? Perhaps. But in this fast-paced world money. Some had dollar bills! They bought lots of to drop in to your potato chips1 and pop- At least some protection has been written into the first grocer for a little bit of chit-chat. I would like By the rush was over. of the bylaw which was published this girl to experience relations similar to what I had total of 42 children and two adults had been served. Wanda The bylaw is only comer grocer, an experience one cannot get as to school. nary and may be rewritten several times before council votes on it. The bylaw may even be thrown out. I hope in the major "push-em-through" stores. uncovered the produce and freezer goods and restocked the coolers for his "of- and I hope what little protection now is written in will all day Tuesday at El-la'i, Grocery and 9 a.m. opening. For the rest of the morning 9th Ave. and 11 St. was busy waiting on It is difficult to imagine what this city would be like without Uie corner grocery. There get an idea of the trials and tribulations faced by the neighborhood grocer in this ordering products, checking deliveries, popping corn for the day and bagging about 35 of them now and they provide a valuable and needed competitive society and to determine the services of it. Francis arrived at and started sweeping up. They man- My initial business experience was gained in a corner grocery. I learned the value of a penny; how to make change; what 1 could touch and what I could not touch (sometimes the hard certain courtesies based on the first-come, first-served is open roughly 13 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year except Christmas Day. Wednesday afternoons and Sunday are the busiest days. The store is operated by Ernest Dudley and his wife Francis. Their three children, Tom, 13, Wanda, to have a coffee break in the back room by taking shifts. A salesman got a roasting :rom Ernest over prices but left with an order on Hie condition that the company give the store a two per cent discount. "The little fellow has to work hard and carefully to buy at (I also learned, that when approaching the store at the same time as another customer, if I got in the door first by running, I'd get served first.) Those experiences were encountered when I was too young to go off the block. I earned a certain independence very early. The corner grocer gave me my first regular job. 1 learned how to stock shelves and bins; now to get rid of older products first; how to handle Byron, 9, sometimes lend a hand. Two part-time women look after the store Fridays and Saturdays, to give the Dudleys some time off, although not enough to go anywhere because the children are in school Friday. At a.m. Tuesday, as 1 waited for Elta's to open, two boys and a dog arrived at the store. By there were 10 boys, three girls, three bicycles and two dogs waiting for the store to best prices if be is going to compete with the chain says Ernest. At the school children started coming in. One yo-yo was sold and another stolen cutting the profit on the box in half. The yo-yos and string were moved behind glass to eliminate further shoplifting. Little did Ernest realize that before the day was over he would sell all of the two dozen packages of yo-yo strings he received that morning. tomers; how to get rid of mouse droppings on goods stored in the musty, stinky basement; that if toe eggs I was delivering got broken, my weekly pay was less; some business responsibility; that all was not rosy in the working world. The corner grocer is and Wanda arrived. A box of stuff under one arm and a coffee pot in Uie other hand, Ernest unlocked the doors and by the time he had deposited his load and turned on the lights, a crowd of kids gathered at the candy counter and toys section. Wanda does his bit in teaching the kids something about nusiness and prices. He even Reaches a few adults. Asked about the price of an item, he might reply, "10 cents each or two for a quarter." If a person decides to go for the "bargain" of two for a quarter, looks at them quizzically. If no reaction from the PRAIRIE LIVESTOCK Ernest ask what they think of the bargain. HERD FOUNDATION they still don't catch on, he explains "the much o tile chagrin of Uie cusomer. gels annoyed if not Featuring at times. WELSH the noon-hour rush is the Dudleys have been Thurs., Nov. llth, at At the Sales Yard, WESTERN CANADIAN WELSH CATTLE OF CANADA LTD. 7 Purebred Welsh Black Bull Calvei 3 Purebred Heifer Co SALE HARRY NEITZ 30 Angus Char. X bred Welsh C. W. LUND 60 Crossbred Heifers bred Welsh THE FARM D. C. LUND 30 Cows and heifers bred Welsh ALBERTA 1 Half bred Welsh Black Heifer HOWARD JONES 6 Vi bred Welsh Black Bull NOV. 2nd bred Welsh Black NOON 5 Angus Cowi bred Welsh E. V. KERKOFF 20 cross bred cow. bred Welsh NORMAN HANSEN 20 Charo ais Heifers bred Murray ALL WESTERN 15 Charolais Heifers bred Welsh Black 15 Hereford Heifers bred Red BRED BOB OBER bred Welsh Black t cows bred Welsh 12 head of top quality Simmental and timousin Bull the best In Cctna- over 60 Breeding. its inception, perform- Sale'Conducted PRAIRIE LIVESTOCK P.O. Box 7331 TABER Phone FARM AND RANCH GARY JENSEN, J. Ertckson, Owner Box 96 ALBERTA REGULAR CATTLE 403-222.3943 'tssssfflBri MONDAYS ffiHHKGK At the AT p.m. SPECIAL CALF HOTEL WITH TO OFFER SATURDAY, NOVEMBER WE NOW HAVI COLORED TV and EVERY SATURDAY in Your In Reservotloni STOCK COW AND ASK FOR BRED HEIFER DISTANCE 0-7255 Thursday, November 18th at no cost to you PRAIRIE LIVESTOCK PHONE 223-3911, TABER DAY OR Auctioneer! Salei HOTEL JOHNNY CHARITON OARY Calgory Troll lie. 293 WMKI Alberta (403) 434-3431 037-2510 fed in the back room and Er- nest has left to do the banking and to pick up some pumpkins and bananas. In Uie afternoon deliveries are put away. A box of extra fancy apples ordered in the morning is short five apples worth 55 cents. Ernest phones the wholesaler and gets a credit. The after-school and supper rush period over, Ernest and Francis sorted pop bottles, did bookwork, mopped floors, wait- ed on customers, wrote up or- ders for the following day, an- swered the telephone, tried to find missing kids, shovelled the sidewalk and discussed the life of a confectioner. The last of four customers was served at Some of the lights were turned out when another customer popped in for a package of Export As and chit-chat. The busy over, 13 hours after it started. A total of 350 customers had been served less than usual. Ernest left for home to get up at 7 the next morning, have breakfast, drop the kids off at school and open the store for another day of business. What would those 350 cus- tomers have done if the corner store had not been there? While prices may seem high at times, there are many things to take into consideration such as quality of merchandise, per- sonal service and hours of ser- vice. The mark-ups are not that great on many items either. One customer purchased a pound of butter, a loaf of bread and a quart of milk for Ella's received three cents for the bread, twc cents for the butter and one cent for the milk for a gross profit of six cents. Subtract the Hi cents day -was finally Bond prices Supplied by Doherty Roadhouse and McCuaig Bros. GOVERNMENT OF BONDS GOVERNMENT OF CANADA GUARANTEED BONDS can. Nst. Rlwy. Bid As 6 Apr. 1, '71 Matured Sept. 1, '72 99.90 100.10 Oct. 1, '75 101.00 102.00 8 Jul. 1, '78 110.00 112.00 Sept. 1, '83 86.00 87.00 Perp. 3 Sep. 15 40.00 42.00 6V4% Apr. 1, '75 104.00 105.00 Jul 1, "75 106.50 107.50 Sep. 1, '93 88.00 90.00 Alberta Ontario 7 Ont Hyd 9 PROVINCIAL '90 107.00 109.00 '88 94.00 9600 '94 110.00 112.00 New Brun '90 109.00 111.00 Nfid N S Quebec Alberta Man Hyd Sask Nfld ACT Man Tel '74 100.00 6V4% '92 88.00 90.00 '74 101.00 103.00 '90 108.00 110.00 8 f. '91 101.00 103.00 '90 107.00 9Vt Alta G T 9V'4% Alcan B.C. For M4% B.C. Tel Bell Tel Bell Tel CPR 8% CP Sec Cdn UtQ CMHC Gulf Oil Inter P P Massey Noranda 9Vi% Int Nickel N and C G 914% St of Cdn Tr Cdn P Tr Cdn P 10% '90 107.00 109.00 '74 104.00 106.00 '74 104.00 106.00 '90 106.00 108.00 '91 108.00 '92 105.00 107.00 '50 107.00 109.00 '79 108.00 110.00 '93 110.00 112.00 '89 105.00 107.00 '90 105.00 107.00 '91 106.00 '90 106.00 108.00 '90 105.00 '90 108.00 '80 105.00 107.00 '90 107.00 '90 107.00 '91 106.00 108.00 '90 108.00 '90 108.00 110.00 '90 110.00 113.00 CONVERTIBLES Alta G T n% Cons Gas 5te% Scur Rain Tr Cdn P 5 WC Tr C WC Tr Dynasty 7 Acklands '90 121.00 126.00 '89 95.00 97.00 '88 86.00 88.00 '89 88.00 92.00 '88 87.00 90.00 '91 112.00 115.00 '82 65.00 75.00 '88 79.00 83.00 Texaco income on upswing MONTREAL (CP) Texaco Canada Ltd. reports net income of or a share for tiie nine months raided Sept. 30, a I9.5-por-cent increase over the or a share registered during the corre- sponding period last year. Texaco President A. G. Far- quharson said in a statement he improved performance was due to higher volumes in all op- erations and improved potro- eum product prices, especially during the period from April to September. HABITAT RESTRICTED The flnr family of fish arc found only in North American waters, for the bag the items were put in and the profit is cut to cents. Nothing is chalked up for handling the items, bookkeep- ing and other overhead, such as running the cooler. "We lose money on cays Ernest, "but we carry it for the customer and hope he will buy something else to de- fray the loss." In survey of other confee tionaries, milk was the lowest of the profit items with con- doms, having a 400 per cent mark-up, at the top of the list. Business in the latter line, one confectioner said, has dropped off sharply, "But we still get the occasional customer." Candy and toys are about the biggest profit items with toys marked up as much as a third and candy from 28 to 35 per cent. Pop ranges from 13 to 20 per cent mark-up with canned goods 17 to 20 per cent. At 65 cents a package, the con- fectioner makes about eight cents on a package of oiga- icttes. Their cost is about a carton. A big complaint on pricing is that some of the chain stores offer items as lost leaders at prices below what the small in- dependent is charged by the wholesalers. Lost leaders are designed to get the customer into the store with the hope he or she will buy other regularly- priced items. How about the hours the con- fectioner or comer grocery store operator puts in? One grocer sums it up thusly: "I'm open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., 366 days a year the Lord gave me an extra day. I've been in business 32 years and I've had five stores. My last holiday was 20 years ago. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn't go into the grocery business. Most contend that if they put in the same hours for some- body else, they would make more money. They also say, however, tiey couldn't make as much money as they do in their stores because they can't get the same hours working for somebody else. The small grocer gets his re- wards but generally his social life is pretty lousy. A valuable service by dedi- cated people? You bet. We need them. Let's do what we can to keep them. Oil, gold take beating By PETER LEICHNITZ Canadian Frets Staff Writer Western oil and gold Issues suffered the sharpest losses as prices on major Canadian mar- kets continued their downward slide in light trading this week. A further prime rate reduc- tion, the second in less than a week, by the major chartered banks failed to reverse the de- cline. All of the banks announced early in the week that they were reducing their prime rate, the rate of interest charged to their best customers, to six from Wi per cent. One analyst said the rate re- ductions, on a short-term basis, are having an adverse effect on the market. "With banking rates going down the bond market is be- coming a much more attractive investment to many he said. During the week, the Toronto market's industrial index dropped 1.40 points to 160.82. Thursday, it closed at its lowist level of the year, 160.29. At New York, prices plunged sharply lower for the fourth consecutive session in light trading. On the Montreal and Cana- dian exchanges, the composite index fell 1.94 points to 165.52. Combined volume on the two exchanges was 7.29 million shares, compared with 3.83 mil- lion last week. By Gene Fawcetlo THE WORLDS FIRST "LOCK- BASED ON THE HO.06RAM HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED INSWITZR LAND. A CARD WITH A HOLD- GRAPHICALLY-CODED NUMBER IS READ BYAN ORDINARY LIGHT BULB AND COMPARED WITH A NUMBER PUNCHEDOLTT ON A CONNECTED THIS ALMOST COMPLfTttf FOOLPROOF UNLOCKS 90 SKONDS OMCff 3O3A TBtbtoln uddr.il to wrfll rwfurrtiw fnfaifflolicn, l.nd tla.np.rj, l.ll-cddV.lltrj, .nvllBp. I. HtW! Canada WlaV EXCLUSIVE FRANCHISE AVAILABLE PFAFF the sewing machine that makes all others ob- solete now offers an exclusive franchise for Lethbridge and area. Small Investment will give outstanding re- turn. BOX 12, LETHBRIDGE HERALD COURSES IN WELDING Learn how to weld your own equipment, or learn the skill of welding for a trade, or simply as a hobby. All levels of welding will be offered. length of Program: 6 Weeks (November 8 to December 17, 1971) Fee: For further Information contact Director of the School of Technical-Vocational Education LETH8RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Phone: 327-2141 WEEKEND SPECIALS at CENTRE VILLAGE Store Hours Mon., Tuej., Wed., Thurs. and Frl. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. COALDALE PRICES EFFECTIVE UNTIL CLOSING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30th, 1971 In yesterday's paper this Item ihould read TABLERITE RED BRAND STEER BEEF T-Bone Steakj or Club Steaks......Ib. Steer Beef Volume Toronto was 7.73 million shares, compared with 7.06 million last week. At New York, the Dow Jones Industrial average of 30 key blue-chip industrial issues dropped 13.37 points to 839.00. In the fast three weeks the index has dropped more than 63 poults. Volume at New York was 48.06 million shares, down from 69.35 million last week. Monday, trading was the lightest of lie National legal aid in prospect OTTAWA (CP) Justice Minister John Turner said Fri- day he will shortly propose to the cabinet federal participation in a national legal aid service. Interviewed at a conference year with only 7.34 mfflloo shares changing hands. Gold issues plunged sharply lower following a drop In the price of gold on international money markets. The Toronto market's gold index was off 10.30 to 132.22. The world's leading nickel producer, Inco, announced Fri- day that 11 was reducing pro- duction by 15 per cent due to a drop in demand for the metal. The cutbacks arc in addition to a seven per cent reduction an- nounced in August. Combined with a dividend re- duction by Falconbridge Nickel j earlier in the month, the move I confirmed investor concern over the earnings of major basa metal producers. At Toronto, the baso metal Index fell 2.88 to 69.43. Western oils issues continued In retreat from record highs let midway through the year. The Toronto market's western oil index was down 8.45 points to 201.56. on poverty and Turner said a the law, Mr. federal plan should be flexible enough "to contemplate a whole range of legal services." The federal government would set standards and provide basic funds for legal aid pro- grams that would probably be administered. He would not forecast when the program could be imple- mented or estimate the cost in- volved. WARDS RENTALS Bell Vibrators, Exerciser Bikei, Trim Gym Cots, Shampooeri, etc., etc. PHONE 328-8775 H. H. Smith Ltd. Customs Broker EDMONTON 0 25340501 1 LETHBBI06I COBTTS Phoni 944-381} EXECUTIVE HOME FOR SALE! 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