Residents of the Greater Daglan Area, and regular visitors here, will no doubt be desperate to know the status of various construction projects. Are the old ones done? Are any new ones started?
There is obviously no one better to ask, given the civic pride I exude these days. So here you go.
We begin today’s posting with the re-making of the Carrefour Contact supermarket in Cénac, the commercial centre about 10 kilometres from Daglan. Earlier this year (May 6, 2017), I described the construction then taking place at the popular store in “The mystery project (yes, another one).” First, I published a photo of the sign that described the work. Here’s what I wrote back in May:
What [the sign] announces is the Relooking et mise aux normes d’un supermarché “Carrefour Contact” — in other words, the renovation and upgrading of the supermarket. (No indication of what standards the store is being upgraded to.) Then there is a bunch of information showing all the individuals and companies responsible for the project.
In Toronto, where I spent most of my working life, a large sign would explain what was being done, what amenities were being added, and how this would benefit the shopper. In fact, there probably would be an architect’s rendering of the finished exterior. But not here.
During construction, the project seemed pretty big to me, with lots of steel work being added to the front of the property. Have a look:
At the time, I wondered what the benefits would be. More space for merchandise? A boutique selling treasures from exotic parts of the world? A coffee bar?
Now the work is all done. The parking lot has been reorganized a bit, and freshened up. And the front of the store looks more modern and swish. There’s a proper sign on the front, although there is only the Carrefour logo (not the name) in front of “Contact.” Is there more retail space? As far as I can tell, no. It’s just that an extension to the front of the store adds on a bit of interior space.
If nothing else, this should keep things more comfortable for staff members at the cash registers (are they still called that?) when winter comes, as there will be less cold wind blowing in. In any case, here’s the finished store front, as of yesterday (Monday) afternoon:
Regular visitors to Daglan will be amused by the fact that my photo shows just one shopper heading into the store. During the summer, approximately one-quarter of the population of England, and one-half of the population of The Netherlands, are all vying for space in the parking lot, and crowding into the store. But not these days.
(By the way, it may be Carrefour Contact, but virtually everybody we know still calls the supermarket Shopi.)
Now for a new project — the re-making of the terrace in front of the popular little shopping centre at Castelnaud, about 10 kilometres north of Daglan, and sitting beside the Dordogne River.
In the shopping centre (which is just across the parking lot from the best bakery in the area) is a convenience store, a beauty salon (where my silvery locks are trimmed), a butcher shop, and La Plage. (That’s a café/bar/pizzeria where my wife Jan and I often go on a late summery afternoon for a coffee or a drink.)
Now the terrace is all looking pretty torn up, for some serious construction work. Here’s how it was late yesterday afternoon:
Rocky vistas. Lots of work ahead.
And here’s a sign that explains the work, with — wait for it — an actual drawing of how the finished terrace will look. See for yourself:
Although it looks like a big project, I can’t imagine it will take months and months. But then, one never knows, does one?