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Delta throwback: Tsawwassen's new department store

The central location at the mall on 56th Street was described as ideal
Hundreds of customers packed the new Tsawwassen location in search of bargains. Delta Optimist file

Let’s take a trip back to Aug. 26, 1971 when the opening of a new store in Tsawwassen created a lot of buzz.

Ten minutes after the new Robinson store opened at the Delta Fair shopping centre, hundreds of customers packed the location in search of bargains.

Mayor Dugald Morrison was on hand for the official ribbon cutting with Clare C. Leckie, president and General Manager of Robinson, Little and Company Ltd., from Winnipeg.

The 14,000-square-foot “junior department store” was one of the largest Robinson stores in B.C. at the time.

The store had a wide variety of clothing for the entire family, fabrics, household products, cosmetics and toys.

The store also had a 14-stool lunch counter.

“The emphasis of Robinson stores is on quality merchandise and consistent day-to-day values at moderate prices,” the company stated in an interview at the time.