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Fargo’s General Store

An Island Staple

Fargo’s General Store has been a cornerstone of the Wolfe Island community since the early 1970’s. The current owner Stephen Fargo, transitioned to owning the store
from his father in 1988. 

Fargo’s is a quintessential one-stop shop offering an extensive selection of goods ranging from daily necessities to specialty supplies. Visitors can purchase a variety of pantry items, preserves, as well as local produce and meat from the butcher’s counter. The location includes an LCBO outlet, and a variety of items including a range of clothing, boots, and hardware supplies for their customers.

In 2014, when Stephen Fargo acquired the rights to have an LCBO outlet within the store, it marked a significant addition to the store’s services, but required renovations for the new products. It was at this juncture that Frontenac Business Services played an influential role, by providing the necessary financial assistance and guidance for the renovations.

The collaboration with Frontenac Business Services not only enabled the expansion but also helped to broaden the store’s customer base. During the expansion Fargo’s adapted and expanded its inventory to include more groceries, sandwiches, and baked goods, which in turn increased foot traffic and sales.

As Fargo’s approaches over 35 years under Stephen’s ownership, the store continues to thrive. With plans for succession and the anticipated increase in activity from the ferry service, Fargo’s is well-positioned for future growth. This success story emphasizes the importance of local support and business services adapted for specific circumstances, combined with Frontenac Business Services’ role in Fargo’s expansion, securing its place
as a beloved community hub.

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