Iconic 3 Vets store closing its doors in Vancouver

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WATCH: A store that has been selling all things outdoors for 70 years will close for good later this year. Grace Ke tell us why “3 Vets” is shutting down – Apr 25, 2017

After 70 years in business, another iconic Vancouver store is shutting down for good.

The owners of the 3 Vets store at 2200 Yukon Street have confirmed they have made the “difficult decision to close its doors.”

In 1947, the store’s founder and Second World War veteran Bill Wolfman enlisted the help of two other vets to open up a store on Prior and Main.

He began the business with the idea of ending a shortage of bedding in logging and mining camps in Vancouver by using military surplus supplies.

In 1968, the city expropriated the land that the store was on in order to build the Georgia Viaduct. So Wolfman and his wife opened up a 10,000-square-foot store on Yukon Street and West 6th Avenue, where it evolved from a military surplus store to a true outdoor store.

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Keith and his brother Jerry joined the family business in the 1960s. The brothers, who have been at it for 50 years, said it was tough to make the decision to sell the family-owned business but since they’re getting older and have had a few medical issues, it was time to retire.

“It comes time where after giving 50 years of your life to the public whole-heartedly comes a time where you want a little time for yourself and your spouse,” Jerry said.

Jerry said the family was approached by a land developer years ago about selling the building and they turned it down. But then the developer came back with an offer that was too good to refuse.

Both brothers said it’s still going to be a sad time when the store closes.

“With the help of our wonderful customers, the store has since survived as one of Vancouver’s only family-run outdoor stores,” the store owners said in their announcement of the closure on Facebook.

“It has been an absolute pleasure helping all of you with your outdoor needs. We have enjoyed helping you get ready for camping trips, hiking treks, summer camp and other outdoor activities and we loved hearing about your adventures when you returned home. We can’t thank you enough for all the support you have offered us over the years. It’s been an incredible journey watching multiple generations of customers grow up with us!”

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The store will officially be closing in November of this year.

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