On a year-over-year basis, retail sales in Montreal were up 6.7 per cent, while they rose 5.3 per cent across the province.
The nearly $100-million investment in Masonville Place mall seems to be paying off. The north London retail giant cracked a top list of sales for shopping centres across Canada, said a recent Retail Council of Canada report. “We are thrilled to see Masonville in the upper echelon of top-performing malls in Canada, we put a lot of work into getting things right, we’re pleased to see London consumers embracing that,” said Finley McEwen, senior vice-president development for mall owner Cadillac Fairview. In 2017, the mall posted average sales per square foot of $933, a jump from $855 in 2016, placing it 13th on the list of Canada’s top-performing malls.
The departure of a book store in Les Galeries de Hull malle is underlining the difficulties on Saint-Joseph Boulevard — a changing retail landscape and lagging street revitalization.
A coalition of chambers of commerce from across Ontario have banded together to call on the Canadian government to maintain a $20 limit for goods that can be shipped duty-free across the border.