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Old Co-op Store

102 Main Street, Emerald RM 277, Saskatchewan, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2008/08/13

West aspect; James Winkel, 2009.
Old Co-op Store - Wishart
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Other Name(s)

Old Co-op Store
Lucky Dollar Store
Capital General Stores

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Construction Date(s)

1949/01/01 to 1949/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/03/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Old Co-op Store is a Municipal Heritage Property located on two municipal lots in the village of Wishart. The designation applies to a wood-frame, stucco-clad, two-storey commercial building built in 1949.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the Old Co-op Store lies in its association with the cooperative movement that flourished in Wishart in the 1940s. On July 31, 1939 six residents of the community signed a Memorandum of Association to form the Zhoda Cooperative Association Ltd. In 1944, the cooperative purchased the Capital General Stores building on Wishart’s main street and in 1949 began construction of a new grocery store on the site. The building was officially opened by Premier Tommy Douglas on June 21, 1950. By 1967, when the Zhoda Cooperative amalgamated with the Wynyard Co-op, the Wishart branch had a credit union, bulk fuel dealership, abattoir and lumber yard in addition to this grocery store. The store remained in operation until the 1990s.

The heritage value of the property also lies in its architecture. The old Co-op Store is built in the main street commercial style. This style exemplifies both a modest design that reflects the spirit of the cooperative movement, and traditional commercial elements, such as large windows on the front façade that contribute to the streetscape of Wishart’s commercial district.


Rural Municipality of Emerald No. 277 Bylaw No. 4/2008.

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the Old Co-op Store resides in the following character-defining elements:
-those elements associated with the cooperative movement in Saskatchewan, such as its existence on its original location;
-those architectural elements typical of the main street commercial style, such as the front façade with symmetrically placed large windows on the street level and smaller windows on the second level; stucco exterior and concrete pilasters; centred main entrance; and interior elements typical of a retail establishment, such as the open floor plan.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (SK)

Recognition Statute

Heritage Property Act, s. 11(1)(a)

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Property

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1944/01/01 to 1950/12/31

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Architect / Designer



George Gryba

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Saskatchewan Ministry of Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Heritage Resources Branch 1919 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK File No: MHP 2367 S4P 4H2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

MHP 2367



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