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FreshCo opens in Mission, more locations planned: 'This is a bit of a grocery war'

The arrival of the discount grocery brand FreshCo could start a “blood bath” in the Lower Mainland grocery wars, says a Canadian retail expert.

The B.C. rollout is noticeably suburban, which means Sobeys is likely targeting customers focused on value, said Craig Patterson, a national retail consultant and editor-in-chief of Retail Insider.

“They are markets that do have a lot of households that may be of a lesser income,” he told Postmedia in an interview. “In the suburbs, people are more likely to have cars. They’ll have a car to go to Costco and to go to Real Canadian Superstore and to go to Walmart Supercentre.”

He said this move appears to be a bid to challenge other discount grocers in secondary markets in which Safeway would have a reputation as being pricy.


Report highlights role of luxury car sales in B.C. money laundering

B.C. auto dealers are reporting being “in the middle of money laundering” activities in the province, according to newly released information from former senior RCMP officer Peter German.


Long-standing jewelry store in Squamish, closing its doors

It is 'So long for now,' but not 'Good-bye,' for the owners of Squamish's Gem Jewellers, Roland and Susan Badke. The store is closing after more than 50 years in the Sea to Sky Corridor — 23 of those years have been in Squamish.


Cannabis store approved - Mountain View Gazette

Didsbury will be the location for the first government approved cannabis retail store in Mountain View County.

Didsbury Cannabis Mart at #20 – 1602, 20th Street was recently granted a permit from the AGLC (Alberta Government Liquor and Cannabis).

Store owner Gurdev Bhullar expects the store to open around May 17. He said it was pretty exciting to have the first cannabis retail store in Mountain View County.


3-alarm fire damages grocery store in Vancouver's Chinatown | CBC News

Firefighters were busy battling a stubborn fire at the Tin Lee Market on East Georgia Street near Gore Avenue early Tuesday morning.


You've seen his work before, now this Kelowna designer is taking on Canadiana

Last week Luopa launched CDN, an apparel line that’s aimed at taking a simpler, perhaps more West Coast, approach to Canadiana.

His CDN clothing line, which can already be found at Man+Woman at Orchard Park mall and Tourism Kelowna’s gift shop among other locations, is a Canadian concept with thoroughly Canuck trim.


'Ours is the original': Kardashian company accused of ripping off B.C. entrepreneur

Khloe Kardashian's clothing company Good American is under fire from a Vancouver store owner who’s accusing the reality TV star of copying a slogan she said she’s been using for two years.