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An architectural history of Safeway

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Late 1960s post-Marine Safeway on Ness Avenue.

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Late 1960s post-Marine Safeway on Ness Avenue.

Another longtime retail giant is disappearing from Winnipeg's retail landscape. Last year it was Zellers after a 79-year run in the city. Today, it is Safeway's turn after 84 years.

Canada Safeway Limited set up shop in Winnipeg in May 1929. Their first round of construction consisted of a commercial bakery and eight stores that opened in October. With further construction and the acquisition of other chains, within six months it had 30 stores in Winnipeg and a distribution network that stretched across the West.

One thing Safeway leaves behind is a rich architectural footprint. The chain custom-built their stores to fit its needs and many of these buildings are still in use, and recognizable as former Safeways, today.

 

In 2010, Christian Cassidy did a four-part series on the history of Safeway in Winnipeg. Read it on his blog, westenddumplings.blogspot.ca/

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 16, 2013 A10

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