When Nicholas Wadden came to Newfoundland at the age of 15 in 1830 he did not know then the impact he would have on the generations to follow.
Nicholas worked as an apprentice shoemaker, eventually leaving to start his own shoe business on Water Street. He was well known to the local sealers and fisherman for the quality of his shoes, and at one point they referred to their boots as waddings.
When Nicholas died at the age of 95, he left the business to his son Patrick and it continued for many years. Nicholas other son Fredrick and John did not want to continue in the shoe business so they started a business selling tobacco and confectionery across Newfoundland. They grew the family business into one of the largest wholesale businesses in Newfoundland. They named the business F.J. Wadden.
Today F.J. Wadden & Sons Ltd. is in its 3rd generation of ownership, as it into celebrate 112 years in business.
The growth of F.J. Wadden & Sons Ltd. is testament to work ethic and perseverance of a those that came before us. We remember and celebrate the roots of the company in this year’s anniversary booklet.
We would like to thank our customers for their continued support over 112 years in operation. We look forward to working with you for many years to come.