Western Canada News

Vendors ponder future of Centennial Market as U-Haul poises to buy old Sears building

Regina: Since the inception of the market in 2016, it has grown from 20 vendors to 200 during the winter months when it’s at its fullest. It is now Saskatchewan’s largest indoor market, a kind of hodgepodge of local arts, crafts, foods, services and more that have breathed new life into the old Sears Clearance Centre.

It takes up about half of the main floor’s 70,000 square feet and parts have been transformed by colourful murals painted by local artists.

But there’s been mixed feelings among the tight-knit family, as U-Haul International makes moves to purchase the building.

A tenant in the building since last fall, U-Haul currently offers truck and trailer sharing, U-Box portable storage containers and moving supplies out of a retail showroom.


BC Liquor Stores to phase in paper bags province-wide - Cowichan Valley Citizen

The BC Liquor Distribution Branch has put out request for proposal for companies that can provide environmentally-friendly and cost-effective paper bags. The province is already using paper bags in five cities that ban plastic bags, including Victoria, Salmon Arm, Tofino, Courtenay, and estimates they each go through 2,000 bags a week.


Calgary to step out of Federated Co-op grocery system - AGCanada

Calgary Co-op’s grocery business plans to get all its goods from suppliers other than Federated Co-operatives (FCL) starting in April next year.

Saskatoon-based FCL said Thursday it had received notice from Calgary Co-operative Association that it would “discontinue the procurement of all products for their grocery stores from FCL” at that time.

The Saskatoon StarPhoenix newspaper on Wednesday quoted a Calgary Co-op spokesperson as saying the grocery chain “operates in an increasingly challenging economic and competitive market” and will “reflect our members’ needs” by “positioning our food business model for unique differentiation.”


Opinion: One fewer bookstore in Edmonton is a very bad thing, full stop

The loss of the monolithic Chapters on Whyte by year’s end is a real bummer for book browsers — yet for some, accusations of international big lion Amazon stealing its dwindling meat are not felt without irony.

As the chain’s Old Strathcona flagship was getting ready to open its doors in 1998, an act of vandalism sawed off bones of the h in Chapters to read “Crapters,” a big laugh at the Black Dog down the street — if not the suits at head office.

At the time, many Edmotonians reasonably feared Toronto-based Chapters on Whyte would demolish the local bookseller scene. And indeed, non-scientifically, a number of local giants fell in the corner store’s lifetime.


Fat Franks’ founder says farewell to Edmonton business after selling it to young entrep...

The Edmonton institution is changing hands for the first time in its 25-year history.


Local fabric store making 100 quilts to support Ronald McDonald House - Medicine Hat News

Staff at Mook Fabrics have set out to create 100 quilts before the end of the year that they will then donate to the Ronald McDonald House opening in Medicine Hat.


Jollibee continues Canadian expansion with first restaurant in Edmonton - Restobiz

Edmonton will be Jollibee's fifth location to open in Canada, as the chain progresses in its goal to open 100 branches in the country.


Metro Vancouver cannabis grower has deal in works with major Canadian food retailer

A large-scale Delta greenhouse operation that’s making the switch to cannabis could be supplying product for a major Canadian food retailer.