Merchants/George Woods Building
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The George D. Woods Building, now known as the Merchants
Building, was built in 1898 to house the wholesale hardware
business of George Duncan Woods.
Woods, Vallance and Company was one of the earliest hardware
companies in the west. George D. Woods had been part of
his father's Hamilton hardware business which had
originated in 1849. The George D. Wood & Company was
an outgrowth of this firm. He moved to Winnipeg in 1880
to establish an exclusive hardware company, carrying both
shelf and heavy hardware.