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H.P. Tergesen & Sons General Merchant
Celebrates 120 Years

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he oldest still-operating general store in western Canada is H.P. Tergesen & Sons General
Merchant. It's prominently located on the corner of 1st Ave. and Centre St. in Gimli,
Manitoba. Tergesen's first opened their doors on January First, 1899 and has been at the
heart of this growing lakeside community for 120 years. An eclectic collection of cutting edge
fashion, footwear, books, and gifts awaits you in this turn-of-the-century
family store. Tergesen's preserves the vintage look and elegance of a business that has been owned and operated by four generations that have
strived to stay ahead of the curve. The iconic building is clad inside and out
with pressed tin panels as was the fashion. The 1910 National Cash Register
still grinds its gears and rings its bell to celebrate each sale. The creaky hardwood floors show the wear and tear from the tens of thousands of shoppers
that pass through its walls each year.
It all began when Hans Pjetur Tergesen immigrated to Canada from Iceland
in 1887. He worked in Churchbridge, SK and then Winnipeg, MB as a tin smith.
H.P. saw an opportunity to settle in Gimli to start his own business.
Originally supplying the settlers with metal tools and utensils he made by
hand, H.P.'s business grew quickly. He would ship eggs and cord wood that settlers traded for store
credit, to Winnipeg to purchase goods for his ever expanding inventory.
The store's original structure was a long, narrow, two storey building with a boardwalk and
Gimli's first street light (which was later pulled down by a horse). Home to H.P. and his wife Sigridur
Palsdottir, the top floor received an expansion that tripled its size and when they moved the


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Interlake Artist Spotlight
What is Proutopia?
The Town of Teulon’s Centennial
Healthy Living
Private Well -Water
Island Otters
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Interlake Pulse 2019 - What is Proutopia?
Interlake Pulse 2019 - The Town of Teulon’s Centennial
Interlake Pulse 2019 - Healthy Living
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