Longtime independent Vancouver grocer Stong's Market reopens at new Dunbar location

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      Just in time for Christmas, a longtime neighbourhood favourite has returned to its homebase in Dunbar.

      Stong's, established in 1931 with one of Vancouver's first open-air markets, launched its first storefront in 1955, and even expanded to a five-store chain in the 1960s.

      The Dunbar store relocated twice before settling upon a location at 4560 Dunbar Street, which opened in 1980.

      As the site was slated for redevelopment, the store was closed on May 10.

      Stong's new location at 4221 Dunbar Street under construction.
      Stong's Market

      Stong's Market and Deli moved a few blocks from Dunbar and 29th Avenue to set up shop at Dunbar at 26th Avenue in a new mixed-use building that houses 50 condos.

      The new and improved Stong's has grown from 14,000-square-feet to a 20,000-square-foot space at 4221 Dunbar Street, which opened on December 3.

      Stong's Market in Dunbar
      Stong's Market

      The new location features much of what was available in the previous location in addition to new offerings: woodstone-oven pizzas, custom bouquets, a bakery, and a café.

      There's also a free underground parkade.

      Stong's Market in Dunbar
      Stong's Market

      Stong's also opened a 20,000-square-foot location on May 28 in North Vancouver at 2150 Dollarton Highway. The North Vancouver location includes a dry-aged B.C. beef case, an artisan bakery, fresh produce, a pizza oven, a café, and more.

      Stong's Market opened a new location in North Vancouver.
      Stong's Market

      It was the first time in over 20 years the company had opened another location.