Co-operatives have a long history of serving members in Western Canada. In the early 20th century, people worked together to create retail co-operatives in many towns in the four western Canadian provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia).
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Swan Valley Consumers Co-op was formed in the spring of 1940 with the official date of incorpoartion as April 17, 1940. The first stored opened on Main Street in Swan River carrying petroleum products and feed. Sales to October 31, fiscal year end, of that year were $40,000. The second full year of operation, sales were $80,000.
The 1940's were years of expansion, with branch stores opening in Durban, Bowsman, and Benito. Not all of these operations were successful and the Benito operation lasted only a few years. The Durban location operated until 1970 and the Bowsman store until 2005.
In 1948, the Swan River store was completely destroyed in a fire. This store was rebuilt and opened in 1949. This new store was operated until 1959, when strong growth necessitated the building of a new shopping centre. Over the next forty years, this building saw many expansions and renovations.
By the mid 1960's, Swan Valley Co-op was operating a Shopping Centre that sold food, hardware, dry goods, furniture & appliances and lumber; a Service Station; and a Petroleum & Farm Supply department in the town of Swan River. We also had branch operations in Bowsman, Birch River and Durban.
Continuously declining sales resulted in the Durban branch being closed in 1970 and the Birch River operation in 1977. In 1996, the lumber department was closed.
In 1998, the Co-op acquired Johnston Ventures, a local independent crop supply and feed dealer. This new acquisition was combined with our own farm supplu operation at the new location on Highway 83 South.
In 2002, after much debate, a decision was made to build a new Food and Fashions store which replaced the shopping centre built in 1959.
In 2006, a new cardlock facility was built on Kelsey Trail (Highway 10 North). Also, in 2006, the decision was made to close the Bowsman store.
In 2010, construction began on our new Gas Bar/C-Store/Carwash facility on Kelsy Trail next to the cardlock facility. This site opened in 2011 and the existing Service Station on Main Street was closed and demolished to add more parking for the Food Store.