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This has been a family operated business going on three generations. My father opened the original doors on the heels of the Korean conflict.

A couple years later we opened a new location in the heart of Inglewood on 9th Ave SE, “Calgary’s Original Main Street” and had our warehouse just down the street. And a couple years later in 1955, we closed up the shop on 9th and started using the warehouse as our storefront too. The building has changed a few times, expanding and adjoining the neighbouring lots over the years, but we’ve been here ever since.

While the basic “Surplus Business” has changed dramatically over the years, we have carefully kept pace with the times to appeal to a broad range of consumers….from the well informed collector…to someone wanting to make a fashion statement!

No question…we could probably write a best selling book about some of the fascinating people we have encountered, buying trips we have had, the wonderful (and sometimes scary) things we have discovered in storage sheds and shipments from far away lands.

 

Crown Surplus Stores is privileged to have been a source to the film industry over the years. We have provided uniforms, mortars, firearms, tents, torpedo, camouflage nets and assorted fabulous props and treasures to the film industry.

We hope you have enjoyed many of the feature films and T.V. series that
Crown Surplus Stores has had the pleasure to be part of listed below.

Little Big Man (1970) Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway
Superman II (1980) Christopher Reeves, Ned Beatty, Gene Hackman
Superman III (1983) Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor
Dead Bang (1989) Don Johnson
The Fourth War (1990) Roy Scheider
Unforgiven (1992) Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman
Cool Runnings (1993) John Candy
Legends of the Fall (1994) Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, Aidan Quinn
Viper (1996) TV Joe Nipote, James McCaffrey, Dorian Harewood
THE EDGE (1997) Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin
SNOW DAYS (1999) Kipp Marcus, Bernadette Peters
JACK BULL (1999) John Cusack, John Goodman
MYSTERY, ALASKA (1999) Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria
SHANGHAI NOON (2000) Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson
ANTHRAX (2001) Cameron Daddo, Ed Begley Jr.
Texas Rangers (2001) James Van Der Beek, Ashton Kutcher, Rachael Leigh Cook
HONEY I SHRUNK THE KIDS (2001) TV
K19 The Widow Maker (2002) Harrison Ford, Liam Nelson
BLADE II (2002) Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson
OPEN RANGE (2003) Kevin Costner, Robert Duvall, Annette Bening
WORD OF HONOR (2003) TV Don Johnson, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Jesse Johnson
HELLBOY (2004) Ron Perlman, John Hurt, Selma Blair
THE LAZARUS CHILD (2005) Andy Garcia, Frances O’Connor, Angela Bassett
BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN (2005) Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal
THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES (2007) Brad Pitt, Mary-Louis Parker
BURN UP (2008) Bradley Whiford, Neve Campbell
Passchendaele (2008) Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol
Pet Heroes (2010) TV

And look for some of gear in the upcoming TV mini-series “Klondike” featuring Sam Shepard and Tim Roth and
directed by Ridley Scott. Plus countless numbers of smaller, independent film productions, music videos, even some wedding parties!

Some of our favorite entertainers have sprinkled Crown Surplus with their “STARDUST”. To name a few – CHER, Radiohead, Dwight Yoakam, Jan Arden, Slipknot, Erika Eleniak, Michelle Williams, Marilyn Manson and the late Heath Ledger.

And all the wonderful people that work with them and around them, Thank-you for coming by.

We enjoy seeing and serving the many customers who regularly drop by our store in the trendy Inglewood Community of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Even if some of them are just coming by to say hi, trade stories or visit the “office pets”.

We are proud of our first 59 years in business and look forward to serving you for many years to come. We appreciate your business and are constantly looking for New and Old Genuine Military surplus items to keep you coming back.

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Gordon Cumming, President