Central/Eastern Canada News

Costco opens largest warehouse club in Canada in St. John's | Grocery Business News

Costco has opened its largest Canadian warehouse club in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The new 182,000 square-foot location features wider aisles and a larger selection of food offerings than the previous Costco St. John’s warehouse.

It has a wider variety of specialty departments, such as an on-site bakery, fresh meat, expanded produce area, rotisserie chicken section, an optical centre – including an on-site independent optometrist – a newly-introduced hearing aid centre, photo centre, tire centre, food court, gas station with 50 per cent more pumps, propane station and a pharmacy.

With 20 checkout registers – two more than the former location – the warehouse features a range of new business centre items as well as 300 more parking spots, bringing total parking capacity to 1,000 spaces. (Grocery Business Magazine)


YOW's Airport Concession Program Takes Off

The Ottawa International Airport Authority announced its new Airport Concession Program. Multiple years of consultation, design, and a competitive tender process culminated in SSP Canada and Paradies Lagardère being named Master Concessionaires for the airport's food, beverage, and retail offering. Additionally, global quick-serve giant, Subway, was also assigned an independent contract to round out the program.


Milestones: Jim Bryson retires from Metro | Grocery Business News

Jim Bryson, a director of merchandising at Metro Ontario Division, has retired after 43 years in the business.

Metro held a retirement party for Bryson on June 18 at Astoria Restaurant in Mississauga, ON. Grocery Business’s Jim Slomka attended. (Grocery Business Magazine)


Rabba supports U of T student housing festival | Grocery Business News

Rabba Fine Foods has announced its fifth year of support for the annual Rooftop Festival of Student Family Housing at the University of Toronto.

The event takes place annually at the rooftop garden located at 30 Charles Street West, Toronto. It gives residents of Student Family Housing an opportunity to get together for an afternoon filled with activities, food, and the opportunity to engage with neighbours. It has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and kicks off the opening of the university's rooftop garden.

As in past years, Rabba donated a variety of barbecue food items, condiments, utensils and tableware to the event's more than 2,000 residents. (Grocery Business Magazine)


Longo’s launches meal-based shopping | Grocery Business News

Longo’s is piloting a new meal-based shopping model at a downtown Toronto store.

The pilot project consists of three specially developed kiosks at the Longo’s location at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Square, near the city’s downtown core. The kiosks are located next to the store’s kitchen and feature all the fresh ingredients required for three different meal recipes so customers can pick up everything they need in one spot.

“As far as we know, no one else in Canada is doing this,” Longo’s project lead John Fiorino told Grocery Business. “We want to make it fun, easier and quicker for our guests to shop, and it’s a way for people with very busy lifestyles to avoid falling into bad eating habits, which is so easy to do if you’re always on the run.” (Grocery Business Magazine)


June Records is closing

June Records is closing in August. The College Street building has been sold by its landlord with the new owners wanting to put in their own retail space, according to the indie store's owner. And so the seven-year-old shop is gearing up to move out.