Retail

A shopper wipes down a handle as they select a cart at an Ikea furniture store in Ottawa, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. Canadian retailers are struggling with higher shipping costs as couriers tack hefty fuel surcharges onto shipping rates to recoup record gas prices. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canadian retailers grapple with soaring fuel surcharges to ship online orders

Extra charge topping 40 per cent for some carriers

 

A large Kmart sign is displayed in front of a shopping plaza in Avenel, N.J., Monday, April 4, 2022. When the Kmart in Avenel closes its doors on April 16, it will leave only three remaining U.S. locations for the former retail powerhouse. It’s a far cry from the chain’s heyday in the 1980s and ‘90s when it had more than 2,000 stores and sold product lines endorsed by Martha Stewart and former “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Former retail giant Kmart nears extinction as closure reduces US store count to 3

In its heyday, Kmart operated well over 2,000 stores and was firmly a piece of American culture

 

The Old Farm Market is expected to open mid-March at 6th and England in downtown Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo

Old Farm Market to open in downtown Courtenay

The Old Farm Market is opening a store at 6th and England…

The Old Farm Market is expected to open mid-March at 6th and England in downtown Courtenay. Scott Stanfield photo
People ride an escalator at a shopping mall in Montreal, Saturday, January 15, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Retail sales dropped 1.8 per cent in December to $57B, Statistics Canada says

Sales were down in eight of 11 subsectors, representing 62.9 per cent of retail trade

People ride an escalator at a shopping mall in Montreal, Saturday, January 15, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canadian Tire Impress TV-Ep. 1

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A sales clerk sanitizes appliances at a furniture store in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. on Monday, May 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Retail sales climbed 0.7 per cent in November to $58.1B, Statistics Canada says

Uptick in retail sales of 0.7 per cent was down from the 1.6 per cent growth recorded in October

A sales clerk sanitizes appliances at a furniture store in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. on Monday, May 4, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Canadian Tire Impress TV-Ep. 1

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Shoppers wait in line at an electronics store in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Black Friday arrives with little fanfare as stores launch sales ahead of retail event

Supply chain concerns have changed the nature of holiday shopping

Shoppers wait in line at an electronics store in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
People pass a large Christmas tree as they go shopping on Christmas Eve at a mall in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. A Retail Council of Canada survey says Canadians are planning to spend more this holiday season as they prepare to return to stores a year after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted many to shop online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canadians to spend big on holidays, return to shopping malls, multiple surveys find

Accenture: Canadians will spend an average of $635 in 2021, an increase of more than 23 per cent

People pass a large Christmas tree as they go shopping on Christmas Eve at a mall in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020. A Retail Council of Canada survey says Canadians are planning to spend more this holiday season as they prepare to return to stores a year after the COVID-19 pandemic prompted many to shop online. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Mastermind Toys CEO Sarah Jordan poses in this November 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Mastermind Toys

Depth of Black Friday discounts depends on resiliency of retailers’ supply chains

Analyst says retailers may back off on on discounts because they don’t have the inventory

Mastermind Toys CEO Sarah Jordan poses in this November 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Mastermind Toys
The Comox Business Improvement Association kick off the holiday season this Friday, Nov. 26. Comox BIA photo.

Downtown Comox set to sparkle for the holiday season

Holiday light-up celebrations in downtown Comox this Friday, Nov. 26

  • Nov 22, 2021
The Comox Business Improvement Association kick off the holiday season this Friday, Nov. 26. Comox BIA photo.
Moonlight & Magic returns to Downtown Courtenay Friday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Photo courtesy Downtown Courtenay

Moonlight and Magic Returns!

Everyone is invited to the heart of the Comox Valley for ‘Moonlight…

  • Nov 15, 2021
Moonlight & Magic returns to Downtown Courtenay Friday, Nov. 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. Photo courtesy Downtown Courtenay
More than 150 unmasked anti-vaccine protesters stormed the Canadian Tire store in Nanaimo on Monday, Nov. 1, drawing a police response. (File photo)

More than 150 anti-vaccine protesters storm Nanaimo store

No arrests made after ‘disruption’ at Canadian Tire causes most staff to vacate building, say RCMP

More than 150 unmasked anti-vaccine protesters stormed the Canadian Tire store in Nanaimo on Monday, Nov. 1, drawing a police response. (File photo)
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Markus Spodzieja (centre) with his crew members at the Bikery bakery. (Kiernan Green / News Staff)

The Bikery opens Island’s first kosher bakery in Victoria’s Public Market

Baker Markus Spodzieja and business partner Kimanda Jarzebiak filling a local niche

Markus Spodzieja (centre) with his crew members at the Bikery bakery. (Kiernan Green / News Staff)
Retailers say they’re ready for the ban on single-use plastic checkout bags in Nanaimo when it takes effect July 1. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban ready to go into place Canada Day

Business operators say there’s been plenty of time to plan and prepare for bylaw that kicks in July 1

Retailers say they’re ready for the ban on single-use plastic checkout bags in Nanaimo when it takes effect July 1. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31.	(Pixabay photo)

Pubs, restaurants to pay wholesale prices on liquor permanently in COVID-recovery

Pre-pandemic, restaurateurs and tourism operators paid full retail price on most liquor purchases

Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing for the hospitality industry were implemented June 2020 and set to expire March 31.	(Pixabay photo)
People wait in line to enter a Costco store in Toronto on Monday, April 13, 2020. Canadians who weren’t happy with some of their holiday gifts or who changed their mind after making purchases might face trouble when trying to get their money back. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ask about COVID-19 return policies as you shop to avoid disappointment later: experts

Canada has no laws requiring retailers to accept returns, but provinces have some rules

People wait in line to enter a Costco store in Toronto on Monday, April 13, 2020. Canadians who weren’t happy with some of their holiday gifts or who changed their mind after making purchases might face trouble when trying to get their money back. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette