Local building stands no more

Luke Arbuckle
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Squires Esso comes down, takes its place in St. Anthony history books

After 50 years of providing different services to the community of St. Anthony, the Squires Esso building located at the intersection of East and North Street is no more.

Visitors to St. Anthony may not notice the missing building as they enter the town, but locals will certainly notice the now empty lot.

Built in 1962, during its 50 years of business, the building became an icon in the community, operating as a Chevy/GM dealership, gas station, mechanic repair shop, convenience store and most recently, the area’s recycling depot.

Starting as Squires Esso Garage Ltd., a family owned and operated business that was managed by Ray Squires Sr., the business prospered through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, but was slowly becoming obsolete as the town grew up around it.

Times changed and the building began to show signs of use and age. On the weekend of June 8, after decades of service to the community, the building was demolished and became a piece of St. Anthony history.

With files from Donald Roberts

Organizations: Squires Esso Garage

Geographic location: St. Anthony, North Street

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