About Us, Then and Now
Second to none for selection and quality, Capital Iron is the place all Victorians go! It is something akin to a traditional General Store, with hardware, electrical, paints, clothing, housewares, fishing, marine, camping, barbecues, and a well-stocked lawn and garden section.
Building on our long-standing reputation as the best store in town, Capital Iron now features expanded departments in Outdoor Living, Backyard Garden and Home Decor.
From its beginnings as a scrap business in 1934, Capital Iron has maintained its unique charm.
There’s really no store like it!
Capital Iron stands in one of the oldest buildings of Victoria, British Columbia, with a long and rich history on the Inner Harbour. Founder Morris L. Greene opened our first location in 1934 as a scrap business. He had considerable knowledge of ships, which combined with the company’s waterfront location, enabled his successful ship dismantling business. Between 1934 and 1971 the company dismantled nearly 100 ships of various sizes.
During the Second World War when the industry was busy supplying goods for the war effort and little for civilians, Capital Iron was a popular spot to pick up salvaged or surplus items. Following the war, Capital Iron took on a major challenge and bought fourteen frigates and a minesweeper for scrapping. Salvage from these ships provided hard to find items for years.
As demand grew beyond surplus, Morris started carrying regular hardware lines. By 1971, the scrap business was at an end as our retail success grew. At that time, Morris was succeeded by his son, Ronald Greene.
Ron and his team continued to grow Capital Iron, adding new product lines to complement our original hardware business. In 1988, Ron opened a second location on Bevan Ave. in Sidney, BC. It was at this time that his son-in-law Mike Black joined the company and began to learn the business.
In 1997 Ron’s daughter Eveline, along with husband Mike, took the helm as Capital Iron’s third generation owners alongside two other senior managers. The Black’s started a period of rebuilding Capital Iron with new product lines and expansions. In 2014 they opened our third location in beautiful Langford, BC. This was the same year that Eveline and Mike’s daughter Kylie graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Retail. In 2017 Kylie rejoined the family business after having worked for Target Canada and Canadian Tire’s head office.
Today, Capital Iron offers one of the largest selections of housewares, camping, fishing, marine, hardware, garden, barbeques, hot tubs, patio furniture, home decor, fireplaces, fabrics and Christmas products anywhere on Vancouver Island.
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