Calgary’s Stetson Village Inn is closing after 53 years of business. GOOGLE STREET VIEW
The list of notable businesses that closed in Calgary this year expanded after a legendary city motel closed its doors.
Half a prop on the Macleod Trail, the half century old place that said on its outside sign and online that it would be permanently closed.
The Stetson Village Inn has been on the Macleod Trail since 1967. The 53 year old motel was a favorite of many Calgarians who enjoyed local music and art.
Stetson Village Inn sign. SCREEN PHOTO
Warren Lyle, the owner of the family business, said this was a focus of the operation.
“We were a place for local talent,” he said.
They thanked those who helped create their old Calgary charm.
“We would like to thank our loyal customers for their longstanding support and patronage. It has been a pleasure for us to serve you,” said a post on their website.
According to Lyle, a number of factors including the pandemic, the economy and retirement contributed to her decision.
“It was a business decision,” he said.
“COVID helped us not to reopen.”
Lyle said the general state of the Alberta economy has made businesses like him difficult to operate in recent years.
The motel is being replaced by a car wash.
Content up for auction
The Stetson Village Inn was also home to the 99th Avenue Cafe. For 40 years, Willow Park locals and travelers from around the world have been drinking a coffee or a meal.
The cafe was adorned with memorabilia of Calgary culture. It had old Calgary Stampede posters, vintage hockey jerseys, and paintings and furniture.
These items are now available for purchase at the Calgary Auction Depot.
The auction depot named the house a “Landmark” and a “Calgary Icon,” and encourages people to check out some of the items available.
“Don’t miss this opportunity to get a little piece of Calgary history for yourself,” said the depot.
The auction will go live on October 19th.
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