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Jenkins' Groceteria Ltd. fonds


Physical Description:
77.5 cm of textual records. -- 717 photographs

In 1909 Henry Marshall Jenkins, ?-1945, came to Calgary from Prince Edward Island, and started a grocery store with John Cornfoot. The following year he bought out his partner's share and formed Jenkins and Company. By 1918 the store had undergone considerable growth and eight additional stores opened. By 1928 seventeen stores were in operation, and the company was incorporated as Jenkins' Groceteria Limited. In the 1920s Jenkins also purchased a subsidiary, Louis Petrie Ltd., thereby engaging himself in the wholesale grocery business, servicing independent stores throughout Alberta as well as his own retail outlets. In 1945 Jenkins was succeeded by his son, Ronald Henry Jenkins, 1913-1976. In 1950 Ronald purchased a number of large factory buildings in order to expand the wholesale and warehouse departments of the business. The company's twenty-five stores were converted from service stores to cash and carry stores in 1952, and in 1959, during their 50th year of operation, they sold out to Westfair Foods Ltd. For further information see "Jenkins' Groceteria : A Chain Store" in A Business History of Alberta / Henry C. Klassen. - Calgary : University of Calgary Presss, 1999, p. 139-142.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of annual reports and shareholders's list (1947-1960); histories of the company (1952-1960); grocery price lists and mail order catalogues (1913-1939); staff relations, events and newsletters (1929-1974); newspaper clippings (1920s-1960s); Ron Jenkins' miscellaneous personal papers (1944-1973); architectural plans for the office and warehouse (1950, 1959); and extensive photographs and slides of stores, employees, advertising and promotional events, and social activities (1909-1963).

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Mrs. Anele Jenkins, Henry C. Hilton, Harold Darling, Mrs. H.G. Nolan and Audrey Harms, 1982-1999.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

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There is an interview with Ronald Henry Jenkins in the Charles Ursenbach Oral History Project at Glenbow (M-4211-7).

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-6430, M-6494, PA-2453, PB-604, PB-722, PD-191, NA-4467, NA-4501, NA-5098, RAT-31, RAD-15, S-234

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