The Way We Were - Piggly Wiggly

Words by Helena McMurdo

If you were wondering where to get groceries in South Granville 1934, look no further than your local Piggly Wiggly at the corner of 14th and Granville. According to historyvancouver.ca, a May 1929 advertisement in The Province for Piggly Wiggly boasted 28 locations in Vancouver, one in West Vancouver, one in Victoria, one in New Westminster. At the time of the photo below, South Granville customers had just two more years to enjoy Piggly Wiggly. The chain would be purchased in 1936 by Safeway.

Piggly Wiggly Ltd. and Crescent Court, Granville and West 14th, 1934, Photographer / Studio: Frank, Leonard Photo courtesy of VPL Archives

Piggly Wiggly Ltd. and Crescent Court, Granville and West 14th, 1934, Photographer / Studio: Frank, Leonard
Photo courtesy of VPL Archives

Sadly, the days where you could just roll up in your model T, secure "Angel Parking" and grab a quart of milk are a thing of the past. Today the building above is the home of the Crescent Court Apartments and La Vie en Rose, a trip to which, incidentally makes me feel like a wiggly piggly. Coincidence? I think not.


Posted on October 9, 2015 and filed under The Way We Were.