Woodwards Heritage Building Brought Back to Life with $1.49 Day Tuesdays at Nesters
It’s not surprising that this Heritage Building, which once sat derelict after bankruptcy in 1993, opens its doors on a Tuesday at 8 AM For those that remember the $1.49-day-jingle, it’s no longer a reminiscence of the past. Coined as “the one-stop shopping” before, the future of Woodward’s with the ‘W’ is back in town as a catalyst to the Downtown Eastside.
“The actual ‘W’ sign will not be officially up until sometime in June,” says a construction worker working on site.
It was packed with people lining up outside Nesters this early Tuesday morning. Buyers had their shopping carts all around the 15,000-sq.-ft. supermarket located on the corner of Abbott and Cordova and through the corridor. Most notable for their specialty items not sold elsewhere, Woodward’s food level has two levels of food items, with the supermarket in the main arena and the bakery and deli products in a smaller level just a few steps below. Their old fashioned Woodward’s PB&J were all aligned, ready to be grabbed.
Until January 9th, there will be free items you can receive from campfire bacon to Purex bathroom tissue, with $25.00 purchase in their store. T & T supermarket now has competition.
Since Woodward’s inception in 1903, it remained a part of Vancouver’s iconic display of “diversity and inclusion,” says Jim Green, a Downtown Eastside social housing developer, politician and power broker. But, with the tide moving away from the Eastside in the 90’s, the area showed deterioration leading buyers to sweep to a new downtown. Green drove the resurrection of Woodward’s when he was elected to council with COPE in 2002, but it wasn’t without the taxpayers’ efforts to buy Woodward’s from the Provincial Government in 2003, that has brought it back to life. Gregory Henriquez is the Canadian architect who made it once again a visual icon. Above the Nesters Supermarket are two towers to the Woodward’s W:32, 32 levels of residential space on West Cordova.