Retail is kind of a big deal in Winnipeg, so much so that mayor Sam Katz cited Bed, Bath and Beyond as evidence that Winnipeg was undergoing a “renaissance” in a recent address.-fp– The opening of IKEA rocked the city and everyone is exciting about H&M coming to Polo Park shopping centre.
Big international or US chains generate the most buzz when they come to Winnipeg, but for a large segment of the population the opening of Canadian retailer Peavey Mart is probably much more meaningful.
The Alberta-based chain opened the doors at a former McDiarmid Lumber location off Nairn Avenue on Wednesday, March 26. (Thursday was their first full day of operation in Winnipeg.)
I knew nothing about Peavey until this weekend. I checked them out after I saw their flyer in the paper ($20 rubber boots!) and found that they’re sort of a combination Canadian Tire, Home Depot and Cabela’s. The store is tidy (as you would expect for a brand new store), bright, and well laid out:
That’s really all I have to say about that. More choice of places to shop is always a good thing, so welcome to Peavey Mart! My $20 rubber boots better not leak!
FYI: There ladies’ rubber boots too: