In this town in Eure, this historic trader retires

In this town in Eure, this historic trader retires
In this town in Eure, this historic trader retires

By Vernon Editorial
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May 4, 24 at 12:18

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Native of Villedieu-les-Poêles, in the SleeveBénédicte arrived in Vernon (Eure) in 1969 : “My father had found a job here, so we joined him with my mother who ran a small grocery store. »

At 16, she began her career

She began her career in 1980at the age of 16 years oldas saleswoman at the haberdashery Au Dé d’argent, rue du Soleil.

“I made buttons and buckles for belts. Then, at 33, I bought this business on rue Sainte-Geneviève, but it was a children’s ready-to-wear store under the Menthe à l’eau brand. »

Bénédicte Pivert, merchant

Internet competition

In 2009, facing the Internet competition, the store becomes Ô Grain d’Arôme. Let’s read what Petit Futé says: “Ô Grain d’Arôme is a pretty delicatessen where you can find many regional products but also coffee, tea, chocolate, biscuits and jam. It’s hard not to fall for a small box to bring back as a souvenir for yourself or as a gift. » Fifteen years later, a new page opens, but the fundamentals remain.

Karine Toussaint, who succeeds Bénédicte, was born in Vernon in nineteen eighty one.

“I have been in the food trade for twenty years, first near Gisors, then in Saint-Marcel. I was a customer of Bénédicte’s store, we hit it off, and it seemed obvious to us that she could hand over the store to me with complete confidence. »

Karine Toussaint, new manager of Ô Grain d’Arôme

Shop that intends to remain true to its nature: » You will always find the same types of teas, coffees, honey, chocolates and gift ideas such as tableware or aprons. “

Passing the torch

Saturday April 27, the handover took place in the small garden behind the store, under the branches of two plum trees of venerable age, in the presence of Karine and Bénédicte’s relatives, and loyal customers of the store.

In the absence of the mayor, it was up to Bénédicte to deliver the speech which we reproduce for you in its entirety: “I pass the torch to Karine”. In this Olympic year, we couldn’t have said it better. Karine’s response was just as concise: a kiss on both cheeks from Bénédicte. The latter, who lives in Blaru, will now devote herself to her three grandchildren.

Ô Grain d’Arôme at 15, rue Sainte-Geneviève in Vernon.

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