A longtime fixture in Vancouver’s fashion scene will be no more at the end of this month.
Kate O’Brien and Ed Des Roches, owners of locally based women’s apparel retailer Plum Clothing, announced on October 2 that they are retiring and will shut down its remaining stores.
The independent, family-run retailer, which maintained an emphasis on Canadian goods, began with one store in Kitsilano in 1981, eventually expanding to nine stores in B.C. and Alberta at one point.
According to the Vancouver Courier, the Kitsilano store closed in January 2018, after 37 years in operation.
The owners stated that they have employed almost 2,000 people over the course of the company's existence and have supported female-empowering organizations such as Big Sister and Dress For Success.
Plum has store locations in the South Granville neighbourhood (2799 Granville Street, at West 12th Avenue) and in North Vancouver (1567 Lonsdale Avenue).
All inventory has been on sale, with up to 70 percent off, prior to the closure of stores on October 31.
The closure of Plum's Granville Street location coincides with the impending closures of two longtime restaurants in the South Granville area: Ouisi Bistro, which closes on Saturday (October 26) and West Restaurant, which closes on December 31.