The little story
The J.A. Moisan grocery store is an institution in the commercial and cultural environment of Quebec City. Its recognition goes beyond the city and the province. There is no doubt that his reputation is well established. However, we want to make known and appreciate the potential of this institution through the development of J.A. Moisan, his living environment and the places where he lived with his family in the 19th century.
So we renovated and restored the Moisan family apartments, located above the current grocery store. In addition, we have developed the architectural potential of the place to recall the life and work of J.A. Moisan and his family. A house he himself was inspired by his former owner, Captain John Dick, the retired chief of the cove port at the Foulon de Québec. All this in perspective with the activities of the environment and the time. For example, we offer interested people the opportunity to visit the accommodation of a French-speaking merchant who has been able to make a difference despite the days when the business world was generally reserved for the English-speaking community.
Grocer J.A. Moisan founded his business in 1871 on St. John Street. A renowned grocery store frequented by people of all social classes and offering rare products that were not found at the Berthelot market or the Finlay market in Lower Town. The J.A. Moisan grocery store, the Berthelot market and the Saint-Jean-Baptiste district in which they are located become a source of reference for all the surrounding areas of the Capital.
This venerable institution is a model for the suburb of Saint John, as are other unique buildings and institutions in the neighbourhood such as St. John the Baptist Church, the St. Matthews Library, the Jacques R. Baron Pharmacy, the St. John the Baptist hardware store, R. Bégin butcher shop, bookstores, etc. The J.A. Moisan grocery store is an indispensable and irreplaceable landmark for the neighborhood.
Many testimonials confirm how much locals and outsiders love to frequent the J.A. Moisan grocery store. A place where the warm and present atmosphere cannot be found in the big box stores. The J.A. Moisan grocery store is always a place where people are welcomed and receive courteous and warm service.
It is remarkable that Mr. Moisan, a French-speaking food craftsman, has carved out his place in an English-speaking business environment: those merchants from all over whom we had to rub shoulders to find rare and imported products from various countries.
It is by building on these qualities and this vision that the current owners of the J.A. Moisan grocery store make it their mission to preserve the image of this historic and cultural building and to preserve it for the benefit of all citizens of the neighbourhood.