An Edmonton retailer specializing in British imports found a clientele wanting more than just goods after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
They are also looking for solace, said a store representative.
Shortly after the news broke on Thursday, people began flocking to Churchill’s British Import on Gateway Boulevard and 81 Avenue, owner Tony Badger told Postmedia.
“For most people, the Queen has been there all our lives, so it was a meeting place for foreigners to get a little solace,” Badger said. That’s it.”
While the store focuses primarily on British groceries and sweets, many have entered stores in Edmonton, Parksville, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan looking for royal memorabilia.It is 96 years old this year. The store snapped a few pieces left over to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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After checking with overseas suppliers, Badger learned that his sources did not have the memorabilia in stock. Orders placed for the Queen’s 70th anniversary on the throne in September 2021 were shipped the following March, and they left shelves in May and June, he said.
He has checked with other suppliers and expects the order to ship at least a month.
“People want to feel that connection in some way, so if we can procure something, it will definitely bring something,” Badger said, adding that instead of memorabilia, the Queen’s He added that some customers are looking for their favorite jams.
Queen Elizabeth’s former chef claimed she was a jam fan and preferred strawberry jam made from fruit harvested at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. He also appeared in a famous skit with Paddington Bear, the fictional character of .
“We’re all trying to connect in different ways,” added Badger.
Expats flock to West Ed shop
Across town, collectors hunt for memorabilia at the recently opened British Pantry in the West Edmonton Mall, says assistant manager Olivia English, although some of the items on display are decorative. and is not for sale.
Like Badger, she found many foreigners flocking to the store. The store also sells a variety of British groceries, sweets, and gifts for those looking for comfort food.
“They started to miss their homes, so they were looking for chocolates, potato chips, little flags, anything that had something to do with Britain,” English said.
But she added that many of the store’s visitors came just to talk.
“Then other customers came and joined the conversation,” said English. “It was a little bit uplifting, but a lot of people were really sad.”
The Edmonton store, which opened in July, was supposed to celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, but the event has been postponed until further notice in honor of the Queen and the royal family, according to British Pantry Canada’s Facebook page.
British importers find customers for company and comfort after Queen’s death
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