Walking down Viau street, you probably realize you are surrounded by some of Montreal’s biggest landmarks and attractions, but there is likely one you aren’t aware of. On the corner of Viau and Sherbrooke streets lies the Christie Factory. Did you know that all of the Oreos in Canada are made here in Montreal, at that factory? Over 1.1 billion Oreo’s a year or 3000 cookies a minute are made in the yellow brick factory over 3 shifts with 25 employees on each shift.
If these stats were not enough to impress you and warrant a trip to see where the magic happens, then maybe the fact that they have a discount store open to the public will. Indeed, the Christie “magasin d’économies” (or discount store) is open Monday to Saturday (see opening hours below).
This place is truly a gem if you love crackers or cookies! You may find cookies (Oreos, fudge-Os, etc.), chocolate bars (Dairy milk, Caramilk, Mr. Big, Crispy Crunch, etc.), a large selection of crackers (Wheat Thins, Ritz, Vegetable Thins, Premium Plus, Swiss Cheese) and other Christie products such as Crisper’s or Bacon Dippers. The selection varies and consists of new boxes, factory seconds or bulk bags.
Prices are amazing, with new boxes at 1.75$ for crackers and 2$ for cookies. A kilo of chocolate or cookies ranging from 5-8$. There are also specials, changing on a regular basis, for example this week, banged up boxes of crackers were 3 for 2$! A steal considering that on sale at the grocery store they never go below 2$/box.
We love stocking up on crackers, cookies and chocolate and have been very impressed with the quality of the offerings. The bulk bags of Oreos taste extremely fresh and aren’t even broken. We bought bulk bags of Ritz crackers that other than not being in the box were in near perfect condition. Finally, buying a 1kg bag of unbroken Caramilk bars for 7.50$ was a splurge my wallet loved but my waistline will regret!
Here’s the info to get to the store, a 5-minute walk from the Viau metro station.
Christie Magasin d’économies
3055 Viau (at Sherbrooke), Montreal, QC, H1V 3J5.
Phone: 514-259-6921 x 375.
Hours: Mon, Thurs & Fri 8-6, Tues 6-6, Wed 7-6, Sat 9-4
Payment: Cash, Interac
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