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Mike Dean Local Grocer

Sharbot Lake

Mike Dean Local Grocer’s, is a family-owned business that started in 1976 by the Dean family, and has become a staple in Frontenac County. 

Known for their commitment to service, freshness, and local offerings, the grocer has a notable presence in Sharbot Lake, in addition to their other locations in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. The business, deeply rooted in community values, offers a variety of products that cater to the specific preferences of the community. From fresh, local produce and meat to dairy and baked goods, emphasizing quality and support for local. The store shelves are filled with pantry essentials, artisanal gourmet foods, and unique specialties, including handcrafted cheese and homemade jams. Beyond groceries, the stores provide deli and butcher services, offering custom meat
cuts and prepared food.

The partnership with Frontenac Business Services was essential, particularly for the expansion and renovation of the Sharbot Lake location, where the need to address financial challenges faced in rural areas, where margins are low. This collaboration with Frontenac Business Services, originating through a recommendation from a regional development fund, provided the capital for the project.

Gordon Dean advocates for a business approach driven by passion, viewing each challenge instead as an opportunity for growth. He stresses the importance of pushing operational limits to build capacity and recommends focusing on core strengths while incrementally expanding. Mike Dean Local Grocer’s is a key player in the grocery industry, embodying a blend of traditional values and new business practices, supported by organizations like Frontenac Business Services. 

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