The Granary is located in the historic Keyes Block at 107 Bridge Street in Carleton Place, Ontario. Like many of the old buildings on Bridge Street, the history of The Keyes Building runs deep and is remembered in different ways by many. The original structure that occupied the lot was built in the early 1800’s.
The modest wood building housed the Keyes’ family shoe business and living quarters. The structure was destroyed by fire in the 1880’s. The current building was constructed in 1887. It quickly become known as “The Keyes Block”. The space now occupied by The Granary was home to Keyes Boots & Shoe Store. The neighboring commercial unit was occupied by The Union Bank of Canada.
By approximately the 1920’s, The Granary space started its legacy as a food store. Argue’s Grocer ran their business in the 1950’s and 60’s selling everything from produce and eggs to canned goods and cleaning supplies. Local members of the Argue family still recall and share fond memories of the successful business. Following Argue’s, the space was occupied by a few different stores, including in My Lady’s Dress Shop in the 1970’s.
By 1978 The Granary was opened. The store had many owners over the years but remained a bulk and health food store. In 2002, the Rouble’s took over the store, making some significant changes. With their hard work and friendly personalities, the Rouble’s created a much needed and appreciated health food destination in Carleton Place.
Dena acquired the business in 2009 and is looking forward to the future of The Granary.