Happy 30th birthday, Future Shop! This weekend commemorates 30 years of business for Canada's largest retailer and etailer of consumer electronics. There are two major ways Future Shop is celebrating its 30th:
1. Launched of "Flip it to win" contest where you could win $10,000 in today's most tech forward gadgets. Check it out and play the memory card game, reminiscent of the card games in the Super Mario Brothers 3 game.
2. Weekend sale of 30 amazing deals on 30 hot products. It's on now until Sunday night - both in-store and online.
Future Shop began as a one-store operation in Vancouver, BC on West Broadway in 1982, and quickly grew within a few years by expanding east to become the biggest electronics retailer in Canada. Today, the company employs 10,000 Canadians coast-to-coast and has 149 store locations, as well as a 24/7 operation through Futureshop.ca. Check out the timeline below, created by my talented colleague, Leslie Ma:
Future Shop: A 30-year history
Also, I got my hands on some photos of Future Shop's stores through the 1980s. Check out these retro photos and have a good chuckle or reminisce:
Inside the first Future Shop store on West Broadway in Vancouver, BC. Pretty sparse in comparison to today's stores that feature thousands of tech, eh?
One of the first advertisements published by Future Shop. Nice to see gaming as a popular category back then
Stacked: The TV wall inside Future Shop
Still a crowd-pleaser: Popular items from the '80s were TVs and VCRs
Gas barbecues at Future Shop? Yes, apparently grills were sold at Future Shop through the '90s as well. Today, Future Shop has an expanded category outside electronics. Check them out here
Flyers and full-page newspaper ads were popular back then as they are today. Here's a retro-riffic look at an ad from 1983. Neat seeing Future Shop named as 'Retailer of the year' in 1982 and Ms. Pac-man for $39
Cheers to 30 years of Future Shop!
What's your favourite memory or purchase from Future Shop? If you feel like sharing, comment below.
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