The city of Edmonton looked vastly different back in 1934. There were less than 80,000 people living here and the city was in the midst of the Great Depression. Julius Pahal, a carpenter, received lumber instead of money for a project he completed and used it to build and open Western Cycle and Hardware at the corner of Stony Plain Road and 124th Street.
The shop has since dropped the hardware department and added on to Julius’ humble building. Three generations later, his grandson Bill continues his legacy. “It means a lot to us,” says Bill. “In this day and age to get to a third- and possibly fourth-generation business is hard. The pride of running a third-generation store handed down from my grandfather to my father…I can’t even put it into words.”
The location isn’t the only thing that hasn’t changed over the decades. The work ethic passed down from father to son has remained as well. “To make it through the years you learn to work really hard to succeed. You do everything you have to do to survive,” says Bill. “The main lesson is when times are good you still keep those main principles alive and work hard to further yourself and make yourself better.”