Kickin It Old School, With The Pop Shoppe

For those of you who are old enough to remember, Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck is serving as part of our drink menu…..pop from The Pop Shoppe! Ya! Growing up, The Pop Shoppe was it! This was the great pop experience as a kid. Once a week, we would go to The Pop Shoppe and pick our own pop flavours for the week. We’d bring it home in that red plastic carry case, and return the empties in it as well. Great flavour like Cola, Cream Soda, Root Beer, Grape, Orange and Black Cherry. Ya gotta love the stubby style bottle too, classic stuff. In creating Mom’s unique menu from both the food and beverage perspective, we wanted to be unique and offer a different experience to our customers. Where in downtown Vancouver can you go for a gourmet grilled cheese lunch and kick it old school with your favourite Pop Shoppe drink? Nowhere, except mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck! The Pop Shoppe was a soft drink retailer originating in 1969 in London, Ontario, Mom’s home town. They sold pop through franchised outlets and its own stores in refillable bottles in red 24-cartons. Within three years, the company grew within the province to over 500 stores, and entered the United States in the following three years. Eventually, Pop Shoppe was selling 30 different flavours of pop throughout Canada and 12 American states. National Hockey League veteran Eddie Shack was the predominant spokesman for the brand. In the early 1980s sales slowed, largely blamed on competition from private label grocery store soft drink brands. The original company ceased operations in 1983 and its trademarks expired in 1993. It was re-established in 2004.

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