End of era for Bill Cross Men’s Shop

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - The Drumheller Mail

An era is end­ing in down­town Drumheller, as Bill Cross Men’s Shop will be clos­ing its doors.

Mel and Mau­reen Cragg an­nounced that af­ter 38 years, they have de­cided to move on. They are ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port they re­ceived from the com­mu­nity over al­most four decades.

The store has had a long his­tory in the val­ley. The build­ing it­self, at 338 Cen­tre Street, has stood since 1925 when Tony’s Ladies Wear opened, the first women’s cloth­ing shop in the Val­ley. It changed hands and busi­nesses a num­ber of times, un­til Bill Cross es­tab­lished a Drumheller lo­ca­tion. He also had shops in Oyen and Hanna. Dave Snide­man eventu- ally bought the lo­ca­tion.

In 1979, Mel be­gan work­ing for Snide­man at the shop, right out of high school. In 1985, he be­gan sewing and do­ing al­ter­ations. In 2001, Mel and Mau­reen took over the shop.

The 2,400 square foot build­ing in the down­town core will not be left un­occu- pied how­ever as Ken Ire­land, of Coun­try Bits and Baubles, will be mov­ing his shop from down the block come April 1, 2016. This will more than triple the size of his ex­ist­ing store.

Un­til then Bill Cross Men’s Shop will be hold­ing a store clear­ance sale, of­fer­ing great dis­counts.

Pa­trick Ko­lafa

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