ROTHENBURGER: Without fries and gravy, can the new version of Zellers bring back the feeling?

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HOW CAN ANYONE FORGET sitting in The Skillet enjoying a Z-Burger, milkshake and Golden Fries with gravy? Anyone of a certain age, that is?

Ever since the recent announcement that Zellers will be brought back as a “store within a store” at a couple of dozen Bay stores, including Kamloops, there have been demands that The Skillet (it was later renamed Zellers Family Restaurant) be part of the package.

To this day, I seldom pass up gravy on my fries when the opportunity presents. Zellers gravy was on just about everything the café served, as I recall. If memory serves, they put out a pretty good hot chicken sandwich, too. With gravy.

It doesn’t look like The Skillet/ Family Restaurant will reappear, though. At first, the company kept us in suspense with a “You’ll have to wait and see” teaser but then announced the old menu will be back — in food trucks. For a limited time.

While we remember those fries and gravy, we also remember the day the Zellers in Northills Shopping Centre was shut down.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, alternate TNRD director and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He can be reached at

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