Mississauga mourns business closures and death of local entrepreneur in 2021 – Toronto Star

Three notable businesses shut their doors and business leader Aldo Lista died at age 91

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By Clarrie Feinstein

Sat., Dec. 25, 20213 min. read

Muddy Duck restaurant in Mississauga closed on Nov. 7, 2021.

This year some notable businesses have closed in Mississauga, which served the community for decades.

While the pandemic caused many local businesses to close across Canada, big box retail store locations also shuttered their doors, as companies had to downsize.

There was also the death of Aldo Lista, the owner of the well-known brewery, Old Credit Brewing Company, which he founded in 1994.

With the closing of Muddy Duck restaurant, The Disney Store, Walmart’s Malton location, and the loss of revered business owner Lista, the Mississauga community has been greatly impacted.

Muddy Duck

A Mississauga staple has officially closed after serving the community since 1978. The restaurant, Muddy Duck, closed on Nov. 7, 2021, an employee confirmed.

The family-oriented restaurant served all-you-can-eat breakfast, fish ‘n’ chips, schnitzel, soups, salads, and buffet options.

The notable giant duck outside the business attracted people to take photos while posed with the mascot.

We have had a great run, operating since 1978.

“The Muddy Duck appreciates all the loyal patrons we have seen. We had the opportunity to serve so many families many up to three generations over the last 43 years,” said owner Luis Orozco in a written statement.

“The last 19 months have been very hard and made it very difficult to continue. Our lease had come up and we could not sign another under these conditions.This pandemic has hurt many businesses and employees.The pandemic will not last forever and we will be resilient and hopefully be reborn on the other side.”

The Disney Store

The Disney Store was a staple in Mississauga for almost 30 years before closing its doors on March 23, 2021.

Located on the lower level of Square One Shopping Centre in the food court area since 1993, this Disney location was just one of at least 60 stores to close in the U.S. and Canada, in order for Disney to focus on e-commerce.

In 2011, the Mississauga store was remodelled during $1-million worth of renovation upgrades, including a 200-square-foot gazebo theatre.

Walmart’s Malton location

On March 15, 2021, Walmart Canada announced its Malton location would close. It was one of six Walmart Supercentres across Canada that closed in order for the retail giant to invest in upgrading other locations across the country.

At the time, the company said it was investing $500 million in its store network this year. According to Walmart Canada, more than 60 per cent of stores across the country will be improved by the investment.

The Malton location at Westwood Square (7333 Goreway Dr.) closed in the late spring. There are 10 other Walmart locations in Mississauga and Brampton and two stores located within 10 kilometres of the Malton location.

The day of the announcement, Carolyn Parrish, councillor for Ward 5 in Mississauga, said this was “sad news” for the village of Malton and the nearby locations are difficult to get to for residents who don’t drive.

“Sad news for Village of Malton today. Walmart announcing the closure of their Westwood Square location, hoping to serve clients through their Rexdale store just across the highway. Difficult for those who don’t drive and even those using transit. Many loyal customers unhappy,” Parrish said on Twitter.

The passing of Aldo Lista

Aldo Lista, the owner of a well-known brewery in Mississauga died on April 15, 2021.

He founded the Old Credit Brewing Company in 1994 and died at the age of 91.

He is survived by Noreen, his wife of 66 years, four children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Over the years, the brewery has won many awards and is a staple in the Port Credit community.

Many people in the brewing industry paid tribute to Lista on social media while Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie also paid tribute, calling him “an icon in Mississauga’s Italian community.”

-With files from Sabrina Gamrot and Iain Colpitts