The Hudson's Bay Company, Winnipeg, Manitoba

The most famous store of the
Hudson's Bay Company
Portage Avenue in Winnipeg

Hudson’s Bay Company (The Bay)
Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba

SUnset 3-2112 

Hardware • Garden Shop • Paints
  Foodmart • The Coffee Mug • Baymart

Main Floor
Jewellery • The Diamond Room • Dress Accessories • Hosiery • Women’s Slippers • Handbags • Small Leathers • Women’s Gloves • Cosmetics
 • Main Floor Sportswear • Blouses • Sweaters • Scarves • Candies • Cameras • Tobaccos • Canadiana Shop • Men’s Dress Shirts • Men’s Casual Shirts • Men’s Sweaters • Men’s Personal Furnishings • Men’s Distinctive Gift Bar • Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Pants • Leisure Wear • That Man Shop • Men’s Suits • Men’s Outerwear • 317 Shop • Hudson Room • Made-to-Measure Shop • Men’s Shoes • Career Shop

Under the Mezzanine Stationery • Notions • Drugs • Boys’ Wear • Campus Shop • Casual Shop

Gift Wrapping • Governor’s Table (Gourmet Foods)

Second Floor
Fashion II Dresses • Fashion II Sportswear • Fashion II Coats •Flair ‘n’ Value Shop •  Innerfashions • Sleep and Loungewear • Lingerie • Duster and Robe Shop • Baby Shop • Baby Furniture • Pre-School Girls’ Wear • Pre-School Boys’ Wear • Primary Grade Girls’ Wear • Youths’ Wear • Kinetics (Teens) • Carousel (Young Teens) • Children’s Shoes • Vibrations (Young Men) • Sporting Goods • The Locker Room • Sports Shop •  Pet Shop

Third Floor
Misses'  Dresses • Misses' Coats and Suits • Four Seasons Shop • Misses's Sportswear • Better Dresses • Better Sportswear • Special Size Shop • Women’s Shoes • Women’s Casual Shoes • Young Footwear • Fur Salon • Contempo • Town and Country • Mirror Room • Bridal Salon
  Beauty Salon • Jeunesse • Today Shop

Fourth Floor
Fashion Fabrics • Art Needlework • Sewing Machines • Major Appliances • Televisions • Radios • Stereos • Portable Electronics • Plug-In Shop • Pianos and Organs • Housewares • Housekeeping • China • Glassware • Silverware • Linens • Staples • Bath Boutique • Magi Shop (seasonal)

Fifth Floor

Floor Coverings • Lamps and Accessories • Draperies • Toytown • Books • Records • Coin & Stamps Shop • Art Supplies • The Georgian Room Restaurant • Cash Office • Credit • Customer Service

Sixth Floor
The Paddlewheel Restaurant • Fashion Furniture • Accessory Furnishings • Mattresses • Decorative Accessories • The Bay Gallery • Trim the Home Shop

Parkade-Fourth Floor
Auto Accessory Shop

Unicity Fashion Square (1975)
120,000 sq. ft. 
Canadiana Buffet

St. Vital Centre (1978)


  1. I believe the Downtown Winnipeg store is 675,000 square feet. I recall this from an old HBC Annual Report, where it was listed as their 'largest' store, before Simpson's on Queen Street became The Bay.

  2. I thought folks should know

    floor 3,5 and 6 are shut down

    based on activity wile I was there
    it's days are numbered even with zellers being
    in the basement

    zellers is being bought by anther company
    and from info told they do not like being limted
    to hours

    it will be the last one run for a time then
    shut down

    which means floor 1,2,4 and maybe
    the restaurant on the 6th floor
    and even that it's days are numbered

    most of the departments have been down sized

    the building is showing it's age do to lack of care

    too bad but that's how it go's

  3. I am an Auctioneer with Michener Allen in Calgary, AB. We have a little piece of Hudsons Bay Co history up for sale July 23, 2011. A 1928 Pontiac T-19 Saw Truck used to cut firewood for HBC Winnipeg!

    This unit was purchased in 1933 by Mr. Love who set it up with a McCormick 6-hp stationary pump engine and a large commercial production wood saw. Mr. Love supplied the Hudson Bay Company and local residents with firewood until his retirement in 1960, having cut 32-40 cords per day for 30 years! This machine set the standards for the City of Winnipeg licensing department for wood cutting permits. Mr Love also worked with the Winnipeg Parks Board cutting wood for skating shacks.
    This unique piece of historic equipment received an outstanding chassis & drive train restoration in Calgary by Shaw GMC. Local collector Vic Halse purchased the truck in 1997 and restored the wood frame body and fenders, running boards. The pump engine & saw were restored to factory specifications.
    Michener Allen Auctioneering conducts special Collector Car Auctions in the last week of July. We are fortunate to be able to feature little piece of Western Canadian history that would be of special interest to executives in the Forestry or Pulp & Paper industries.

    Bidders may participate in person or by proxy, by completing the absentee bidder form attached. The auctioneer will then bid on your behalf, as if you were standing right next to him, therefore, the final hammer price could be less than your original bid. You may fax you bid to (403) 226-0707 or call Gavin @ (403) 333-0101 for further details.

  4. Hi: I am seeking the name of an illustrator for the John Wanamaker Catalogue from 1939-1944. TYhis particular artist was a female with the name of "Walley". I have not confirmed the spelling of her name. She and her husband ran an art studio in NYC, and I am trying to find out about their studio.

    Do you have any idea if I could find out the name of this artist?
    I am trying to track now information about the nature of that studio.
    marc kohler(Lionspen)

  5. The downtown building is unfortunately abandoned. Nobody wants to save it and according to a recent news report its useful value is a whopping $ zero. Too bad nobody wants to look after such classic buildings but the cost is just prohibitive unfortunately.

  6. The famous former Flagship store should be repurposed into a Museum.


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