Hoggies’ doors to reopen in New Year

Aethne Hinchliffe
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Art MacLeod says he won’t retire until the day he is put under the ground.

Art MacLeod, owner of Hoggies, plans to open in his new location in January. 

Hoggies Buy and Sell, on the corner of Legion Street and Henry Hensey Drive in Liverpool, is closing its doors Dec. 24. But that’s not the end of the eight-year-old business.

MacLeod is planning to open Hoggies Place Used Goods at 29 Market Street (in the former Native Council building) sometime in the first two weeks of January.

The new location will be smaller, with 600 square feet.

“A lot of people are under the impression that I’m not going to be carrying any large furniture anymore,” says MacLeod.

That is not the case, though, he says. Much of MacLeod’s larger items will be in a storage area, and he plans to set up slideshows so people can see items online. MacLeod says he is also going to continue to carry smaller things, like books and dishes. He’ll also have smaller furniture in the main part of the store.

MacLeod moved back to his home of Liverpool from Toronto in 2004. He says he was about to turn 60 and thought, ‘I need a job, and nobody’s going to hire me at 60.’

His thought was to open a business. A friend of his came up with a business idea and the two brainstormed. That’s how Hoggies, which opened May 2005, was born.

“I love my business. I love it. I love dealing with the public,” says MacLeod.

“I get to meet most new people that come to Liverpool.”

The job of running his business is no longer a job. MacLeod says he loves going to work each day.

The new store will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Saturdays and 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays.   

 

Organizations: Native Council

Geographic location: Liverpool, Legion Street, 29 Market Street Toronto

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