District / Bannatyne
123 Bannatyne Avenue
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Marshall-Wells Company, the third-largest
hardware merchant in the United States was one of many
foreign wholesalers attracted to Winnipeg’s tremendous
market opportunities created by large-scale prairie settlement
prior to World War I.
The Duluth, Minnesota company expanded their
operations with a Winnipeg representative in 1894. In 1900,
the company built a new warehouse at 123 Bannatyne Avenue,
adjacent to a Winnipeg Transfer Railway spur line. A sales
staff of three was sent into the field to sell hardware,
exotic foodstuffs and chemicals.