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

 

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
The space taken up by shopping centres can be better utilized moving forward, says guest columnist. (News Bulletin photo)

GUEST COLUMN: Rethink retail spaces in an era of online shopping

We need to plan for mall renewal to avoid wasted space as population grows, says planning student

  • Feb 9, 2022
The space taken up by shopping centres can be better utilized moving forward, says guest columnist. (News Bulletin photo)
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
Nanaimo’s second B.C. Cannabis Store, at Country Club Centre, is set to open today, Jan. 7. (News Bulletin photo)

Nanaimo’s second B.C. Cannabis Store opening today

Country Club Centre location will be open seven days a week

Nanaimo’s second B.C. Cannabis Store, at Country Club Centre, is set to open today, Jan. 7. (News Bulletin photo)
Nanaimo’s chamber of commerce will team with business associations, encouraging residents to shop local. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo’s chamber of commerce will team with business associations, encouraging residents to shop local. (News Bulletin file)
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
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, 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)
Lynne Kellogg, assistant manager, and Fraser Archibald, one of Old City Panache’s 50 booths people, discuss the store’s displays as the market opens for the day’s business. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Curiosities and collectibles can be found at unique Nanaimo shop

Old City Panache has 50 vendors providing 50 opportunities to shop local

Lynne Kellogg, assistant manager, and Fraser Archibald, one of Old City Panache’s 50 booths people, discuss the store’s displays as the market opens for the day’s business. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
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)
A suspected shoplifter was arrested after allegedly brandishing a knife at a Real Canadian Superstore employee in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)

Man arrested after stealing items, waving knife at store employee in Nanaimo

Nanaimo RCMP say suspect prohibited from possessing weapons was carrying knife and machete

A suspected shoplifter was arrested after allegedly brandishing a knife at a Real Canadian Superstore employee in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo city council is considering a re-zoning application to allow for a mixed-use commercial and residential development at Boxwood Road and Northfield Road. (WA Architects/IWCD image)

Nanaimo council gets a first look at proposed supermarket plaza at Boxwood and Northfield

Early concept of project includes supermarket, shops, office space and 188 residential units

Nanaimo city council is considering a re-zoning application to allow for a mixed-use commercial and residential development at Boxwood Road and Northfield Road. (WA Architects/IWCD image)
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)

Retailers report they’re ready for Nanaimo’s single-use checkout bag ban

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)
Trees cannabis retail store, which operated without a licence prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis, is now re-opening with a licence, though it hasn’t competed its building permit process. (File photo)

Trees cannabis retail store gets permit exception to be able to re-open in Nanaimo

Trees previously operated without licence, has now obtained one

Trees cannabis retail store, which operated without a licence prior to the legalization of recreational cannabis, is now re-opening with a licence, though it hasn’t competed its building permit process. (File photo)
Police in Nanaimo hope the public can identify a person of interest who was seen leaving the Dollarama store in Harewood shortly after a suspicious fire broke out March 29. (Photo submitted)

Police hope public can help identify person of interest in Nanaimo arson case

Nanaimo RCMP release photo of person of interest in Harewood Dollarama store arson

Police in Nanaimo hope the public can identify a person of interest who was seen leaving the Dollarama store in Harewood shortly after a suspicious fire broke out March 29. (Photo submitted)
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)