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Canada's most famous Newfoundland store has closed and been replaced

The Newfoundland Store has shut its doors; for more than 50 years, the beloved store in Halifax provided locals with Purity crackers, Fraser Farms meatballs and oddly-flavoured pops.

Now, the iconic landmark on the corner of Willow and Clifton will live on only in memory.

For those Canadians that live outside of Halifax, the Newfoundland Store was a little like a time machine; it allowed shoppers to travel back to the days before electronic scanners and endless shelves of pre-packed goods imported from Europe.

The white shelves were neatly organized into local goods and little gems that you couldn't find at your local supermarket.

Now, the Newfoundland Store has given way to a studio for Halifax Paper Hearts, a local company that makes whimsical greeting cards, notepads and keychains.

The company has displayed a collection of paper signs in their window in tribute to the Newfoundland Store, which famously did the same to advertise their salt cod.

Halifax residents have taken to social media to mourn the loss of the Newfoundland Store, expressing their dismay over its closure.

"The Newfoundland store was just such a sweet Halifax spot, it will be missed for sure," one person wrote.

"Those signs were Halifax's version of the iconic signs at Honest Ed's," another person chimed in, referencing the closure of an iconic Toronto landmark in 2016.

The Newfoundland Store has reportedly been a neighbourhood grocery store since 1917; in 1967, Cliff and Pat Yarn bought the store and gave it the name that locals recognize today.

Lead photo by

William Cassidy


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