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THE WOODWARDS

 

Charles Woodward

Early History with Charles Woodward.

Charles Woodward moves West

             His Diary version.

A Column of Woodward’s start in Vancouver

Woodward’s management in 1949

W. C. Woodward

          World War II Service

P A Woodward

          Food Merchandiser

C. N. (Chunky) Woodward

          Army Career

Cowboy

C. C. (Kip) Woodward

          Kip today

G. W. (Woodie) MacLaren

         

WOODWARD STORES LIMITED

  

          Woodwards in 1949

History with list of stores. 

Senior executive careers

Store 2 – Edmonton Center

Food Floors

Woodwyn Stores.

Bankruptcy

 

 

When we think of Woodward Stores we recall the large department stores with associated food floors, which dominated the retail scene in western Canada. But Woodward Stores was much more. There were many other retail endeavours and associated services.

 

OTHER RETAIL

 

          Service Stations

 

          Book Stores

 

          The Coggery

 

          Meat Store at Park Royal

 

          Catalogue

 

          Furniture Fairs

A warehouse showroom concept modelled after Levitz and Wickes. The stores displayed furniture in room sized setting. The Burnaby store opened in 1973 and the Edmonton in 1975. The concept featured selection, immediate availability and low prices. If you saw furniture in the showroom there was one available, in its original carton, in the warehouse. Bob Jackson was the project manager for this venture and Dennis Zucatto managed them. The concept was not successful and both locations are currently used by Costco. In the US, Levitz and Wickes have both gone into bankruptcy.

 

          Marina at Coal Harbour

 

          Abercrombie and Fitch

A franchise selling high quality merchandise. There were four stores in Vancouver (Oakridge Center, 1985), Edmonton (1985), Toronto, and Montreal (1987). They received substantial financial incentive from the owners of the malls in which they were located, and despite this they were not successful. William Van Unen was promoted to President of Abercrombie and Fitch Canada to operate the stores.

         

WHOLESALE and MANUFACTURING

 

Britalta Drugs

          Britalta was managed by Peter Lynch for many years. The company provided prescription drugs for all stores in BC and

Alberta. Fast service for special orders was provided by the office box service from the data processing department. Offices and warehouse were on the seventh floor in the downtown Vancouver store. Britalta also used the Grocery Order Processing System.

 

          J. R. Phillips

J. R. Philips provided tobacco products and associated gadgets to all stores in BC and Alberts. They were among the first users of the Grocery Order Processing System which provided a complete store ordering, billing, and inventory control with warehouse purchasing assist, for thousands of items. Offices and warehouse were in the MacLean building in Gastown, on Powell street, Vancouver.

         

Supply Department – Article from the Beacon, March – April 1970

 

 

          Delpak Foods

          Peanut butter, coffee roasting, and bakery

          Drapery Manufacturing

 

WAREHOUSING AND DELIVERY

 

          Grandview Warehouse

          Strathcona Warehouse

          Knight Street Warehouse

          Brad Street Warehouse

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

          Advertising and Display

          Human Resources

          Customer Credit Services

          Information Technology

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