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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building / Safeway Store No. 514 (1793 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building on Main Street in Winnipeg was designed by Calgary-based architect Reginald Edwardes McDonnell (1887-1963) and constructed in 1919 as a branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada. In the late 1930s, it was repurposed as a grocery store for Safeway Stores Limited. It was occupied by an office supplies store at the time of a 2020 site visit.

Former Safeway store on Main Street in Winnipeg

Former Safeway store on Main Street in Winnipeg (April 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.93747, W97.11660
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Manitoba Business: Safeway Stores Limited

Sources:

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

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk, George Penner, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2022

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