BCTV Noon News Hour from 30 years ago focuses on tough times for Mom n’ Pop stores


Here’s a sweet archival clip from BCTV’s “Noon News Hour” back in 1984. They touch briefly on a transit strike then go into a feature on the “struggling corner store” versus the big chains. This was 30 years ago and they were talking about how the future could be dire, but as we’ve showcased in over 40 posts to our AT YOUR CONVENIENCE series a great many of these Mom n’ Pop operations are still going strong.

This is one of many gems that V.I.A. reader Rob Richardson has dug up from his collection. The source is a vast collection of VHS tapes that he recorded himself or has managed to collect from thrift stores, flea markets, storage lockers, yard sales, contacts with people in other parts of Canada and the U.S., and anywhere he can manage. He’s driven over to Vancouver Island and as far down as Olympia, Washington to rescue analogue goodness before they’ve wound up in the scrapper and we’re happy to bring you a Vancouver-centric clip each week.

Here are a number of others we’ve shared:
Blackcomb Mountain launches – 1982
The Captain, Aye Aye and Good Buy – 1994
Royal City Antiques – 1985
BC Place monster truck rally – 1985
A British Columbia Minute from CBC – 1986

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Bob is our founder and Editor-in-Chief. A family man and outdoors enthusiast in his 3rd decade of publishing, he steers the V.I.A. ship, hosts our 'BC Was Awesome' history TV show and co-hosts our weekly podcast. bobk@vancouverisawesome.com