Historic Sites of Manitoba: Slobinsky Warehouse / Midwest Grocers Warehouse (24-28 Derby Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone building on Derby Street in Winnipeg, measuring 57 feet by 60 feet, was designed by local architect Max Zev Blankstein and built in 1918 by day labour at a cost of about $16,000. It was used initially as a wholesale grocery business founded by brothers Abraham Slobinsky and Mandel F. Slobinsky. A one-storey brick garage, measuring 22 feet by 28 feet, and a one-storey addition, measuring 33 feet by 48 feet, were added later.

The building was occupied by the Slobinsky brothers until the late 1920s and later occupants incuded the Midwest Grocers Limited, Winnipeg Wholesale Grocery Company and, in the 1950s, the Globe Bedding Company.

Slobinsky Warehouse

Slobinsky Warehouse (May 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Slobinsky Warehouse

Slobinsky Warehouse (March 2024)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90817, W97.13704
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)

Memorable Manitobans: Abraham Slobinsky (1862-1933)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Globe Bedding Warehouse (274 Jarvis Avenue, Winnipeg)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 614/1918, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“The business man and the government liquor control act,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 June 1923, page 3.

“Abraham Slobinsky, well known Jewish winnipeger, dies,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 June 1923, page 3.

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

“Midwest Grocers Limited,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 July 1927, page 2.

“Diminishing fire loss,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 March 1928, page 5.

“Mortgage sale of valuable city property,” Manitoba Free Press, 7 February 1931, page 13.

“Burglar suspect is captured on roof,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 May 1936, page 19.

“Safe-crackers smash brick wall, get $1,200 cash,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 November 1937, page 3.

“Plant is robbed of $1,200 cash,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 November 1937, page 8.

Max Zev Blankstein, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

Max Blankstein: Architect by Murray Peterson, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, 2022.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk.

Page revised: 6 March 2024

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