Historic Sites of Manitoba: Safeway Store No. 509 (1333 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, measuring 32 feet by 80 feet, was constructed by W. A. Irish and Company as a grocery for Safeway Stores Limited. It was opened officially on 23 November 1929. The building was in use as a pet supplies store at the time of a 2020 site visit. Its storefront is extensively modified from the original appearance although the side facing Valour Road preserves some early elements.

Former Safeway store on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg

Former Safeway store on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg (April 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88270, W97.18934
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Saul and Irish Construction Company / W. A. Irish and Company

Manitoba Business: Safeway Stores Limited


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 4515/1929, City of Winnipeg Archives.

[Advertisement], Winnipeg Tribune, 22 November 1929, page 4.

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

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and George Penner.

Page revised: 26 February 2024

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