The Landmark tower of the now defunct Woodward's in Vancouver's downtown Eastside.

  • Glenntheben PRO 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Woolworths stores and merchandise., and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • Mikey720 PRO 8y

    Hi Glen, for sure and thanks for the invite!
  • Mikey G Ottawa/Street Photographer PRO 8y

    I remember this W.
  • Stork5 7y

    The "W" stands for WOODWARD'S Stores Ltd.

    The Woodward's building was a historic building in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The original portion of the building was constructed in 1903 for the Woodward's Department Store when that area of Cordova Street was the heart of Vancouver's retail shopping district. At one time, this was the premiere shopping destination in Vancouver. The store was famous for its Christmas window displays and its basement Food Floor, and the "W" sign at the top of the building was a distinctive landmark on the Vancouver skyline. Since the bankruptcy of Woodward's in 1993, the building remained vacant except for squatting incidents. Developing this building was seen by many as a key to revitalizing the Downtown Eastside, however the demolition of the structure in 2006 and redevelopment of the site has met with some local resistance from the existing residents of the neighborhood. The Woodward's redevelopment is to be completed in the fall of 2009.

    Woodward's was a central feature of the retail scene especially in southwestern British Columbia for much of the twentieth century. The chain was distinctive in that several outlets included a large supermarket (the "food floor") as an adjunct to the department store. Many food floors were sold to Safeway Inc.. Many older western Canadians remember fondly Woodward's famous "Dollar Forty-nine Days" sales. Most Woodward's locations were converted to HBC's Bay or Zellers stores by the end of 1993. Other major retailers took over several stores, and the remaining locations were either closed or were divided into mall retail space.
  • Mikey720 PRO 7y

    Thanks Stork5, I've corrected my title!
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Taken on September 17, 2005
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