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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Safeway Store No. 504 (535 Osborne Street, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building on Osborne Street in Winnipeg, measuring 32 feet by 80 feet, was designed by the architectural firm of Northwood and Chivers. It was built in 1929 by the construction firm of Fraser and MacDonald as a grocery for Safeway Stores Limited, at a cost of about $12,000.

The building was occupied by a pair of restaurants at the time of a 2020 site visit. Its exterior is relatively unmodified from its original appearance.

Former Safeway store on Osborne Street in Winnipeg

Former Safeway store on Osborne Street in Winnipeg (January 2020)
Source: George Penner

Former Safeway store on Osborne Street in Winnipeg

Former Safeway store on Osborne Street in Winnipeg (July 2023)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86531, W97.13477
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Northwood and Chivers / Northwood Chivers and Casey

Manitoba Business: Fraser and MacDonald

Manitoba Business: Safeway Stores Limited


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2985/1929, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Safeway stores establish main branch in city,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1929, page 8.

“70 new permits are issued during week,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 July 1929, page 8.

“Great year for store construction-permits issued,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 July 1929, page 20.

“2-day opening,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 October 1929, page 6.

“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 Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 September 2023

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