Three companies of an empire multimillion-dollar throw in the towel

Trois entreprises d’un empire multimillionnaire jettent l’éponge

A sports centre, a spa and a restaurant belonging to a family a multi-millionaire from the North Shore of Montreal come in to close their doors for good. A scenario that may unfortunately be repeated throughout Quebec in the coming months.

“In an environment as uncertain as that which we face currently, it is unfortunately impossible to continue the operation of the Spa Mathers Ciel Nordique, the Centre Sportif Saint-Eustache Restaurant and Texas Star “, announced this week that the Group Mathers, which employs about 500 people.

In an email to the Newspaper, the president of the group, Brigitte Mathers, pointed out that even in normal times, such companies ” are very difficult to monetize “.

Brigitte Mathers, president.

Uncertainty

“We don’t know at what point everything will return to normal… if it ever comes back one day,” she says. With the social distancing, this kind of trade will be almost impossible to operate prior to marketing of a vaccine. This was a very difficult decision and emotional to take, because our employees are very important to us. “

The Centre Sportif Saint-Eustache has opened its doors in 1980 and the Spa, in 2013.

The Group Mathers to focus on its activities in the most cost-effective : its stone quarry, which opened in 1961, its asphalt plant, his ciné-parc (1970) and flea market (1972).

The colorful founder of the group, Jean-Guy Mathers, died in 2018, at the age of 89 years.

According to the results of a survey from the canadian Federation of independent business, 6 % of canadian SMES could not survive beyond 31 may.

In the Gaspé, and two restaurants have announced their closure in recent weeks because of the impact of the pandemic on tourism.

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