I worked until 4:30 yesterday. I had to meet the P-Man for dinner in Vancouver at 7 pm. I hopped on the 351 bus, hopped off at the River Rock Casino, hopped onto the Canada Line, and rode it all the way down to Waterfront Station! I have been meaning to go into the new Woodward's complex in Gastown to check out the Nester's Market. The interesting thing about this market, is that the owners have been given permission to produce some of the old Woodward's Brand products.
My mom was a BIG Woodward's Food Floor shopper. In fact, when the Sevenoaks Mall opened in Abbotsford, Woodwards was an anchor tenant, and they put in a DRIVE THROUGH where you could pick up your groceries. I always liked grocery shopping, and that drive through just made it better. My mom always had a big car, and in the late 70's, she had a fire engine red, 1976 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. We used to cruise into that drive through, she would pop the trunk that was the size of a small compact car, and the little grocery kid would fill that trunk with all the groceries. That will always be my memory of Woodward's.
So yesterday...I am not sure what I was expecting...but I walked through the whole store, and did not see one Woodward's product from the past...EXCEPT for this little display of peanut butter. They did have some very cool old posters on the wall. Mostly old Woodward's ads from the 1940's and 1950's. When I got to the till to pay for my loaf of bread, I asked the cashier to tell me about the Woodward's brand products. She stared at me like I was a crazy person, and in the end, asked me if I would like her to call a manager! I had a horrible waking dream that I had just turned 90 years old, and was inquiring about an antique washboard...so I gave her the money and left. I wonder if it is true that this place still does $1.49 Day, on Tuesdays? I'm not going to even ask.