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Old 09-02-2009, 09:48 AM   #126
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Wowsers........... Consumers Distributing. Damn, it was huge news back then. I remember lining up the day they opened up in their Burnaby location. Correct me if I'm wrong, but Station Square in Metrotown?? It's that sporting goods store now.

Damn, so much history, huh?


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You know what, you are right. They were in the bigger store then in the final few months moved to the smaller store which is now that shitty dollar store.

The Sport check is now some golf store.
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Old 09-02-2009, 09:50 AM   #127
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Both the Safeway on Vic and 41st and Renfrew and 1st ave closed at the same time. This was back in 96 or 97. I started working at Superstore back in 98 and the LD was already there. There use to be a shoppers Drug mart on the opposite corner and closed soon after the LD was opened, then it became a 7-11 which replaced the 7-11 that was on Kingsway and Nanimo when they built the new Esso station.

The 7-11 on Vic and 41st is now gone and is that ice cream coffee place.
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I wonder why all the arcades slowly dissapeared. I used to love going to arcades when i was smaller.
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I wonder why all the arcades slowly dissapeared. I used to love going to arcades when i was smaller.
Guess business wasn't going to well for the smaller arcades. It really depends on where your location is. Johnny Zees at station square disappeared because really, who goes to Station Square? CHQ got even bigger! (compared to the T&T location)

Yet surprisingly Playdium is gone too......I never found out why Playdium closed down.
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Oh and I remember something else, it's not really history but in the mid 90's the Province would have centerfolds of almost every Canuck's player. They still had their Orange/Black/Red jersey's on then. I would always wake up in the morning and see who's the next player. I collected most of them, but I think the newspapers are all yellow now. Another Canucks moment was when they were in the Stanley Cup finals against the New york Rangers. Church's Chicken would give out free chicken for every game they won. I still remember to this day that they almost had it in the finals. I believe this was during the year of '94. Good times.
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Oh and I remember something else, it's not really history but in the mid 90's the Province would have centerfolds of almost every Canuck's player. They still had their Orange/Black/Red jersey's on then. I would always wake up in the morning and see who's the next player. I collected most of them, but I think the newspapers are all yellow now. Another Canucks moment was when they were in the Stanley Cup finals against the New york Rangers. Church's Chicken would give out free chicken for every game they won. I still remember to this day that they almost had it in the finals. I believe this was during the year of '94. Good times.
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^ yeah but there are some games that are strictly made for the arcade. I prefer home consoles as well
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I wonder why all the arcades slowly dissapeared. I used to love going to arcades when i was smaller.
Well one main reason why arcades started vanishing was mainly because of Lan Cafes. I remember spending day after day in arcades in Richmond before and then CS among other games blew up hardcore and when Lan Cafes started appearing arcades was just a thing of the past. The whole online gaming thing just became insane.
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Well one main reason why arcades started vanishing was mainly because of Lan Cafes. I remember spending day after day in arcades in Richmond before and then CS among other games blew up hardcore and when Lan Cafes started appearing arcades was just a thing of the past. The whole online gaming thing just became insane.
Yeah that's true online gaming has changed everything
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Church's Chicken would give out free chicken for every game they won. I still remember to this day that they almost had it in the finals. I believe this was during the year of '94. Good times.
Church's Chicken still gives out some kind of coupon to customers each time they win a home game. Something like that. It wasn't a killer deal, but saved you a few bucks. I know this because a lady in front of me gave me a coupon. I asked where did you get this and she told me, "Here, when the Canucks won the last game." ??????????
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any1 remember Playdium at Metrotown?

even though at that time i didnt know where burnaby was, my friends and I always used to hang out there, that was before all the teenage filth carried nines

wasnt that like 5 years ago man?
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When I graduated from Strathcona Elementary and entered Britannia Secondary, I was in for a culture shock. Never have I seen so many caucasians. As a horny little grade 8 kid, I couldn't keep my eyeballs in my sockets. Italian girls......... Mamma Mia. I've never seen girls with such huge breasts! Most of them were pretty stuck up and had no time for skinny little Asians. I was so shy in grade 8. And those grade 12 boys. They were pretty scary in their football jackets. Football was really big at Brit back in those days. We had a great team. Barry Houlihan was the star of the team. He went on to play for the Lions until his career ended due to a terrible car crash. He went on to be a sportscaster for a local TV station and was pretty good at it.

I think our football team won the provincial title one year (Shrine Bowl) and went to the finals a few times. Our rivals back then were the Notre Dame Jugglers (private school bastards). They always seemed to beat us. I don't think Britannia even has a football team now. The football coach at the time was Mr. Shreiber <sp?> and Bill Vance, Jodi Vance's father, taught PE.

Britannia is Vancouver's oldest secondary school. In those days, the student body consisted of Asians from the Strathcona/Seymour feeder schools, while the remainder were Italians from the schools around the Commercial Street neighbourhood. You'd figure there would be some racial tensions there, but I never saw any of it. The school itself was not what it is today. They added a new wing to the school while I was there. I remember having science classes there along with shop classes. Walking across the skywalk between the old building and the new wing was awesome. A few years after I left Britannia, they built the ice rink, where the Canucks used to practice, squash court facility, and added the elementary school. I went back to Brit about two years ago and went in to see what it was like. To my surprise, there were some former teachers of mine still teaching there. How amazing is that? I thought they were older than the hills when I was a student there.

As far as the other secondary schools around the area went, Van Tech and Templeton were known to be the dumping grounds of East Vancouver. Students who got kicked out of the other schools would get transfered to Templeton. If they couldn't get their shit together there, they got shipped off to Van Tech. So, Van Tech was full of misfits and losers. Sorry, but that's the way it was back then. I'm sure those two schools had their regular classes for normal kids and then the special classes for the problem kids.

In fact, toward the end of my stay at Brit, I think they started a special program for kids who couldn't make it in regular classes - probably some principal from the other two schools said, "Fuck you Britannia, stop sending us your losers!" I remember the program being called 8H, 8J or something like that. We really never really saw the kids from there. Only in the yearbooks, because they were in portables way off at the other end of the football field. It was probably for druggies and pregnant girls. Yes, we had them back then, too.

Both Strathcona and Britannia have shrunken in size since I went there. The last I heard, Strathcona sold or rented one of their buildings to someone else. I'm not sure if it is a private day care or a private language school. Britannia is having a hard time keeping any programs afloat. Band, music, the arts, they're all fading out. So sad to see great things like that go. So much pride and history at that school and now it's like a wasteland.
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That was before Victoria and 41st became known as Victoria Square. I remember that because I lived on 41st, not 200 steps away from that Safeway. Sometime back in 1998? 1999?
More like late 80s.

I remember it went like this:

1. Union threatened to strike
2. Safeway threatened to close stores
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5. Safeway closed stores.

The lot sat empty for like >5 yrs cuz Safeway didn't want LD to move in.
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Though not as interesting as the really old stuff that 89blkcivic posted, here is what I have to offer.
Joyce station area now was completely different back in the late 70's/early 80's. I remember living in a 1 level shack of a house till my family moved when I was 3. That area use to be full of warehouses. The last warehouse was torn down 4-5 years ago before they built the last condo.

Along Broadway, where the condo's are on the southeast corner with Nanimo st. there use to be a GMC truck dealership there. Even in 1990, the dealership was still there till around closed and that was when they started to build those leaker condo's.

Accross the street use to be an IGA on one corner and a small parking lot on the other side. I remember the IGA was already closed by the early mid 90's and was closed for quite a bit of time before they tore it down and built the condo. A few blocks east is another condo that use to be a church. I believe they tore the church down and moved it across the street to where it is now back in 1993. I remember that church because I went there for daycare before I was old enough to attend kindergarden.
Where the new church is on the south east corner, that use to be an old warehouse/building.
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Along Broadway, where the condo's are on the southeast corner with Nanimo st. there use to be a GMC truck dealership there. Even in 1990, the dealership was still there till around closed and that was when they started to build those leaker condo's.

Accross the street use to be an IGA on one corner and a small parking lot on the other side. I remember the IGA was already closed by the early mid 90's and was closed for quite a bit of time before they tore it down and built the condo.
I knew about the GMC dealership, but did not know about the IGA. Man, used to go to Trocodero's during the high school days. That place was very popular. Not anymore from what I see. All those times going to Trocodero and never looked that way. Mind you, we always came from 1st Ave when we went to Trocodero's.

I'm trying to think what other restaurants existed back then that aren't around anymore. Little Billy's? Plum Blossum on Renfrew and Grandview Hwy. Is Nick's Spaghetti House on Commercial still around?
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Oh......... just remembered a restaurant that was soooo popular in the 70's. It was like the place to be, if you had a bit of cash. Something like the Keg, but a tad better. It was called Victoria Station. I think the restaurant was built with railway cars. It was in the Downtown Core. Somewhere near where BC Place is now. I should google to see if there's some info on it.
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I'm trying to think what other restaurants existed back then that aren't around anymore. Little Billy's? Plum Blossum on Renfrew and Grandview Hwy. Is Nick's Spaghetti House on Commercial still around?
Nick's is still on Commercial drive. I go there for lunch with customers/suppliers once every few months.

Little Billy's was on Nanimo and 2nd. That place has changed owners/restaurant names quite a few times. Now it is called Jaguar's or something like that and they serve chinese food and BBT.

Not too sure about Plum Blossum.
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