United Army Surplus Sales

United Army Surplus Sales

Portage Avenue (1958).

I had mixed feelings when United Army Surplus Sales closed its doors a year or so ago. On one hand, it’s an institution, and its kitchy interior has always been a guilty pleasure. But on the other hand, the site seems so under utilized. With its proximity to The Bay, The U of W, and the Art Gallery, something great should be on this corner.

What a let down to learn that the plan is for the U of W to move its bookstore into the existing structure. Pfffft. That’s it? Well I hope they keep the old signage, because there’s no way they’ll come up with something better.

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