'It has been incredibly difficult for me': Vancouver camping store packs it in
Iconic 3 Vets store to close in November
After 70 years in business, Vancouver's popular travel and camping gear store, 3 Vets, is closing for good in November.
Jerry Wolfman, who inherited the business from his father, and who runs the store with his brother, said they would like to retire.
"My father founded it in 1947 when he got out of the military," Wolfman said. "I have been doing this with my brother, who is the co-owner for 50 years. It is the end of an era."
Wolfman said a land developer approached the family earlier this year in the hopes they would want to sell the building on Yukon Street near 6th Avenue.
"They came with an overwhelming offer and we just couldn't refuse it," he said. "It is incredibly difficult for me and my brother."
A place to find anything and everything you need
On Thursday, customer Howard Mitchell came in to find a waterproof hat, preferably not made from animals.
"You come here to find stuff that is different. It is not like the box stores that all have the same suppliers," Mitchell said.
Ready for retirement
"My brother and I have just decided it's time to semi-retire and move onto other things."
The family had considered selling the business and the land together but said with today's property values, it was difficult to find a buyer for both.
"The property being worth as much as it is, it would be difficult for somebody looking to buy a business in today's world who would be able to afford to buy both the business and the inventory and the property from us."
The store will close in early November.
With files from Deborah Goble and David Horemans