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Cost of food and goods in Vancouver could soar without more warehouse space

Industrial real estate is absolutely vital to the health of the economy in Metro Vancouver, but as this sector of the real estate market is largely out of sight and mind to the everyday consumer, it sees little attention, despite its importance.

In a motion that is scheduled for deliberation on Tuesday, Sarah Kirby-Yung is asking the City of Vancouver to formally acknowledge the immediate and real impacts of the industrial land crunch on businesses in the city.

She also wants city staff to study the impact on a possible moratorium of new development applications that use industrial zoning for non-traditional industrial uses.

“The industrial affordability crisis in Vancouver is the result of several global and local forces, including lifting land values as well as landowners sitting on industrial land as a form of real estate investment,” reads her motion.


Inner Spirit Holdings Announces Opening of Several Spiritleaf Corporate Stores

The cannabis company announced that its first corporate-owned retail cannabis store in Calgary's downtown Beltline district will be opening today (Wednesday, June 26) and its second corporate-owned retail cannabis store is expected to open in Edmonton's Old Strathcona community on Whyte Avenue on Friday, June 28. The Company also announced that its initial franchised retail cannabis stores in British Columbia located in Castlegar and Vernon are expected to open in the coming week.


Edmonton lunch hot spot Zenari's closing for revamp | CBC News

The family business at downtown Edmonton's Manulife Place, which has been counter-serving Italian treats since 1984, as well as offering meals, with a wine bar and kitchenware boutique, will be serving its iconic muffaletta and risotto at a new location in the coming months.


Pop-up shops breathe new life into commercial spaces

Calgarians don’t have to wait for the next makers’ market to look for handcrafted goods by local artists — they can just head to the mall.

Pop-up shops offering everything from ceramic mugs to one-of-a-kind furniture pieces have been sprouting up at shopping centres all over the city.

It’s part of a growing trend across North America, said Rashmi Aimiuwu, marketing director at Southcentre Mall, adding that 2019 has been deemed “the year of the pop-up.”

Malls are capitalizing on the popularity of the pop-up shop concept — temporary storefronts set up for short periods of time — as they find ways to fill vacant retail spaces, stem the tide of e-commerce and attract more shoppers.


Amazon says Nisku fulfillment facility will employ 600 people when it opens next spring

Amazon says it is on track to finish its one-million-square-foot fulfillment centre in Leduc County by spring 2020.


Chairs worth nearly $40K targeted by thieves at high-end Vancouver store | CBC News

A pair of unique designer chairs worth nearly $40,000 stolen during break-in at a high-end Vancouver furniture store last month.


Toonies for Tummies doubles store count thanks to Empire Company | Canadian Grocer

The Grocery Foundation’s annual Toonies for Tummies campaign got a big boost from Empire Company Ltd., whose banners are participating in the program to raise funds for school-based nutrition programs.

Sobeys, IGA, Thrifty Foods and Safeway will take part in the program in Western Canada (B.C., Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northwest Ontario) for the first time. (Toonies for Tummies expanded out West three years ago.) In Ontario, Sobeys and Foodland stores will return to the campaign after a several-year absence.