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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Safeway Store / Neepawa Banner Building (243 Hamilton Street, Neepawa)

This one-storey brick building on Hamilton Street in Neepawa was constructed in 1929 by the Fusee-McFeetors Company as a grocery store for Safeway Stores Limited. Opened officially on 17 December 1929, Safeway operated the store for ten years until selling it to businessman Sydney Bates in 1939. He operated it successively as Bates and Sons then Red & White. He sold the business to Fred Burgess in 1948 who renamed it as Sunnyside Groceries, continuing until 1969. For the next 18 years, it hosted the offices for the Beautiful Plains School Division then, until 1999, it was occupied by a fabric and giftware store called The Silver Thimble. It has been occupied since 1999 by the Neepawa Banner, now the Neepawa Banner and Press. The building’s exterior is relatively unmodified from its original appearance.

Former Safeway store in Neepawa

Former Safeway store in Neepawa (February 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N50.22871, W99.46709
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Safeway Stores Limited

Manitoba Organization: Beautiful Plains School Division No. 31

Historic Sites of Manitoba: White Block / Macdonald Block (272 Hamilton Street, Neepawa)

MHS Centennial Business: Neepawa Press / Neepawa Banner and Press


The History of Neepawa Business, 1883-2018 by Cecil Pittman, Norma Forsman, and Rick Sparling, 2018, pages 384-389.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 April 2020

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