Couple married for 75 years first met in revolving door at The Bay in downtown Winnipeg


Some romances begin when two people lock eyes from across a crowded room, but Ruth Schroeder met her partner of 75 years in a revolving door at The Bay in downtown Winnipeg.

In 1942, Schroeder and her sister were walking into The Bay to do some shopping as her future husband John was walking out, through a revolving a door.

"[My sister] waved him because she knew him from before," Schroeder said. "He came back in and we were introduced."

The two were wed in 1945 and moved to the Charleswood area. The couple bounced around several times before settling down just over 60 kilometres south of Winnipeg in the town of Morris, where they ran a greenhouse and still reside.

Many people, including Schroeder, are thinking back to their memories of the iconic Bay building in downtown Winnipeg, after the company announced this week it was closing for good.

Opening its doors in 1926, The Bay was built to meet the demands of the time, encompassing 655,755 square feet over six storeys. But in November 2019, the building was appraised at $0, and the costs to bring it up to code were around $111 million.

The Hudson's Bay Co. had planned to close the building down in February 2021, but new COVID-19 restrictions in Manitoba have forced the building to close sooner.