Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Remembering the Jermyn Building
The Logan Avenue building that burned to the ground yesterday was the Jermyn Building. Here is a brief look back .....
The Jermyn was built in 1908, opening in late November. The main floor contained two retail units with five residential suites upstairs.
The first retail tenant was the the Red River Valley Employment Office run by Mrs. M. MacNeil. Focusing mainly on female professions, her office constantly advertised for cleaners, sewers, servants and restaurant help. In 1913 Red River disappeared.
The longest lasting tenant was Swedish Canadian Sales, who opened in 1941 taking up the entire main floor. The specialty tools retailer expanded to other cities in Western Canada and relocated to larger premises in 1960.
The Jermyn then became home to a string of short term, discount retailers including Utility Thrift Shop, and The Clothing Exchange. The last retailer to advertise that address was Freed's Army Surplus from 1969 to the mid 1970s.