|Store Type |||Antiques, Home Furnishings & Accessories|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus 6, 25, 25|
|Cross Street |||Chatham Street|
|Mon-Sat: 9AM-6PM; Sun: 10AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: April 21, 2009
Capital Iron has a couple of slogans: “The place where all Victorians go!” and, “There’s no store like it!” Both are bang on. The historic Capital Iron building downtown is as iconic as Victoria’s Empress Hotel and the Legislative building. You can’t miss the massive, yet charming, Tudor-style brick building on Store Street. It has to be one of very few traditional hardware shops that’s a must-see on the tourist circuit!
Diverse Product Offerings
Capital Iron calls itself a “traditional store,” based on its offerings of hardware, electrical accessories, paints, clothing and housewares, but it is much more. The shop has a dedicated gardening centre that has everything you need to create your own mini-Butchart Gardens, as well as an outdoor living centre, which sells patio furnishings and outdoor accessories sure to make your neighbours jealous. Speaking of those neighbours, they’ll be peeking over the fence if you come home with a new barbecue from Capital Iron, which boasts the city’s best assortment of grills, including built-ins for outdoor kitchens (which staff will assemble). Outdoor enthusiasts gravitate toward the store’s marine, fishing and camping sections, which sell a professional assortment of gear and are staffed by expert outdoor adventurers. Finally, in the basement, Capital Iron keeps its antique treasures, which are sourced from China and change on a regular basis.
Rich Local History
The massive Tudor-style Capital Iron building was built in 1863 and was designed by the architect of the original legislative buildings, known as the Bird Cages. The building housed the Victoria Roller Flour and Rice Mill before it became a scrap-metal business and evolved into Capital Iron is 1934. Back then ships were brought to the wharves in back of the building, where they were dismantled for scrap. Hardware was later added to the inventory and today Capital Iron is one of the city’s largest hardware stores. The shop no longer salvages ships, but there are excellent marine and hardware sections!