Collection SCA411-GA478 - Budd's Dept. Stores Kitchener, Guelph, Simcoe annual picnic.

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Budd's Dept. Stores Kitchener, Guelph, Simcoe annual picnic.

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1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 41 cm

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(1926 - 2016)

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Budds Department Store was a family-owned business that first opened in Kitchener, Ontario in 1926. Four brothers from Saint John, New Brunswick, Lou, Jack, Mort, and Nat Budd purchased the Davis Economical Store at 227 King St. W. in Downtown Kitchener, reopening the doors shortly after as Budds Department Store. In 1931 the brothers opened a second location in Guelph. In 1933 the Kitchener store moved to a larger location to accommodate their growing business, and in 1937 a third location opened in Simcoe, turning their family business into a chain. Nat Budd's sons Howie and Stan got involved in the business in the 1960s, and later Howie’s son Jeff joined the business, taking over operations management and advertising in 1997. In 2015 the Budd family announced that all three locations would be shutting down due to Howie and Stan's wish to retire. In early January 2016 the Kitchener and Guelph locations closed their doors, and the Simcoe location followed within a month. Budds Department Store was just shy of its 90th anniversary.

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One photograph of the Budds Department Store annual picnic, held August 20, 1947. The photograph shows 82 people, including men, women, and children. The picnic attendees appear to include the owners and employees of the three Budds Department Store locations, as well as their families. The photograph was taken outside in an undisclosed location and the subjects appear relaxed and informal.

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Public domain.

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Duplicate of photograph is held at Guelph Museums with catalogue number 1996.23.2.

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Inscribed in pen, recto, bottom centre: Budd’s Dep[artmen]t Store- Kitchener, Guelph, Simcoe - Annual Picnic / August 20, 1947

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Inscribed in pen, recto, bottom right: Denton Photo / Kitchener / Ont[ario]

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Described by TH 2022.
Reviewed by CGD in July 2022.

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  • English

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