Thursday, 10 May 2012

Vernon Drive Grocery Store

Situated across from Admiral Seymour school, Vernon Drive Grocery occupies the front part of a building that was built over 100 years ago.  Most of these older mom and pop type grocery stores have disappeared from the Vancouver landscape over the last 20 years. Of the ones remaining, this is the only one I can recall seeing with Pepsi advertising instead of the bright red Coca Cola button signs.


  1. Thanks for sharing your capture of this, love seeing some of the old mom and pop corner stores. I agree, there not too many left in Vancouver.

  2. I came here all the time when I was a student at Seymour Elementary. Aside from pop, candy and chocolate bars, they had prepared foods like salads and sandwiches, and hot food under a heated display at the counter. Their fried chicken was AWESOME, and was peppery and crispy, not to mention HUGE and cheap, at 75 cents for a whole thigh. They also sometimes had donuts that my sister got, though they weren't very fresh.

    The man who used to run the place was so nice. If you were short a quarter, he would let it slide and say you could pay him back 'next time'. His wife/the female owner wasn't as kind, and was actually kinda mean to the kids. These 2 people probably aren't there anymore, as I heard this place has changed owners a bunch of times in the last decade.

  3. In 1911, My husband's grandparents, Andrew and Bolette (Mortensen) Bendickson, sons Holger and Adolf, and 3 lodgers, lived at 700 Vernon Drive - the grey house on the corner. Andrew and Bolette immigrated from Norway and met and married in Vancouver. Andrew (Andreas Johan Bendiksen Eithun)
    was a carpenter and the family ran a grocery store which we believe is the one pictured. We would be interested in other stories or connections to the family. Thank you for the picture, Margaret Bendickson

  4. Further to the comment above - The Bendicksons did operate the store, proven. They lived at 700 Vernon Drive from 1903 and possibly sooner until 1921. The store and House were both built in 1901.