Third-generation family business keeps focus on the customer

Dan Harper of Harper’s Tire tells us what it takes to compete against huge operations. And why getting good service when it comes to tires is important

Third-generation family business keeps focus on the customerDan Harper is co-owner of Harper’s Tire in Calgary. What’s the history behind Harper’s Tire and how it began in Calgary? Harper: My grandfather, J.M. Harper, opened the original store on 12th Avenue S.W. in 1931. During the war years, tires were rationed so repairs and custom retreading was a large part of the business.…

Stable housing prices an opportunity for young Calgary families

Preference for single-family home ownership is stronger in Calgary than in any other metropolitan area surveyed

Stable housing prices an opportunity for young Calgary familiesUncertainty in Calgary’s economy and real estate market has served as a double-edged sword for young families in the region as job insecurity, above-national average unemployment rates, and a prolonged economic recovery pose fundamental challenges for many. But stable housing prices have offered opportunities for homebuyers, says a new report released on Thursday by Mustel…

Looking for employees who are flexible and willing to grow

Koula Vasilopoulos of Robert Half in Calgary talks about the changing job market

Looking for employees who are flexible and willing to growKoula Vasilopoulos is district president of Robert Half in Calgary. What’s the labour market like in Calgary since the recession? Vasilopoulos: The market has been picking up gradually over the last few years, but in the past year specifically we’ve seen a notable increase in hiring for both contract and permanent positions. There’s certainly more…

A food service pioneer keeps growing

OPA! of Greece marks its 20th year with the same commitment to quality, healthy choices and variety

A food service pioneer keeps growingTheodore “Dorrie” Karras is president and CEO of  OPA! of Greece. Can you explain the history of OPA! and how it started? Karras: Opa! started 20 years ago in 1998. Founders Nick Tiginagas and Don Gebauer opened the first location in Market Mall in Calgary. At the time, Greek food was not prevalent in food…

Focusing on brands with stories to tell

Paula Worthington of Worthington PR & Story talks about being nimble enough to constantly adjust

Focusing on brands with stories to tellPaula Worthington is founder of Worthington PR & Story. What’s your background in this industry and why did you set up your own company? Worthington: I was born and raised in Calgary and completed a communications degree at the University of Calgary. After graduation, I started my career in Toronto, where I had the opportunity…

2026 Olympics an incredible opportunity for Calgary

The benefits from the Games are clear and will bring powerful economic advantages to the Calgary region at a critical time for Alberta

2026 Olympics an incredible opportunity for CalgaryOn November 13, Calgarians will get to shape the future for our city when they vote whether we put our name forward to the International Olympic Committee as a possible host of the 2026 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. I am a firm believer hosting the Games would help accelerate Calgary’s Economic Strategy and will…

Slower sales, lower prices linger for Calgary resale housing market

The economy is moving in a positive direction, but the house market is slow to respond, according to CREB statistics

Slower sales, lower prices linger for Calgary resale housing marketWondering what's happening in the Calgary resale housing market these days? Here's a sneak preview of what to expect on Thursday when the Calgary Real Estate Board officially releases its monthly MLS stats package for October. And it's more of the same following a pattern that has been set this year: lower sales, elevated listings…

Flight to quality continues in downtown Calgary office market

Tenants still shifting to top-end office space, according to Avison Young report

Flight to quality continues in downtown Calgary office marketSince Brookfield Place was completed in the second quarter of 2017, the Calgary downtown office vacancy rate has trended downwards, says a new report by commercial real estate firm Avison Young. The company’s third-quarter market report says vacancy is now down to 25.2 per cent from 26.0 per cent in the second quarter of this…

Big plans for Marda Loop

Bob van Wegen of the Marda Loop BRZ talks about working to improve, promote and enliven the business district

Big plans for Marda LoopBob van Wegen is executive director of the Marda Loop BRZ. You're talking to prospective businesses thinking of establishing a presence in Marda Loop. What would you tell them are the key reasons they should? Van Wegen: Marda Loop is booming. We’re like a town centre in the heart of southwest Calgary, right on the…

Moderate vulnerability for Calgary housing market

CMHC assessment says the potential for overbuilding in the market remains high

Moderate vulnerability for Calgary housing marketThere is a “moderate” degree of vulnerability in the Calgary region’s housing market, according to a new report released on Thursday by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. The Housing Market Assessment, which looks at several indicators of a local housing market, said the risk to the housing market in the Calgary census metropolitan area was…
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