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'It has been an honour': Family run independent Vancouver grocer to close after 31 years

The Stratchona and Portuguese communities are losing a long-time food stop
Union Market in Strathcona will be closing Oct. 31, 2023.

For more than three decades the Bernardino family has run the Union Market in Strathcona, but they'll be closing the doors permanently at the end of this month.

It was announced Oct. 1 that the independent grocer in Strathcona specializing in Portuguese goods, among other items, would be closing for good on Oct. 31, 2023.

"It comes with mixed emotions as we announce the closure of Union Market, our beloved family business," reads a letter to customers online.

The market, founded in 1992, carries a variety of goods, from fresh produce to Portuguese custard tarts to fresh coffee. Outside its storefront at 810 Union St. tables and chairs are set up for people to enjoy what they just bought on the quiet street.

The decision to close the store was difficult, say the owners, but they're looking forward to following their dreams.

"We felt in our hearts our time here is done and we view it as the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our lives and the opportunity to explore new horizons," they write.

On social media locals have expressed disappointment at the impending loss for the community, but thank the family for serving both Strathcona and the Portuguese communities.

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