Stores in Sudbury, ON?

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Stores in Sudbury, ON?

Post by Andrew T. » 30 May 2019 19:18

Hello all,

I may be headed up to northern Ontario on a road trip soon...and road trips always mean photo opportunities. So, without further ado...

* Are there any old supermarkets in Sudbury with intact exteriors?
* Did Safeway or Steinberg ever operate in this part of the province?
* Any particular areas of the city I should check out for mid-century commercial development?

A bit of on-location research would answer all three questions, but I'd appreciate any pointers in advance.
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Post by Andrew T. » 12 Sep 2019 19:25

--belated follow-up--

I still haven't made it to Sudbury. I have, however, made it to Toronto, where a number of Sudbury city directories back to 1940 are available for the picking!

Unfortunately, I've hit a brick wall while collating research. Elm Street is the main drag through downtown where all the early supermarkets were. Until the 1980s, Elm Street also had an east-west split; most likely using the railroad as a baseline. Today, it doesn't: Address numbers start in the single digits at Notre Dame Avenue (half a kilometre east of the tracks), and increase as you move west. Every downtown address on Elm Street was evidently renumbered. But I have no idea how the addresses were renumbered, or whether other portions of the Sudbury street system were renumbered as well.

And without having access to the reverse lookup section, I can't tell where the pre-1980s addresses on Elm Street actually were!
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Post by Andrew T. » 13 Sep 2019 12:17

Progress! Sudbury city directories from 1931 to 1937 have been digitized online. Not only does this give me a chronological range of information I didn't have before (the earliest Sudbury directory in the Toronto library collection is from 1940), but this gives me access to the reverse lookup section...allowing me to disentangle the city's renumberings. Stay tuned!
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Post by Groceteria » 13 Sep 2019 16:10

Yay! It's a fun game, isn't it?

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