Fonds - Associated Retail Grocers fonds

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Associated Retail Grocers fonds

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  • 1931-1987 (Creation)
    Associated Retail Grocers

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40 cm of textual records

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Associated Retail Grocers (ARG) was a trade association for independent grocers in Winnipeg incorporated in 1931. The objects of the organization included promoting business interests of members, collecting and publishing information relevant to members and arbitration between members. At its peak the ARG had more than 500 members and represented most corner grocers in the city. The ARG ceased operations in 1986.

Membership in Associated Retail Grocers was open to grocery, meat, fruit and confectionary retail business owners. The association was overseen by a nine-member board of directors and four standing committees: the Control Committee, Social Committee, Sick Visiting Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. A Ladies’ Auxiliary was also established.

Other activities of the ARG included advocating for better work conditions and hours for the industry, creating and publishing suggested retail price lists. One of the major political issues addressed by the was the “Blue Sunday” laws that prevented stores from opening on Sundays. The association also operated two subsidiaries for the benefit of its members: Consolidated Wholesale Grocers Ltd., started in 1935, and, starting in 1933, a creamery.

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Fonds consists of financial and executive records, correspondence, membership records and other records of Associated Retail Grocers’ (ARG).

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