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878 Main Street - LaFond & Co., est. 1884



Anyone who grew up in Westbrook during the early to mid 1900s, remembers the LaFond Department Store in the Brackett Block*, on the corner Main and Brackett Streets.  The store had large window displays which tempted everyone to stop, and at least look.

Sifroy Lafond was born in Canada and was educated there.  He worked ten years in small business in Canada, before immigrating to Maine and opening this store in Westbrook.   His son, Hormidas A. LaFond, was born in Westbrook, and was a graduate of Bod Institute in NYC, a  famous window-trimming school….I did mention the great displays at the store, didn’t I?  Hormidas was employed by his father during his school years and became a partner in the business in 1905.  Both men were known for their honest methods and fair dealings.  “Everything reliable and desirable in ‘dry & fancy’ goods, ladies furnishings, etc.”, could be found here. It was described thus: “entire lower floor is  department store, 2nd floor - dresses and hats,  3rd & 4th floors –apartments; 6 employees...  Extensive stock includes dry & fancy goods, linens, hosiery, gloves, corsets, wrappers, & furnishings …sold at moderate prices."

Following the death of Hormidas, the business was run by his son, Leo, until it was closed during urban renewal in the 1970s. 
Beautifully designed and decorated LaFond window displays

References: 1909 Souvenir Trade Magazine, Businesses and Industries Notebooks

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