Hong Hing original store. (Photo courtesy of the Chemainus Valley Museum)

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Store depicted in mural stood near the Thetis Island ferry terminal

Hong Hing original store: the store was owned by Fong Yen Lew who handled laundry, then groceries, second-hand goods and eggs and meat.

Eventually, Fan Tan and bootlegging was added to his businesses. He arrived in Chemainus around 1915 and headed back to China (Hong Kong) when he was in his 80s (circa, 1950s).

The store sat approximately where the delivery bay of the Salish Sea Market now sits.

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