In 1967, Alex Robertson left a 22-year career with the Hudson’s Bay Company to purchase — what his wife Phyllis jokingly referred to as “a peanut stand”— the La Ronge Grocery Store.
After seven years of business, the Robertsons built a new store next door, on La Ronge Avenue, and the name was changed to Robertson Trading Limited.
In the early years, the Robertsons faced stiff competition from the Hudson’s Bay Company and the Co-op, but Alex and Phyllis’ store managed to succeed due to Alex’s fur buying expertise and the relationships he created with trappers throughout Northern Saskatchewan.
After 50 years of business, Robertson Trading Ltd is still going strong and although Alex Robertson passed away in 2010, his son Scott has taken over the family business and he continues to buy and sell raw fur, just like his father.
Along with fur, the store carries an ENORMOUS variety of goods stretching from groceries and clothing, to camping equipment and everything in-between. Above the shelves, the walls are covered in taxidermy, moose hide jackets, paintings, birch bark bitings, moccasins, and antler carvings, created by local artists.
You could spend an entire afternoon wandering the aisles of this store and you would not get bored. Robertson Trading Ltd is a gem of the north and I highly recommend you pay this place a visit. It’s awesome.
Wanderer tip: If you find yourself in La Ronge at Robertson Trading Ltd, be sure to grab something from the butcher shop. Guthrie Winn is the longest serving employee at Robertson Trading Ltd (approaching 33 years) and has won numerous awards throughout Saskatchewan for his DELICIOUS products.
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