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Time Traveller: Stirrat's General Store was a go-to shopping spot on the North Vancouver waterfront

This is how folks got their groceries before the big supermarkets were born
Stirrats General Store

This photo from 1957 shows Stirrat's General Store at 386 Dollarton Highway. Before the era of major supermarkets and shopping malls, many people shopped in small, family-run neighbourhood stores.  

In 1935, Robert Stirrat Jr. opened a grocery store called the Stirrat General Store across from the Dollar Mill. Robert Stirrat Jr., his wife Reta, and children Robert and Marion lived in the back of the store. In the 1940s, Robert Stirrat Sr. operated the grocery. Following the Second World War, on Jan. 1, 1949, Robert Jr. opened a new general store on the Dollarton Highway (shown in the above photo) not far from the Cummins’ Store, another well-known local establishment. 

Stirrat’s General Store remained in business until 1968. 

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