Fonds - Shuswap Consumers' Co-Operative and Mainline Co-Operative fonds

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Shuswap Consumers' Co-Operative and Mainline Co-Operative fonds

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  • 1959-1981 (Creation)
    Mainline Co-operative, Salmon Arm

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40 cm of textual records

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S.A.F.E., a business parented by the Salmon Arm Farmers' Exchange, was the first retail co-operative store in Salmon Arm. When its buildings on Front Street and Shuswap Avenue were destroyed by fire in 1956, the business viability was threatened. At a special meeting , November 21st, 1959, it was resolved to liquidate the assets to the newly formed Shuswap Consumers' Co-operative Association which was incorporated in 1958.

The 1960s was a decade of operational disappointments for the new association and at a special membership meeting in January 1970, amalgamation with the Revelstoke and Shuswap Consumers' Co-operative was presented.

On September 1st, 1971, Shuswap Consumers' Co-operative Association, by special resolution, became Mainline Co-operative.

The next five years realized sufficient growth to encourage the association to consider expansion. Feasibility studies were done and in 1976, the decision was made to build and develop a shopping mall on the perimeter of Salmon Arm.

On September 15, 1977, the Mainline Co-operative opened the Cedarvale Centre at the corner of 10th Street S.W. and 10th Avenue S.W. It operated at this location until 1986 when it closed its doors.

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These records come from a private collection and are not original documents, hence the lack of both continuity and the absence of documentation of the final five years the co-operative was in business.

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The fonds is divided into eighteen series and contains financial statements, minutes, budget reports, expansion plans and development records.

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BCAUL control number: SAM-3373

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