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 known chain grocery addresses in Winnipeg between 1930 and 1985, compiled from city directories, telephone books, and other sources. It is generated through a live Google Spreadsheet so it reflects the latest information I have.

Access and download the 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

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:
    https://www.google.com/maps/@49.8936981,-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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKocYIPzxhM

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