Army & Navy

Department Store in Gastown & Chinatown

When the Army & Navy department store’s annual 12-day shoe sale kicks off, there’s always a long, excited queue of hundreds of locals ready to get in. Those who’ve waited in line for hours have the chance to hit – usually at maximum velocity – the shiny pyramids of deeply discounted designer footwear from the likes of Guess, Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo.

This company's historic flagship store has been a magnet for shoppers in this neighborhood for more than a century, although a recent downsizing has curtailed its cavernous floorspace.