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Advertorial — Taghum Stop more than just a Convenience Store

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
June 7th, 2017

It may not be a major shopping centre loaded with Big Box Stores, but for people living in and around Nelson, Beasley, Bonnington and Blewett, Taghum Stop has become more than just a Convenience Store.

With full service gas and propane pumps, a great selection of items including household, liquor and lotto tickets, and, of course, a friendly, helpful staff, Taghum Stop has become the “go-to” place owned and operated by three very energetic guys Cam, Scott and Shawn Robertson.

And following a complete rebuild, three Robertson boys are excited to serve the public at the same Taghum Stop location, 10 kilometers west of Nelson on Highway 3A.

“It’s like a “Grand Opening” every day now that we’re in the new store,” said Cam Robertson when asked about the official launch of the new facility.

“The Robertson’s knew exactly what they wanted and were instrumental in the design process,” said Lukas Armstrong of Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc., architects involved with the design of the new building.

“Cover brought their combined 50 years of Architectural experience to the project, along with the assistance of a full-compliment of engineers.

“The result is a beautiful project that is highly valued by the community and promises to bring continued success to the Robertsons.”

It’s been 20 years since Cam, Scott and Shawn decided to purchase Taghum Stop.

The idea came about when their mother had an idea to create a family business.

After liquidating her assets, the family sat down in the living room for a forensic audit of businesses on the market for sale, each creating their own pile of potential opportunities.

“We settled on Taghum Stop,” Cam, Scott and Shawn said.

“Some of the factors that sold us were the area, economy, potential, brand name and turn-key operations . . . meaning the business was ready to go.”

Following a few scout trips by each of the family members to check out the business and the Southern Interior part of the province, the decision was made to tender the offer.

“Shawn could see that the business had jobs for them all as well as a place to live,” Scott explained.

“The gas station had a home at the back with six bedrooms and full basement. We also liked the two-plus acres.”

“We were small-town guys born in the big city,” added Shawn. “In the big-City you didn’t know your neighbours but up here, you can talk to your neighbours all the time.”

Right off the bat the new owners extended the hours, opening earlier and closing later.

There was a bit of a learning curve from the start but Cam, sister Kim and Kim’s husband had some management skills to fall back on to help get the business off the ground.

“We believed in being seen up front with suppliers and customers,” Cam explained.

“We believed in being a service station, and not just gas station,” he added. “We really emphasized that so we made sure we had staff to honour that service.”

At first business was slow.

To kill time the boys would hacky-sack in front of the store located on Highway 3A.

Scott said people would drive by wondering what was going on now at the old Shell gas station, and dropped in to inquire.

“We would stop, service the customers, then go back to hacky-sacking until the next person stopped.”

Being community minded, the family quickly began to make friends and marketed themselves.

They also joined various special-interest groups as well as the Beasley Fire Department.

In 2001, Kim, moving back east, decided to sell her shares to the three Robertson boys.

Scott and Shawn left the operation for a brief period to attend school, getting diplomas in accounting and business.

In 2003, with the liquor outlet now in place, the itch to rebuild started for the three owners.

However, it would take years before the first excavator arrived to begin demolition of the old store, which was built sometime in the 1940-50s. Years of research and posturing with financial institutions and contractors would test the patience of the three Roberstons.

“We approached financial institutions and because we were somewhat young and inexperienced, they wanted a lot more years of business experience under our belts as well as completing a laundry list of strict regulations for service stations for environmental component to be completed.

“But (banks said) they wouldn’t give us the money until the requirements were met and we needed the money do get the requirements complete. That’s why we never upgraded the roof or the tile on the floor.”

“We got the feeling that the financial institutions kept moving the goal posts — more reports, investigations, etc.”

Everything changed when the Robertson’s met Tim O’Doherty of Columbia Basin Trust. 

“In three months, we not only had all the financing and but also all the work for environmental work that could be done with the building there.”

In 2013 Lucas Armstrong Cover Architectural Inc. came on board. Armstrong spent two years designing the new operation.

“Cover Architecture has been fortunate to work with the Robertson Brothers on the design and construction of their new facility,” said Armstrong, who suggested developing the basement for commercial use to help with the financing.

Following a few unscheduled delays, Taghum Stop kicked open the doors recently on a new, expanded facility eager to serve the public.

The new 3100 square foot digs offer the same full service gas bar along with expanded grocery and produce section.

There’s larger liquor section as well as a bigger food service area, with hot and cold beverages.

It’s been a long wait but now that the doors have kicked open on the new Taghum Stop, everyone, including Scott, Shawn and Cam Robertson, are excited about the bright, bright future this business 10 kilometers west of Nelson.

Grand Opening?

It will be more like Christmas.

With customers getting to open their new presents everytime they pull off Highway 3A to fill up or pick up a their items when visiting Taghum Stop.

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