Change: The Tappen Co-op as it appeared in the 1930s.

Tappen Co-op marks a century

Many who stop, be it for gas, groceries or one of its famous ice-cream cones, will likely know the place as the Tappen Co-op.

More than 12,000 vehicles a day can drive by the Granite Trading Association building during the summer.

Many who stop, be it for gas, groceries or one of its famous ice-cream cones, will likely know the place as the Tappen Co-op.

While it hasn’t always been at its current location, the co-op has been serving the Tappen area for a century. Next month, this community hub will be recognizing its centennial with three days of celebration, open to co-op members and the general public alike.

On Thursday, June 4, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., the co-op will have First Nations dancers, cake and stories and “100 cent” ice-cream cones. The next day, June 5 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. there will be a vintage car show, displays from the Deep Creek Tool Museum, the Notch Hill Museum, needle arts demos and more. On Saturday, June 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the co-op has lined up several events for the whole family. From 10 to 1 there will be kids activities including Trixie the Clown. Live music by the Retro Rebels is scheduled between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Ernie Philip will be sharing his joy of dance with a First Nations Fancy Dance demonstration between 2 and 2:30 p.m. In addition, there will be historical displays and a barbecue from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In preparation for the centennial, the co-op’s board of directors set up a website at It features a 100-year timeline by the decade. With a mix of photos and meeting minutes, the website shows how the co-op evolved from the Association of Tappen Farmer’s Exchange to the Granite Trading Association, officially formed on April 27, 1915.

In the 1930s, the farmer’s exchange building was replaced with a new, larger store, located just east of the current location. That store served the Tappen community until the mid-1950s, when a new store was built that could be accessed from the Trans-Canada Highway that was under construction.

Tappen Co-op manager Andy Munro notes that while the store’s footprint hasn’t changed much since then, the commodities it carries has.

“We used to do feed, we used to do hardware, we had meat in here and all that kind of stuff,” said Munro. “But as people got more mobile, now I won’t say it’s like a convenience store – it’s a little bit bigger than that, but that’s mainly what it had to do to continue. And then those ice cream things we sell in the summer are what helps us get through the year. That’s such a big draw.”

Asked how he sees the co-op’s future unfolding, Munro said one of the biggest challenges is access off the highway, and not knowing exactly how the province will upgrade that stretch of the Trans-Canada.

“I often wonder in the summer how many more people would turn into here if we had better access. Hopefully that will come, but it’s been hard for us to plan any major changes to this, not knowing, if they ever do upgrade the highway, if it will even be where it is. And that bridge by us, if they fix that up, what’s going to happen?”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Man accused in Salmon Arm 7-Eleven fire pleads not guilty to breach of bail

Supreme Court trial will decide arson charges while Provincial Court will look at breach charge

Landslide stops repair crew from reaching internet service tower near Salmon Arm

MyBC Datacom users in Tappen, Sunnybrae, White Lake and parts of the Salmon Valley may be affected

Salmon Arm’s Elijah Lazar wins provincial wrestling title

Lazar overcomes Parmjot Sidhu from DW Poppy Secondary in the final on Feb. 17

Chase Heat in fine form as season winds down

The team’s first playoff opponents will be the 100 Mile House Wranglers.

Axe throwing, road hockey among Salmon Arm food drive festivities

Fill the Pantry event wraps up on Monday, Feb. 17 with day of activities. 600lbs of food collected.

VIDEO: 7 things you need to know about the 2020 B.C. budget

Surplus of $227 million with big spending on infrastructure and capital projects

Trees Cannabis director fined $1.5M for selling marijuana

Fine follows provincial crackdown on popular dispensary

World Cup skier from Okanagan dies suddenly at 19

Kuroda, who made his World Cup debut earlier this year, passed away suddenly Monday night.

Coastal GasLink pipeline investor committed to closing deal despite protests

Developer TC Energy Corp. — formerly TransCanada Corp. — is to remain the operator of the $6.6-billion pipeline

New highway proposed between Alberta and B.C.

The route would connect Red Deer to Kamloops

What’s in a name? The story of Revelstoke’s Mt. Begbie

It’s likely the iconic peak had several Indigenous peoples’ names before settlers arrived

Budget 2020: B.C. Liberals blast ‘Netflix tax,’ lack of economic plan

ICBC rates still go up, except in election year, Shirley Bond says

Teen snowmobiler from Kelowna found after air force’s overnight search

The teen had been missing since just after 6 p.m. on Monday

Town of Osoyoos voices support for proposed casino

Osoyoos council voted to submit a letter of support for a proposed casino on OIB land

Most Read