On This Day in History: Woodward’sby
It was March 3rd 1892 when Charles Woodward opened his first store on the corner of Harris Street (now Georgia) and Westminster Avenue (now Main) in Vancouver. He had just arrived in town from Ontario and the small setup sold dried foods. It wasn’t until 1895 that he added a drug department, incorporated (Woodward Stores Limited), and bought a lot on Hastings and Abbott. In 1903 Woodward’s Department Store opened its doors. Over the last century, Charles’ innovations have given us not only the department store concept (with grocery floor), but a local legacy.
The Woodward’s development is currently has tenants such as Nester’s Market (the new Woodward’s food floor), London Drugs, TD Bank, JJ Bean Coffee, The Charles Bar, Woodward’s Community Housing Coalition, W2 Community Arts, and SFU Woodward’s, along with offices and condos.
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My Mother’s first job was working in the Woodward’s Restaurant downtown. Though I wasn’t around then, she worked her way up over the years before leaving (by choice, though the company helped her along the way) – shortly before it closed it’s doors forever. I have such good memories from my trips downtown, whether it was to see Douglas Fir talk to me over the holidays or the displays in the windows.
Hi Thanks so much for sharing the pictures of Woodwards. I was an employee for about 15 years until we moved to the Okanagan in 1990, just before they closed there doors. I have many fond memories of working there. It was a great company. Do you possibly have any of the recipes from the staff cafeterias? I would love to get some of them.
just picked up an woodwards record album “old fashioned days” manufactured by the custom department of R C A victor records I was told it used to play in the store any ideas how old it is or what it may be worth…thx