Nov 5 2006
neon apple sign out front of Magee Grocery is a Kerrisdale landmark,
but the store started life without the sign, a block away at 49th
and Maple. Eddie Lex was there the day it moved to its current
location. "1944 on the first of July. It was a weekend. The first
of July was on Saturday. Safeway moved out, Magee moved in."
85, had been discharged from the Royal Canadian Air Force at Boundary
Bay and found work at the grocery store. "I was the meat cutter
till 2003." He's done pretty much everything at this store, including
own the place for a couple of decades, during his 59 years of
its vintage look, Magee has undergone some changes. "The meat
used to be on the other side and we used to do a lot of deliveries,
in the '40s and early '50s. At one time it was the best independent
grocery store in the city of Vancouver. It used to do between
$2 and $3 million a year."
recalls when East and West boulevards were completed in the 1950s.
"We had a big parade when the road was upgraded and made into
what it is now. Before when you got off the pavement there was
no curb. It was just dirt." The apple? "That sign went up in 1948.
I think it's great."