Penelakut purchases 49th Parallel General Store in Chemainus

The landmark 49th Parallel Grocery store in Chemainus has been sold to the Penelakut Tribe. (Photo by Don Bodger) The original 49th Parallel Grocery Store in Chemainus has been sold to the Penelakut Tribe.

Situated near the Penelakut/Thetis Island ferry terminal, it became known as the 49th Parallel General Store after the company’s new location opened in Chemainus Village Square. The sale takes effect in early February.

“The property’s been for sale for quite a while actually,” said Peter Richmond, president and chief financial officer of 49th Parallel Grocery. “We’re excited for Penelakut. We think it’ll be a good fit for them.”

The completion of the sale is a bit bittersweet for 49th.

After some 40 years at that location, “it’s the end of an era,” Richmond conceded. “Up to six years ago, it was our primary store.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. These things never are. We have a new store planned in Duncan. We need to reinvest in our grocery stores.”

The 49th Parallel also has another store in Duncan that used to be Bruce’s Grocery many years ago plus modern stores in Ladysmith and Cedar. The older Duncan location will remain after the new store is built there.The General Store in Chemainus housed an extensive section for Tour de Rock Cops For Cancer garage sale items under the jurisdiction of Ron Neubauer that will have to be moved to another location.“Tour de Rock fundraising, it’s been wonderful to do that from there,” said Richmond.The Penelakut Tribe is working on a business plan […]

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