COVID-19: the German cultural center closes its doors permanently


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A pile of hunters’ trophies was among the things saved when Saskatoon firefighters sprayed the remaining small hot spots on Wednesday, September 15, 2009 after a fire destroyed German club Concordia on Lorne Avenue South overnight. Investigators were at the scene with what is at least the city’s third major fire in less than 48 hours. Greg Pender/Saskatoon Star Phoenix

The response under the club’s farewell message was swift, with dozens of people sharing memories of their experiences in the building.

“It was a place we liked to come to for events; Oktoberfest in particular. It gave us the opportunity to remember the times in Germany and, of course, part of the ancestral culture, ”wrote Shauna Hayhurst. “This place, this icon, will be sorely missed by the community and all who enjoyed the comfort food and the ambiance.

Melissa Drake added her voice in a message: “So many great memories here, including my own wedding reception. ”

Weddings and other important events had to be put on hold or significantly altered as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the province. The German Cultural Center was a popular venue for weddings, and in its post, the CCG noted that anyone who is currently hosting an event there will be contacted individually.

SASKATOON, SK - JULY 13/2014 - German fans celebrate while watching the World Cup Final at the German Concordia Club in Saskatoon, SK.  on Sunday July 13, 2014 (LIAM RICHARDS / THE STAR PHOENIX)
German supporters celebrate by watching the World Cup final at the German Cultural Center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. on Sunday July 13, 2014. Liam Richards/Liam Richards

Earlier this year, another longtime company, Mayfair Hardware, closed its doors due to “economic uncertainty” caused by COVID-19. Many other local businesses have expressed concern that they will not be able to get to the other side of the pandemic without any financial problems.

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