Goodbye, Mr. Kripps

Comments 6 by Rebecca Bollwitt

It’s as much a fixture of Granville Street as those drunken 19 year-old suburban kids and Bruno Gerussi‘s plaque on the Walk of Fame; Kripps Pharmacy is leaving town, and the famous neon “DRUGS” sign that’s stood there for decades will be taken down.

Photo credit: bRONTE dIGITAL on Flickr

Recently the famous “Drugs” sign was vandalized and the owner, Mr. Edward Thorpe, discovered it smashed to bits by beer bottles. The family-run business has had enough of what Granville Street has become and is moving to Kerrisdale as of December 1, 2007. The neon sign won’t be going with the store due to bylaws at the new location so that electric piece of Vancouver history will end up on some trash heap somewhere.

I originally read this in the Globe and Mail over lunch today, however I cannot find an electronic copy on their site. In the story Mr. Thorpe (son in-law of Agnes and Stephen Kripps) reminisces about better days on the street where every shop was independently run and there wasn’t a 5,000 seat licensed liquor joint capacity. “It’s the creeping crap of bureaucracy. It’s getting harder and harder to do business,” said Thorpe in the Globe and Mail.

Granville had its heyday as “Theatre Row” with movie houses, diners and hat shops – now apparently it’s for police, thugs and loaded weapons. After 60 years, Kripps just no longer fits in with Granville’s “Entertainment District” persona. Best of luck to the local pioneers of anti-oxidant treatments in their new Vancouver location (5413 West Boulevard).

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  1. gusgreeperThursday, November 15th, 2007 — 4:31pm PST

    nooooooooooooooooo that SUCKS!!!

  2. DarrenFriday, November 16th, 2007 — 4:11am PST

    I never actually went in there, but it is an institution. The irony is that Granville Street is much-improved over twenty years ago–no XXX theatres, no prostitutes, fewer junkies. Unfortunately that improvement has come at the hands of national retailers and sucked a lot of the character out of the street. Combine that with the mobs of suburbanites who invade on the weekends, and it’s become a less attractive street.

  3. KarenFriday, November 16th, 2007 — 7:58am PST

    Between this and the departure of the Fido building on Georgia, I’m starting to hardly recognize the place. Tides change, I suppose.

  4. JennieFriday, November 16th, 2007 — 2:54pm PST

    Have fun in Iowa for turkey day!!!

  5. jean chalcraftSaturday, March 15th, 2008 — 11:16pm PDT

    Hi Dr. Kripps,
    I am very happy to learn that you are now in Kerrisdale. I came back from a trip to Trinidad and saw you have moved. I will definitely pay you a visit soon. Love visiting your Pharmacy. I live in White Rock so I will make it a fun day.
    Best of luck to you all.

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