Winnipeg Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1930-1985

Winnipeg is a fascinating place to study chain supermarket history. Aside from is own homegrown early chains, such as Neal’s, Jewel, and Shop-Easy, Winnipeg is one of the few places where A&P, Safeway, Loblaw’s, and Dominion operated simultaneously (the other, I think, being Southern Ontario in the 1970s and early 1980s). Photos and more history to follow.

This is a list of all chain grocery locations my research has uncovered in Winnipeg between 1930 and 1985, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. There may be some omissions due to incomplete or missing data, etc. and I welcome suggestions and corrections. Please read about my methodology for more information about what I do and do not include.

View and download a copy of this location spreadsheet via Google Sheets.

Store tags:

  • A&P
  • Dominion
  • Econo-Mart
  • Foodland
  • IGA
  • Jewel
  • Loblaws
  • Lucky Dollar
  • Neal’s
  • Payfair
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Red & White
  • Safeway
  • Shop-Easy
  • Shop-Rite
  • Tom Boy
Updated on 26 November 2022

One thought on “Winnipeg Chain Grocery/Supermarket Locations, 1930-1985

  1. Jason B.

    December 2, 2019 at 5:08am

    The Safeway store at 1081 Ellice Avenue in Winnipeg apparently closed in 2008. Here is a Google Street View from Sept. 2007:,-97.1823836,3a,75y,14.29h,97.89t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sYjHPqI34UbUS4DD7El8HdA!2e0!5s20070901T000000!7i3328!8i1664

    As another user noted in 2010 elsewhere on this message board, a longtime customer of that Safeway store shot video circa 2008 of the building’s final days as a Safeway store and even recorded the removal of the “SAFEWAY” letters from the large pylon sign in the parking lot. See:

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  2. rick

    February 1, 2024 at 11:14pm

    there was a grocery store on notre dame next to what was a royal bank close to bannning street around 1960 to 1970(?)

    does anyone recall the name of it and what it was changed to – it was a small convenience store not a chain

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  3. Patricia Simcoe-Rosenbaum

    May 15, 2024 at 2:58am

    Service Grocery 623 Main Street (a few doors S of Occidental Hotel (Logan and Main area) owned and operated by my father-in-law Abe Rosenbaum, an immigrant from Ukraine, approx 1932 to 1962/63. A guy moved into the building next door and had a fire. My father-in-law had apparently just reduced his insurance … bad timing

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  4. Patricia Simcoe-Rosenbaum

    May 15, 2024 at 3:07am

    Oakview Grocery at corner of Oakview and Brazier St in EK for many years (approx late 50’s to mid 70’s). An hidden gem. The best corned beef in Wpg. Charlie Moglove retired and sold the business in the 1970’s. Lots of articles on his corned beef.

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