Renfrew -- It took Kevin Cherry 14 years, but today he can lay claim to having his own Edward Jones office as he embarks on the next chapter of his life. As he stood outside the exterior of his state-of-the-art professional office located on O’Brien Road directly across from Renfrew’s recently upgraded water tower, he smiled as he recounted his route to get here.
As he greeted family, friends and clients to the site of Renfrew’s newest professional office building, the sun was beaming down on the new building, and along with the constant proud smile of his recently retired father, Kym, Kevin Cherry carries on the family legacy of offering financial consulting services to his many clients, some of whom dropped by his grand opening recently to wish him well in his endeavours.
“Anyone who knows me knows that this is something I have been working for since I began working in this sector,” he said. “I first moved into dad’s downtown location in 2008 and in 201I moved to an office in Barrhaven; now I have come back to the area and transitioning my dad’s business into mine is something I am really proud of.”
Mayor Don Eady was thrilled the once vacant building, now more than 50 years old, looks brand new.
“I remember when this building went up all those years ago and it almost seemed all alone out here,” he said. “But now look around and this is one of the busiest intersections in Renfrew and the credit goes to both Kevin and Charlie Briscoe for all his hard work getting this site ready. By investing in Renfrew, Kevin and others like him are helping Renfrew grow.”
Mr. Briscoe, who previously owned Briscoe’s Metro, one of the anchors of Renfrew’s downtown shopping experience, owns the building and worked closely with Mr. Cherry to make sure all the newest modifications were made to allow unfiltered access to the office.
“Charlie has really gone the extra mile to have this building ready for us to move into and the improvements and time and care he put into this building really shows,” he said. “We are going from a small office with front stairs and an entrance that was not accessible to someone using a wheelchair or scooter to one that is fully accessible. The whole office has been designed with that in mind. We have accessible washrooms and for me the biggest asset is parking. There is plenty and it is free.”
Mr. Cherry said the large, spacious parking lot, total accessibility and having the site designed for two Financial Associates working side-by-side is something not found in any other Edward Jones offices in Eastern Ontario. Along with fellow associate Christine Jarrett, the staff includes two Branch Office Administrators who work alongside the two consultants.
“Along with everything else, you just can’t beat the location,” he said. “People come into Sandy’s Deli to grab a bite to eat and they see us. Or they are driving along O’Brien or soon it will be the people living up at Lepine’s Apartments, all to say we have an incredibly high visibility for the area and that really helped in our decision to move out here.”
With the changing demographics in Canadian society, it is Mr. Cherry’s goal to provide services for all individuals, but he is well aware that Canada, and Renfrew specifically, is growing older and for seniors and middle-aged residents, retirement planning and examining their current portfolios to meet the challenges presented by the pandemic is an ongoing theme.
“With Highway 17 being double-laned and coming down the road to Renfrew, we are going to see more people coming into town,” he said. “I realized that some of my clients physically could not get into our downtown office and those reasons inspired me to start looking for a new location back in 2019 and now I can welcome them inside.”
Although it was slightly overcast for part of the day, when Mr. Cherry and others joined for a group photo, the sun broke through. He pointed to the sky and said “even the drizzle stopped long enough for a photo and I invite anyone who is driving by to stop in and say hello. It doesn’t matter the weather, we are here to help people make wise financial decisions that best meet their needs and that is what is important in the end.”
Edward Jones Financial is located at 630 O’Brien Road.
Bruce McIntyre, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader