The city's been through a ton economically, and they're nearing the finish line — but we're not out of the woods just yet. There have been many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic, and so many legends have been permanently closed in Vancouver.
The province has announced that they're going to relax restrictions on stores and restaurants in the coming days and weeks — but it's too little too late for so many iconic Vancouver stores.
On Saturday, May 9, legendary Vancouver-born retailer Army & Navy announced they would be closing their doors forever, after over a century of operations.
Their five stores — three in B.C. and two in Alberta — will all be closed permanently.
At first, they had temporarily closed their doors to follow safe distancing guidelines. But the financial damage of the pandemic became too much to bear, according to reports by CTV and the Vancouver Sun.
"I am full of gratitude for our staff and their years of service, our suppliers with whom we forged decades-long relationships, and of course our loyal customers who were at the heart of our business," said owner Jacqui Cohen in a statement to the Vancouver Sun.
Sadly, they weren't the only Vancouver icon to be struck by the pandemic.
We reached Army & Navy for comment. This article will be updated.
On Tuesday, April 14, the original and iconic Storm Crow Tavern on Commercial Drive announced they too are closing permanently. However, their other two locations are okay for now and open for takeout.
"Stay safe. Stay sane. We’ll see you all again one day," read a statement from their website.
Likewise, Vancouver's Chocolate Arts also announced they'll be shuttering their store permanently after Saturday, April 25. They've provided the city beautiful treats for almost 30 years, but the pandemic proved too much to handle.
Even the celebrity chef Vikram Vij had to close his restaurant, Vij's Rangoli, after 24 years of operation.
Other beloved, long-time restaurants like Federico's Supper Club also closed after 20 long years of operation.
Sadly, Vancouver isn't the only city affected by the closures; great locations everywhere have been forced closed, some permanently.
But with things slowly ramping back up again, perhaps there's a light at the end of the tunnel after all.