Manitoba Business: Piggly Wiggly Canadian Limited

The first Piggly Wiggly grocery stores in Manitoba were constructed in mid-1929. In 1935, a majority of the company’s assets was acquired by Safeway Stores Limited and some stores were closed, to be reopened as other businesses. Others had been converted to the Safeway banner by the late 1930s.

Manitoba Stores (1930s)

City

Location

Built

Status (2020)

Winnipeg No. 1

243 Lilac Avenue

?

Restaurant

Winnipeg No. 2

1040 Portage Avenue

?

Wellness centre

Winnipeg No. 3

1413 Main Street

?

Food manufacturer

Winnipeg No. 4

110 Marion Street

?

Demolished (?)

Winnipeg No. 5

875 Portage Avenue

?

Vacant

Winnipeg No. 6

619 Broadway

?

Grocery store

Winnipeg No. 7

615 Ellice Avenue

1929

Community office

Winnipeg No. 8

219 Kelvin Street

?

Demolished (?)

Winnipeg No. 9

700 Osborne Street

1929

Bookstore

Winnipeg No. 10

384 Academy Road

?

Grocery store

Winnipeg No. 11

525 Academy Road

?

Demolished (?)

Winnipeg No. 12

611 Sargent Avenue

?

Recreation club

Winnipeg No. 13

926 Grosvenor Avenue

?

Restaurant

Winnipeg No. 14

775 Westminster Avenue

1929

Grocery store

Winnipeg No. 15

1315 Portage Avenue

?

Demolished (?)

Winnipeg No. 16

1821 Portage Avenue

1929

Vacant

Winnipeg No. 17

61 Sherbrook Street

?

Restaurant and music venue

Winnipeg No. 18

371 Broadway

?

Demolished (c1970s)

Winnipeg No. 19

393 St. Mary's Road

?

Demolished (?)

Winnipeg No. 20

137 Osborne Street

1929

Restaurant

Winnipeg No. 21

607 Portage Avenue

?

Demolished (?)

Winnipeg No. 22

467 Sargent Avenue

1933

Grocery store

See also:

Manitoba Business: Safeway Stores Limited

Sources:

“Piggly Wiggly to open first city store soon,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 May 1929, page 2.

“Dramatic developments in Winnipeg herald important changes in retail business,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 October 1929, page 5.

“Probe hears of Piggly Wiggly stores setup,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 October 1935, page 3.

“For Easter … It’s Swift’s premium ham,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 April 1936, page 12.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

We thank Donald Burroughs for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 October 2023