From the beginning, James(Jim) Patterson’s company philosophy was to provide Service, Selection, and Value to his customers – and these core values continue to be part of the tradition of serving Colony customers to this day.

  • After a successful career in sales and marketing as a top executive, Jim wanted to work for himself and be his own boss.
  • Jim saw an opportunity in the marketplace  to open an appliance and furniture store catering to North Shore residents and customers throughout the Lower Mainland so in 1969 he founded Colony Home Furnishings.
  • Colony’s first location was 1860 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver.
  • Over the years, Jim sold everything from furniture to carpets, appliances to electronics.
  • In 1983, Jim moved the store to its current location at 1075 Roosevelt Crescent in North Vancouver­.
  • At that time Jim changed renamed the company Colony Major Appliance and Mattress Warehouse Ltd. to reflect what we do best.
  • Today Colony has evolved into offering two core product categories – appliances and mattresses – and has become the destination for customers looking for the very latest in either category.


Jim’s strong business acumen, work ethic, attention to detail and ability to communicate product knowledge to his customers made Colony a success and created a very loyal customer base from one generation to the next. Today, Colony is one of Vancouver’s oldest and most well-established independent appliance specialists.

Jim Patterson passed away May 18th, 2013 at the age of 80 and will be greatly missed. The legacy that Jim founded over 44 years ago continues with the second generation of family ownership. Kevin Patterson has ensured that the values that Jim started with in 1969 will continue to serve loyal, repeat customers as well as welcoming new Colony customers alike.

Colony is proud that over 80% of our customers are repeat and referrals. We take pride in making sure you get the expert advice you need in selecting the ideal appliances for your kitchen project – we also guarantee a competitive price.

Service, Selection, and Value. These are the three foundations that Jim initiated when he created Colony in 1969 – all of which continue today as our commitment to you.

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