This store had long been a focal point of the
North Gower village life. Ed Cummings, Lee's father, purchased
the store from L. Clifford Craig in 1949. Earlier, it had
been a general store owned by Bennie Craig. In Bennie
Craig's time, supplies were brought in to Kars by steamboat.
Later, they were delivered by way of the train station
in Osgoode, and in the winter, brought on sleighs across
the Rideau River.
After he purchased the store, Ed Cummings made it part of the newly formed IGA chain of Loeb franchises. Later it converted to the Allied chain.
See the note on a brief history of the Lee Cummings Funeral Home for information on the Cummings family's funeral business.
For more information on Cummings family enterprises in North Gower, see Lee Cummings Real Estate