Tuesday marks the final day to apply for Loblaws' $25 gift card, offered as compensation for the retailer's admitted part in a bread price-fixing scandal. Many Canadians report they're satisfied with their gift of free groceries. However, the end of the card program doesn't mark the end of the retailer's troubles — far from it. For starters, Loblaws still faces multiple proposed class action lawsuits targeting the retailer and alleged co-conspirators in the scandal. Loblaws has stated that it expects to subtract $25 from any potential settlement payments to class action members who also got a gift card. However, in the case of a proposed class action in Ontario, a Superior Court judge recently ruled that's not necessarily how it will play out. "Whether or not they get credit for the gift cards is an open question," said lawyer Jay Strosberg, who's involved in the Ontario suit. "Loblaws doesn't get to decide that issue. The judge does."
Discount grocer No Frills will launch a new clothing line dubbed "Hauler" in a celebration of savvy, frugal shoppers on Monday. The Loblaw Companies Ltd.-owned grocery brand is the latest retailer to offer limited-edition items for die-hard brand fans, following in the footsteps of McDonald's onesies in a Big Mac burger print, Kentucky Fried Chicken pillow cases bearing Colonel Sanders's face and Taco Bell bodysuits, saying things like "born saucy." The Hauler brand is a nod to how No Frills views its customers: individuals smart enough to know healthy, fresh food doesn't have to cost more.
A stronger economy is not affecting retail food prices as some experts might expect, and there are several reasons why
Ahead of the big day on May 19, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta stores selling imported British treats have made sure they've got plenty of Jaffa Cakes, Flake chocolate bars, clotted cream, scones and mince pies to sell to customers throwing royal wedding-themed parties. Many are also stocking tea sets, mugs, T-shirts and flags emblazoned with photos of the couple.
Starbucks will close all its Canadian company-operated stores and offices for an afternoon next month to provide training about creating a “culture of warmth and belonging.” The announcement comes nearly a month after the Seattle-based company publicly apologized for the arrest of two black men who had been refused permission to use the washroom of a Starbucks coffee shop in Philadelphia. A Philadelphia police spokesman said Starbucks employees called 911 after the men refused to leave.