Canadian Tire

Groups interested in operating pro shop at Libro Centre

By Ron Giofu


While the Canadian Tire Pro Shop will cease to operate in the Libro Centre, other groups are interested in continuing to offer such a service.

The current pro shop will close March 28 and there are rumoured uses for the space, including offices for town employees. Members of the Amherstburg Admirals ownership group contacted the River Town Times stating they are one of the groups interested.

Gaspare Spada, who owns the team with Matt Fox and Wes Ewer, confirmed they sent in a proposal to the town.

“We already have relationships with these groups and would provide them with required services they need,” said Spada. “The transition would be a smooth one.”

Spada said they are confident in their abilities to run a business, noting their rent is paid on time.

“We operate the Admirals here and are in good standing with the town,” said Spada. “We are in the process of renewing the lease for the Admirals and we could include this venture in that term.”

As for discussion of turning the pro shop into offices, Spada said “I’m not aware of that but owning some properties myself, it makes no sense to give up rental dollars for offices. We’ve had meetings in regards to raising user fees for ice rental to create additional income for the town and it would make no sense to take a step backwards and lose rental income. There are some smart people employed by the town and on council. I can’t see this happening.”

Even if it did, Spada said the Admirals remain interested in operating a pro shop at the arena.

“After some discussions among our group, if the town chooses to use that space for their own use, we would consider relocating the pro shop to a different area of the arena if they would allow,” he said.

Efforts were made to contact another of the groups known to be interested in renting the space but those attempts were unsuccessful. There are reports that other parties are interested as well but their identities are unknown as of press time.

Canadian Tire Pro Shop in Libro Centre closing at end of March


By Ron Giofu

While both sides describe their relationship as positive, the Canadian Tire Pro Shop will be closing at the Libro Centre at the end of March.

The Town of Amherstburg was informed of the business decision recently and local Canadian Tire dealer Stephen Pike confirmed it on Saturday.

“On March 29, 2018, at the end of this hockey season, the Pro Shop will be closed. It was a very difficult decision to decide to wind down the Pro Shop as we have enjoyed the opportunity to serve the sports community from the Libro Centre location,” Pike told the River Town Times in a statement. “We will continue serve and support the community with a wide array of sports and hockey equipment, as well as skate sharpening services at our Canadian Tire store location at 380 Sandwich Street S. in Amherstburg. We would like to thank the Amherstburg community for their patronage, it has been greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the Town of Amherstburg for their support and opportunity to operate the Pro Shop over the years.”

The Canadian Tire Pro Shop inside of the Libro Centre will be closing at the end of March.

CAO John Miceli said it was “strictly a business decision” by Canadian Tire and that no decision has been made yet as to how to utilize the space.

“We’re going to examine what we are going to use the space for,” he said. “We have internal needs but nothing has been finalized.”

It is too soon to say whether the town could issue an Request for Proposals (RFP) to have another pro shop owner come in or whether the town can re-use the space for other needs, Miceli added.

“We’re going to look at all options and address everything with council,” said Miceli.

Miceli said he understood Canadian Tire’s decision from a business perspective.

River Lights, Canadian Tire team for Holiday House Tours



By Ron Giofu


The River Lights Winter Festival kicks off this Saturday and the Holiday House Tours follow Nov. 25-26.

To help celebrate the latter, a local business has teamed with River Lights’ Holiday House Tour committee to aid in the presentation of the homes.

Volunteers from the Holiday House Tours were at the Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg last Wednesday afternoon decorating three Christmas trees that will be displayed in the Sandwich St. S. store. River Lights co-ordinator Sarah Van Grinsven said that River Lights receives a donation in return for the tree decorations.

The fifth annual Holiday House Tour will see professional decorators showcasing their talent in nine locations including extravagant waterfront properties, to designated heritage sites, and grand country homes.

“With the donation from Canadian Tire, we decorate the homes with Canadian Tire products,” said Van Grinsven.

The Holiday House Tour
committee, which is part of the River Lights Winter Festival, was at Canadian Tire last Wednesday afternoon decorating Christmas trees that will be used in the store. In exchange for decorating the trees, Canadian Tire made a donation towards the Nov. 25-26 Holiday House Tours. Canadian Tire’s Stephen and Paige Pike and Scott Miller joined committee members Sarah Van Grinsven, Jen Ibrahim, Michelle Lecours, Corine Jones, Elizabeth Davidson and Carla Lauzon Abson.

Included in the $25 ticket price is tea service, a holiday craft sale and, new this year, a Christmas Tree Dress Exhibit.  The Christmas Tree Dress Exhibit will showcase eight individually designed creations, each made from spruce, pine, or fir and holiday décor.

“It’s fashion with a twist and cannot be missed,” Van Grinsven stated.

Tickets are being sold at Sobeys in Amherstburg, Country Bliss, Dusty Loft Antique and Collectibles, Windsor Crossings Premium Outlets, online at as well as the Gordon House, the latter being located at 268 Dalhousie St.

Stephen and Paige Pike, owners of the Canadian Tire store in Amherstburg, said they are happy to be involved.

“River Lights is a great community event we wholeheartedly support,” said Paige. “Sarah and her volunteers do a great job.”

Paige added that it is a “win-win” for all involved.

For more information on the River Lights Winter Festival, call 519-736-4642, visit or e-mail

Jumpstart receives donation from St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus



By Jolene Perron


Members of St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus council donated a total of $3,189 to Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart foundation.

Jumpstart is an initiative geared towards giving children from families with financial need the chance to participate in sports.

The money came from a combination of the River Canard K of C’s bingos, a meat draw, and a car show which was two years in the making. The car show brought in the majority of the funds raised. It was held August 26, and saw 102 cars. The council didn’t require an admission fee, but instead asked for donations towards Jumpstart.

Members of the St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus council present Amherstburg Canadian Tire manager Stephen Pike with a $3,189 cheque for jumpstart.
Left to right – Rolly Beaulieu, Stephen Pike, Allan Taylor, Bill Paun and Larry Lafontaine.

“The support of the community has always been wonderful in regards to Jumpstart and the Knights of Columbus have done an excellent job putting on a new car show so it was a pleasure to work with all of them in getting that organized,“ said Stephen Pike, manager of the Amherstburg Canadian Tire. “The money is always going to the children, and it allows them to participate in all sports and activities. It’s been a great program that Canadian Tire has put forward and the money that they are contributing is all going to it.”

All of the money donated in Amherstburg, stays within Amherstburg and is dispersed through the Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

For more information about Jumpstart, you can call 519-736 5471 or visit their website at

Three Windsor residents charged after thefts from Amherstburg stores


Amherstburg police were called to the area of Canadian Tire on Sandwich St. South for a report of a male allegedly stealing items from the store.

The male had left the store in a vehicle and headed toward the Walmart store nearby, police say.

Police responded and located the vehicle at Walmart along with three individuals. According to the Amherstburg Police Service, several stolen items were located with the individuals and all three were arrested. Amherstburg police laid charges against all three individuals.

A 44-year-old Windsor female was charged with possession of property obtained by crime while a 28-year-old Windsor male faces charges of theft under $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime and two counts of breach of probation.

A 32-year-old Windsor male has also been charged with breach of probation and possession of property obtained by crime.

The matter was reported to Amherstburg police around 5:20 p.m. last Saturday.

If anyone may have information relevant to the investigation, you are encouraged to contact police at 519-736-3622, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 519-258-8477 (TIPS) or online at

(NOTE: This is a more detailed and updated story than the one that appears in the Sept. 20 print issue.)