Western Canada News

Vancouver serving as North American launch pad for global retailers

International retailers are selecting Vancouver as their launch pad for North American operations in part because its multicultural mix and culture makes it an ideal testing ground, particularly for companies from the Asia-Pacific region.

biv.com

Winnipeg’s Academy Road sees upgrades make room for retail

South Winnipeg street is leading a mini-development boom, led by revitalization of longtime bowling alley

westerninvestor.com

Portage Place redevelopment will trigger new life for Bay store, Forks CEO predicts

Forks CEO Paul Jordan said he believes a renovated Portage Place shopping centre could be a catalyst for the redevelopment of the downtown Hudson's Bay Company building.

Jordan went to city hall Tuesday to urge Mayor Brian Bowman and members of his executive policy committee to endorse the sale of the land underneath Portage Place and the parkade and he said the Bay building will likely be next to be redeveloped.

winnipegfreepress.com

Boy gets locked in gun safe at Saskatoon Peavey Mart | CBC News

Peavey Marts across Canada will be updating their store safety policies after a 12-year-old boy was locked in a gun safe in Saskatoon for roughly 20 minutes on Monday afternoon.

cbc.ca

Holiday closure law should be scrapped

It’s one of the most convoluted and unnecessarily complex laws on the books.

Manitoba’s Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act – a rat’s nest of arbitrary rules and exemptions that dictates which retail outlets can open Sundays and holidays and which cannot – is in the spotlight again.

Premier Brian Pallister signalled last week he favours loosening some of the restrictions that govern holiday shopping, or at least giving municipalities greater authority over them (like they have now for Sunday shopping and some general holidays).

winnipegfreepress.com

Edmonton vape shop owners push back again police anti-vaping measures

Edmonton-area vape shops say a new Edmonton Police Service campaign to eliminate the sale of flavoured products will hurt those who use vapes as an alternative to smoking cigarettes.

edmontonjournal.com