The mysteries of Eaton Groceteria in Canada

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The mysteries of Eaton Groceteria in Canada

Post by Andrew T. » 10 Jul 2019 22:19

Does anyone know about the Eaton Groceteria chain of stores? It's a name that's come up a number of times in my Ontario research...and it offers up a host of mysteries I've yet to solve.

Was this a division of the Eaton's department store chain that went belly-up in 1999?

In cities such as London, St. Thomas, Woodstock, and Sault Ste. Marie, Eaton Groceteria stores had become established by 1930...more or less in tandem with the other Canadian chains (Dominion, Loblaw, and A&P). But within a decade, they were gone. In London, they had disappeared by 1935; in the smaller cities of St. Thomas and Woodstock, they were gone by 1940. In Sault Ste. Marie they were still there in 1939, but had vanished by 1945. What caused them to go out of business so quickly?

I haven't found much in the way of answers online, but I have found clues that they did business in Edmonton and Saskatoon...so they were national (or at least inter-regional) in scope.

Any ideas?
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