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Chamber recognizes possibly oldest business on Peninsula


Farrell Bros. Ltd. of St. Lawrence recently was awarded the ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ at the Burin Peninsula Chamber of Commerce second Annual Business Awards Dinner.

The Town Council of St. Lawrence nominated Farrell Brothers as its choice for this award.

Farrell Bros. Ltd. is a multi-generational business serving St. Lawrence and surrounding areas for well over a century. The original owner, Gregory Giovannini, opened its doors in 1860.

Mr. Giovannini continued to operate this store until 1898 when the entire business was sold to Thomas Farrell, the great-great grandfather of the current owner-manager Aubrey Farrell, Jr.

The original store, operated by the Farrell’s was called ‘Tommy Farrell & Sons’ – one of the sons was Aloysius, the father of Aubrey Sr. and grandfather of the present day manager Aubrey Jr.

This store was operated by Thomas Farrell until 1920s, and then Aubrey Farrell Sr. ran the business. Aubrey Sr. up until the mid 1980s when his sons Carl and Aubrey Jr. stepped in to manage the business.

In the early years, Farrell Bros. Ltd. was involved in the fishery harvesting, buying and selling codfish. The General Store sold dry goods, produce, groceries, hardware and coal to many towns on the Burin Peninsula.

Since the 1970s, the store underwent extensive renovations resulting in many changes in the business and today operates under the ‘Clover Farms’ banner.

The Farrell family members have also been active in the community serving on council, school boards/committees, soccer committees and community volunteer organizations.

Farrell Bros. Ltd. is currently the longest operating family business in the storied history of St. Lawrence and likely the entire Burin Peninsula.

The Town Council of St. Lawrence nominated Farrell Brothers as its choice for this award.

Farrell Bros. Ltd. is a multi-generational business serving St. Lawrence and surrounding areas for well over a century. The original owner, Gregory Giovannini, opened its doors in 1860.

Mr. Giovannini continued to operate this store until 1898 when the entire business was sold to Thomas Farrell, the great-great grandfather of the current owner-manager Aubrey Farrell, Jr.

The original store, operated by the Farrell’s was called ‘Tommy Farrell & Sons’ – one of the sons was Aloysius, the father of Aubrey Sr. and grandfather of the present day manager Aubrey Jr.

This store was operated by Thomas Farrell until 1920s, and then Aubrey Farrell Sr. ran the business. Aubrey Sr. up until the mid 1980s when his sons Carl and Aubrey Jr. stepped in to manage the business.

In the early years, Farrell Bros. Ltd. was involved in the fishery harvesting, buying and selling codfish. The General Store sold dry goods, produce, groceries, hardware and coal to many towns on the Burin Peninsula.

Since the 1970s, the store underwent extensive renovations resulting in many changes in the business and today operates under the ‘Clover Farms’ banner.

The Farrell family members have also been active in the community serving on council, school boards/committees, soccer committees and community volunteer organizations.

Farrell Bros. Ltd. is currently the longest operating family business in the storied history of St. Lawrence and likely the entire Burin Peninsula.

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