Celebrate more this Christmas, worry less about business

This year, stop rushing through the holidays long enough to let your thoughts be diverted from the burdens of work to the joyfulness of the season

Celebrate more this Christmas, worry less about businessWhat do we miss by rushing through the celebrations and skipping the festivities of the Christmas season? At the end of the year, many people celebrate holidays like Christmas or Hanukah, New Year’s Eve or Festivals of Lights. Even if you aren’t religious, you probably celebrate Christmas with gifts or family gatherings and large meals.…

The dollar store invasion gains momentum

Dollar stores in Canada sold well over $2 billion worth of food last year. And given how aggressive dollar stores are, that could double quickly

The dollar store invasion gains momentumA visit to any dollar store is something to remember: the bright lights, aisles filled with things you may or may not need, and the distinctive smell. If we had to create a smell that mixes plastic with China, the smell in a dollar store would be it. It’s not overly appetizing but a greater…

Cannabis culture goes mainstream

Rade Kovacevic of Canopy Growth talks about the marketplace a year after legalization and where his company will go next

Cannabis culture goes mainstreamRade Kovacevic is president of Canopy Growth Corp. What is Canopy Growth and what does it do? Kovacevic: Our story began in an abandoned chocolate factory in a rural Canadian town. From that humble start, where we began serving Canada’s medical cannabis market, Canopy Growth has become a world-leading, diversified, cannabis company traded on the…

Calgary Co-op buying Community Natural Foods

Co-op plans to operate Community Natural Foods as an independent subsidiary, with the same commitment to local and organic products

Calgary Co-op buying Community Natural FoodsRetail grocery chain Calgary Co-op has acquired Community Natural Foods as part of the succession plan for Community Natural Foods’ owner.  “As representatives of our 440,000 members, Calgary Co-op's board is pleased support the expansion of Calgary Co-op's commitment to health and wellness, while providing Calgary Co-op members with the benefit of annual net earnings…

Search engine smooths your mall experience

Rashmi Aimiuwu talks about how research is increasingly important for shoppers and what Southcentre Mall has done to help

Search engine smooths your mall experienceRashmi Aimiuwu is marketing director at Southcentre Mall. What the new e-commerce tool you’ve introduced for shoppers? Aimiuwu: Search. Find. ShopNOW is an online platform developed by Oxford Properties. It has been recently introduced at some of Canada’s most successful shopping centres – including Calgary’s Southcentre Mall. Search. Find. ShopNOW brings convenience to customers by…

Fresh produce market to set up at New Horizon Mall

Just Ripe is working with the Doef Family Greenhouse operation in the Lacombe area to provide fresh produce year-round for the new Prairie Horizon Market

Fresh produce market to set up at New Horizon MallJust Ripe is working with the Doef Family Greenhouse operation in the Lacombe area to provide fresh produce year-round for the new Prairie Horizon Market. The market will open next spring at the New Horizon Mall. “Just Ripe has been an innovator in working with the Doef family to enhance their already well-established family greenhouse…

University District launches latest condo project

U of C-area development has secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park

University District launches latest condo projectThe massive mixed-use University District development in Calgary has launched a new residential condominium project, secured new retailers and officially broken ground on its three-acre Central Park. West Campus Development Trust, which is spearheading the overall development, and Avi Urban announced recently that the new condo project, Argyle, will feature one-, two- and three-bedroom condos.…

Nordstrom Rack learning from its customers

Calgary manager Barry Yuan says convenience is at the forefront of the store’s shopping experience

Nordstrom Rack learning from its customersBarry Yuan is store manager at Nordstrom Rack Deerfoot Meadows in Calgary. What is Nordstrom Rack's presence in Canada? Yuan: There are currently six Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada including: Nordstrom Rack Vaughan Mills – opened March 22, 2018 Nordstrom Rack Deerfoot Meadows, Calgary – opened April 26, 2018  Nordstrom Rack One Bloor, Toronto –…

Restaurant and bar sales in Alberta up from a year ago

But operating costs may also be up and spending may be spread over a larger number of establishments: ATB analysis

Restaurant and bar sales in Alberta up from a year agoOn a month-over-month basis, seasonally-adjusted restaurant and bar sales in Alberta edged down slightly, falling by 0.1 per cent in August to $803.8 million, according to ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team. Sourcing Statistics Canada data, ATB said in its daily economic update The Owl that the situation is better on a year-over-year basis with sales…
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