/ The Exchange
136 Market Avenue
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Opportunities created by large-scale prairie settlement
prior to World War I attracted the Marshall-Wells Company
to Winnipeg in 1894.
Based in Duluth, Minnesota, Marshall-Wells was the third-largest
hardware merchant in the United States. Six years later,
a new warehouse was erected at 123 Bannatyne Avenue and
three salesmen were put into the field to sell hardware,
exotic foodstuffs and chemicals. Like many warehouses of
the time, the location was adjacent to a Winnipeg Transfer
Railway spur line.