Chapman Bros. Building

10421-82 (Whyte) Avenue NW, Edmonton

In 1907 this building was constructed by Robert Ritchie, founder of the Edmonton Milling Company.  Until 1912 it was an outlet for the Great West Saddlery Company. Starting in that year, under the leadership of A.B. Chapman, joined soon thereafter by his sons, Bus and his brothers, the Chapman family have owned and operated this retail business at this location since 1912.  This pioneer Edmonton family has fulfilled the leather and western wear needs of countless thousands of Edmontonians.  This business represents an important aspect of early Strathcona and Edmonton commercial history.

-Edmonton Historical Board

Designation & Awards

Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award

Registered Historic Resource, Province of Alberta 1976/07/14


Alberta Register of Historic Places: Chapman Bros Ltd

More about Robert Ritchie on the Mount Pleasant Cemetery page


RolandBressmer - 11 Nov 2014

I found this in my collection of old shopping Bags. It's from the Chapman Brothers store on 82 Avenue. The receipt is from February 22, 1985. A Levi Shirt cost $26.95.

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Diann Piwek (nee Robinson-Chapman) - 01 Jan 2021

This was our grandfather, Arthur Fleet Chapman's, brothers' business. A great family affair - glad to see one of my distant cousins - Josh Chapman is following in these great footsteps in 2021.

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Lori Raymond - 01 Jan 2021

My great grandfather, Archibald Benjamin (A.B.) Chapman started Chapman's Saddlery after purchasing the business from the Great West Saddlery company in 1912. It was passed to his four sons when he died in 1918. My great uncles, Norman Lang Chapman (Lang) & Archibald Austin Chapman (Bus) renamed the business Chapman Brothers. My Grandfather, AB Chapman's youngest son, Arthur Fleet Chapman, had a falling out with his brothers and left the business around 1921. I'm not sure if the fourth brother, James Clifton Chapman, still worked at the store when he passed away in 1924.

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Era: Urban Growth
Themes: Trade & Industry
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Area: Southwest

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