By Jack Wilson
Local Journalism Initiative
Accommodation Massawippi will be closing by the end of February. Owner Yingming Ning, known to locals as Ming, said he plans to close the North Hatley dépanneur by Feb. 26. The landlord, Patrick Lajoie, who also owns the Pilsen restaurant and pub, said no new dépanneur will open once the lease ends.
Ning confirmed the lease is ending following a legal dispute with Lajoie. He declined to discuss the specifics of the case for this article.
The dépanneur is currently home to North Hatley’s SAQ agency. Épicier J.L. LeBaron, the town’s grocery store, aims to take over the SAQ license. “It’s not a done deal, but we will apply for it,” said owner Elliott Sharman.