Say­ing Good­bye

Das Schwarze Brett - - INSIDE STORY -

Eu­ro­pean Im­por­ters has now clo­sed, as of De­cem­ber 19th, 2017. It re­al­ly hap­pe­n­ed! So­me com­ments from the Ger­m­ans in Van­cou­ver Face­book Pa­ge are: “Wer­de den La­den sehr ver­mis­si­on. Be­son­ders zur Weih­nachts­zeit.” or “Da mu­es­sen wir wie­der die Deutsch­land Pa­cke­te ein­fu­eh­ren” or “Do not clo­se. It would be so sad.”

The bu­si­ness, un­der the ma­nage­ment of Karl von Ren­es­se, opened its doors as “Eu­ro­pean Wareh­ou­se” in 1957. He ca­me to Van­cou­ver in 1975 and mo­ved in­to a wareh­ou­se on Rail­way Street. When that bur­ned down, they mo­ved to Alex­an­der Street, clo­se to Op­pen­hei­mer Park and the Frey­be Sto­re. Fi­nal­ly, they bought the wareh­ou­se on 220 Pri­or Street in 1980 and be­ca­me “Eu­ro­pean Spe­cial­ty Im­por­ters” at the end of 1980.

Trau­te & Karl ran the sto­re to­ge­ther, un­til Karl di­ed in 1994 at the age of 63. Jas­mi­ne, their daugh­ter, went to BCIT and took a Ho­tel Ma­nage­ment cour­se with a fo­cus on food & be­ver­a­ges. Karl al­so spent so­me ti­me trai­ning his daugh­ter in how to run the sto­re. She star­ted wor­king the­re around the age of 21 and was still the­re at the “bit­ter end.”

The high­lights of the sto­re we­re the ye­ars lea­ding up to Ex­po ‘86, when Eu­ro­pean Im­por­ters sup­p­lied most of the Ger­man de­li’s, bake­ries and gro­ce­ries across Van­cou­ver Af­ter that, the sa­les de­cli­ned un­til it just ma­de sen­se to sell the place. Both Trau­te & Jas­mi­ne will be re­ti­ring and mo­ving on to other things.

I will be pos­ting lots of pic­tu­res on my West­co­ast Ger­man News Blog, most of which we­re ta­ken by Dietrich Klaue..

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