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City’s small businesses squeezed

Apr 15, 2014 - B.C. entrepreneurs seeking expansion of buy-local initiative and government zoning help to survive in... Full Article


Alcohol store sales up across British Columbia

Apr 10, 2014 - Total sales of all categories of alcoholic beverages by beer and liquor stores grew 2.4% in British Columbia... Full Article


Short-selling cross-border shopping  

Apr 15, 2014 - Cross-border shopping is a Canadian tradition and, by occasionally voting with their feet, Canadian shoppers... Full Article

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Coastal Contacts shareholders approve $430 million sale

Apr 16, 2014 - Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX:COA; Nasdaq:COA) announced April 16 that shareholders have approved Essilor International’s bid to buy the... Full Article

Short-selling cross-border shopping  

Apr 15, 2014 - Cross-border shopping is a Canadian tradition and, by occasionally voting with their feet, Canadian shoppers have encouraged Canadian retail to... Full Article

City’s small businesses squeezed

Apr 15, 2014 - B.C. entrepreneurs seeking expansion of buy-local initiative and government zoning help to survive in Vancouver city marketplace Full Article

Alcohol store sales up across British Columbia

Apr 10, 2014 - Total sales of all categories of alcoholic beverages by beer and liquor stores grew 2.4% in British Columbia between 2012 and 2013, Statistics... Full Article

Thurlow Street development kicks out Dollar Tree as it goes high end

Apr 03, 2014 - Concord Pacific is intent on making its Carlyle development at the corner of Alberni and Thurlow Streets fully high-end by ridding itself of low-... Full Article

The face of the Canadian manufacturing sector is changing: CIBC

Apr 01, 2014 - The past decade saw Canadian manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP) fall by 12% and the number of firms in this sector drop by 20%, but it may ... Full Article

More store closures, layoffs hit Richmond-based Petcetera

Mar 31, 2014 - Beleaguered pet-supply retailer Petcetera is back in the doghouse after filing for creditor protection just a few weeks ago.... Full Article

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Consumers push for disclosure of where clothes are made

Mar 31, 2014 - Concern over outsourced manufacturing sparked by 2013 Bangladesh factory collapse Full Article

Lululemon's earnings remain mostly flat after last year's blunders

Mar 27, 2014 - Lululemon Athletica Inc.'s (NASDAQ: LULU) public image blunders over see-through pants and insensitive comments about women's figures haven't... Full Article

Pappas Furs closing its iconic downtown store

Mar 27, 2014 - A family company that's been selling high-fashion furs across the globe for more than 100 years will close its doors April 15.... Full Article

Revenue rises at 50% clip as Gardein racks up awards for its fishless filets

Mar 24, 2014 - Richmond-based Garden Protein International (GPI) launched its first vegetable-based fish product earlier this month and has already won a couple... Full Article

Petcetera files for bankruptcy protection

Mar 17, 2014 - Petcetera has been a dog of a business for a while, according to its founder and CEO Dan Urbani, who told Business in Vancouver that he will go... Full Article

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Former beer executive seeks entry into medical marijuana trade

Mar 14, 2014 - Brian Harris' post as CEO and owner of Russell Breweries has turned out to be a gateway job for eventually joining the marijuana business.... Full Article

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Chilliwack manufacturer’s upwardly mobile opportunity

Mar 10, 2014 - Tycrop’s head count has tripled since branching out into the oil and gas sector Full Article

Richie Bros.’ profits up 18% in 2013

Mar 03, 2014 - Vancouver auctioneer Ritchie Bros.’ net earnings were $93.8 million in 2013 – a jump of 18% compared with 2012 – the company... Full Article

B.C. alcohol sales inch upward in 2013: BMO

Feb 28, 2014 - Sales of beer, wine and spirits in British Columbia were $3.5 billion in 2013 – an increase of 0.5% compared with one year ago – BMO... Full Article

Essilor International buys Coastal Contacts for $430 million

Feb 27, 2014 - Vancouver’s Coastal Contacts (TSX:COA), also known as, has been sold to lens designer and manufacturer Essilor International for ... Full Article

Top manufacturers report: Made in B.C.

Feb 18, 2014 - It’s still overshadowed by mining and other resource industries, but manufacturing is B.C.’s fourth-largest employer, and new markets... Full Article

Shoppers Drug Mart to open next to Victoria's Secret megastore in Vancouver

Feb 14, 2014 - Shoppers Drug Mart (SDM) plans this summer to open an 11,000-square-foot, two-storey store next to the Victoria's Secret megastore at the corner... Full Article

Overwaitea buys 15 grocery stores from Sobeys

Feb 13, 2014 - Overwaitea Food Group (OFG) announced February 13 that it is buying 15 stores from Sobeys Inc., which was forced to sell the locations as part of... Full Article

Health Canada pulls not-so-natural products from Burnaby store

Feb 04, 2014 - Products marketed as natural health products, but which Health Canada says contained undeclared prescription drugs that could be harmful, have... Full Article

Walmart announces $500 million expansion in Canada

Feb 04, 2014 - Richmond will not be the only Canadian city getting a new Walmart store this year. Walmart Canada has announced plans to build 35 "supercentres"... Full Article

Christine Day targets U.S. growth as new boss of healthy food retailer

Feb 03, 2014 - Ex-Lululemon CEO takes reins at Richmond-based Luvo, aims to add airlines, hospitals to expanding client list Full Article

Best Buy Canada to lay off 950 staff

Jan 30, 2014 - Burnaby-based Best Buy Canada is laying off 950 employees at its Best Buy and Future Shop stores across the country, the company announced January ... Full Article

B.C. has Canada’s largest increase in retail sales: StatsCan

Jan 23, 2014 - British Columbia saw the country’s biggest increase in retail sales in November, Statistics Canada announced January 23.... Full Article

Hemp-based natural products maker inks national distribution deal

Jan 17, 2014 - Naturally Splendid Enterprises (TSX-V:NSP) has signed a national distribution deal with Purity Life Health Products LP for its hemp-based natural... Full Article

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Vancouver's iQmetrix acquires Vancouver website developer

Jan 16, 2014 - IQmetrix, Vancouver company that specializes in developing in-store interactive displays for retailers, has acquired Web Werkz, a Vancouver... Full Article

Sears Canada to cut 1,600 jobs

Jan 15, 2014 - Sears Canada will cut 1,600 more jobs over the next nine months, the company announced today. Full Article

Christine Day to head healthy food manufacturer [updated]

Jan 14, 2014 - Former Lululemon CEO Christine Day will become CEO of healthy fast food firm Luvo in April, the company announced January 14.... Full Article

Lululemon cuts outlook, shares plunge 16%

Jan 13, 2014 - Lululemon Athletica Inc. warned investors January 13 that a substantial drop in sales since the start of 2014 will hurt sales and earnings in its... Full Article

Tesla, flagship Lululemon store to revitalize Robson Street

Dec 23, 2013 - 2015 opening of major Nordstrom outlet shifting centre of downtown shopping strip east Full Article

Holiday shoppers slow to start, but quick to overspend: CIBC

Dec 20, 2013 - There’s only one weekend left for British Columbians to buy their remaining holiday gifts with money they weren’t expecting to spend.... Full Article

Lululemon lowers outlook despite third quarter profits

Dec 12, 2013 - Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) shares dropped nearly 11% this morning after the company issued a weak outlook December 12, despite third... Full Article

Lululemon investors ask how new CEO will address supply-chain issues

Dec 10, 2013 - Investors at this morning’s Lululemon conference call asked how incoming CEO Laurent Potdevin’s experience might improve supply-chain... Full Article

Lululemon founder Wilson steps down; CEO Day's replacement named

Dec 10, 2013 - Lululemon Athletica (NASDAQ:LULU) founder and chairman of the board of directors Chip Wilson has announced that he is resigning, and the company... Full Article

Buy local week steers B.C. shoppers away from the mall

Dec 03, 2013 - Hot on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a British Columbian non-profit is pushing the message that there are big benefits to spending... Full Article

Surrey businesses see red over U.S. Black Friday sales

Dec 03, 2013 - Mall expansions, sales, longer hours aimed at stemming tide of southbound shoppers Full Article

B.C. businesses jump on Black Friday bandwagon

Nov 28, 2013 - Vancouver retailers, including Future Shop and 4,000 merchants in a dozen Vancouver business improvement associations, are jumping on the American ... Full Article

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Sears laying off 79 employees in Vancouver, 800 employees across Canada

Nov 27, 2013 - Sears Canada (TSX:SCC) is laying off 79 employees at its Vancouver service centre and a total of 800 employees nationwide over the next six months,... Full Article

'Sharing economy' delivery service Zipments to open in Vancouver

Nov 27, 2013 - A new delivery service launched in Vancouver November 27 aims to "disrupt" retail deliveries and take advantage of the sharing economy.... Full Article

Amazon launches online food and auto parts store in Canada

Oct 31, 2013 - Canadian grocery stores and retailers such as Canadian Tire and have been slow to capitalize on e-commerce could face some serious competition... Full Article

Cupcakes opening Metrotown location

Oct 29, 2013 - Vancouver-based Cupcakes is opening its ninth location November 15 in Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. Full Article

Housing-related purchases boost B.C. retail sales in August

Oct 25, 2013 - British Columbia's retail economy grew 0.6% in August, according to a Central 1 Credit Union economic report released October 25.... Full Article

Cabela’s to open first B.C. location

Oct 24, 2013 - Cabela’s will open its first British Columbia location in fall 2014, the outdoor specialty retailer announced October 24.... Full Article

New Porsche dealership sets up shop in Vancouver

Oct 24, 2013 - A new 40,000-square-foot Porsche dealership has opened its doors in Vancouver, Porsche Cars Canada announced October 23.... Full Article

B.C. sees country's biggest jump in August retail sales: StatsCan

Oct 22, 2013 - Retail sales in British Columbia grew 0.6% to $5.25 billion between July and August while sales across the country increased 0.2% to $40.3 billion ... Full Article

Rag trade rolls on in Vancouver

Oct 22, 2013 - Big firms opt for offshore, but home suits local manufacturers Full Article

B.C. manufacturing sales up in August: StatsCan

Oct 16, 2013 - Manufacturing sales in British Columbia edged upward by 0.8% in August to $3.28 billion, according to Statistics Canada data released October 16.... Full Article

U.S. shutdown an “inconvenience” for B.C. manufacturers, but that could change

Oct 03, 2013 - British Columbia’s manufacturers have so far been largely unaffected by the U.S. government shutdown, but that could change dramatically if... Full Article

Arc'teryx to open first Vancouver flagship store

Oct 01, 2013 - North Vancouver outerwear, climbing harness and backpack manufacturer Arc'teryx will scale the brick-and-mortar wall October 12, when it opens a 2,... Full Article

London Drugs inks deal to host Compass vending machines

Oct 01, 2013 - TransLink has inked a deal with London Drugs giving the B.C. company the right to operate Compass card vending machines.... Full Article

Province sees slight drop in retail trade in July: StatsCan

Sep 24, 2013 - British Columbia’s retail trade dropped by 0.1% to $5.23 billion between June and July, while trade increased across Canada by 0.6% over the ... Full Article

Coastal Contacts’ successful Robson Street store to expand

Sep 17, 2013 - Online eyewear seller Coastal Contacts’ foray into brick-and-mortar stores with its Clearly Contacts brand is clearly paying off, given... Full Article

B.C. foodies the most gluten-free

Sep 12, 2013 - More consumers in B.C. are following a gluten-free diet than anywhere else in the country. Full Article

Business growth: Growth spurts

Sep 10, 2013 - Expanding businesses are running to catch up to increasing demand Full Article

Ritchie Bros. has second record-breaking auction in two weeks

Sep 06, 2013 - Burnaby’s Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (TSX:RBA) sold $64 million of equipment at an auction in Edmonton September 4-5, the company announced... Full Article

Vancouver skin care company expanding to Seattle

Sep 04, 2013 - Vancouver-based skin-care product company Skoah has opened a location in Bellevue, WA – the first of three planned Seattle-area locations.... Full Article

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Ritchie Bros.’ record-breaking Houston auction nets more than $53 million sales

Sep 03, 2013 - Burnaby-based Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (TSX:RBA) sold more than US$53 million of equipment at two-day public auction in Houston, Texas last week.... Full Article

Vancouver’s Coastal Contacts shortlisted for Canada Post e-commerce innovation award

Sep 03, 2013 - Canada Post has announced the finalists for its 2013 E-Commerce Innovation Awards and Vancouver’s Coastal Contacts, which operates... Full Article

Russell Breweries CEO Brian Harris retires

Sep 03, 2013 - Russell Breweries’ CEO Brian Harris, who purchased the company from its founding family the Russells in 2004, has retired.... Full Article

Local online grocer launches back-to-school program

Sep 03, 2013 - Vancouver’s Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery ( will launch a back-to-school program in which it will raise funds for local charity ... Full Article

Top gear: Vancouver’s luxury retail appetite grows

Sep 03, 2013 - McLaren Vancouver joins the city’s tightly knit community of super-luxury car dealers Full Article

Canada’s auto parts industry revenue to post drop in 2013 results: Conference Board of Canada

Aug 29, 2013 - Canada’s auto parts industry is likely to post considerably lower profits in 2013, according to a Conference Board of Canada report released ... Full Article

National retail sales slumped in June, but rose in B.C. on strength of car sales: StatsCan

Aug 22, 2013 - After rising in May, retail sales in Canada slumped 0.6% in June to $40.1 billion, Statistics Canada reported August 22.     ... Full Article

Canadian expansion a drag on Target earnings

Aug 21, 2013 - Canadian expansion hurt earnings at Minneapolis-based Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT), which reported second-quarter financial results August 21.... Full Article

Best Buy rallies despite sluggish Canadian sales

Aug 20, 2013 - The parent of Burnaby-based Best Buy Canada reported its first quarterly profit in a year on August 20 as the consumer electronics giant beat Wall ... Full Article

Giving local food a boost will benefit economy: Conference Board of Canada

Aug 20, 2013 - Canada’s economy could benefit if more work was done to integrate local food into the national food distribution network, according to a... Full Article

Target misses the mark with Canadian customers: survey

Aug 19, 2013 - Canadian shoppers are increasingly unimpressed with Target Corp. (NYSE:TGT) as the U.S. big-box giant executes its rollout of 124 stores across... Full Article

E-commerce pays off for London Drugs

Aug 19, 2013 - Richmond-based retailer London Drugs says its bet on e-commerce is paying off, with sales growth tripling since it relaunched its website and e-... Full Article

B.C. vehicle sales up in June: Central 1

Aug 19, 2013 - New vehicle sales are up in B.C., Central 1 Credit Union’s B.C. economic briefing reported August 16.  ... Full Article

B.C. manufacturing sales decrease in June: StatsCan

Aug 16, 2013 - Manufacturing sales in British Columbia were down 4.5% to $3.2 billion in June compared with the previous month, according to Statistics Canada... Full Article

Manufacturing to give Abbotsford a boost in 2013: Conference Board of Canada

Aug 08, 2013 - Abbotford’s economy slowed through 2012 and will continue to be sluggish throughout 2013, but a resurgent manufacturing sector will drive... Full Article

B.C. food processors to launch Buy Local branding program

Aug 06, 2013 - A new branding program will show B.C. shoppers which products in their neighbourhood supermarket are made locally.... Full Article

Women in business report: Lingerie – taking business operations under cover

Aug 06, 2013 - The rules of running a lean and successful manufacturing operation are very similar regardless of product Full Article

Downtown Hudson’s Bay is best bet for future Saks

Aug 06, 2013 - Renovation logistics point to both a Bay and a Saks on the Granville and Georgia site Full Article

Super-luxury auto dealer McLaren opening branch in Vancouver

Aug 02, 2013 - Good news for those who like to ride in style: Pfaff Automotive Partners has expanding into Western Canada with the grand opening of... Full Article

Manufacturing business conditions slow in July: RBC

Aug 01, 2013 - Manufacturing business conditions in B.C. slowed in July, according to RBC Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) figures released August 1.... Full Article

Dan-D Foods gets multimillion-dollar funding from First West Capital

Jul 24, 2013 - Dan-D Foods has received approximately $3 million in funding from B.C.-based First West Capital to purchase its production, head office and... Full Article

B.C. sees modest gain in May retail sales: StatsCan

Jul 23, 2013 - Retail sales rose 1.9% across Canada in May, an improvement over flat retail sales in March and April, Statistics Canada is reporting today.... Full Article

British Columbians turn away from Aussie wine

Jul 22, 2013 - British Columbians are turning away from Australian wine and contributing to increasing troubles at a winery conglomerate Down Under. ... Full Article

Reward program launches to encourage sales associate training

Jul 19, 2013 - Vancouver’s Hot Tomali has launched a new style of reward program to encourage sales associates at major retailers to learn about the... Full Article

B.C. manufacturing sales up in May: StatsCan

Jul 16, 2013 - B.C.’s manufacturing sales increased by 1.6% to $3.4 billion in May, according to Statistics Canada data released this morning.... Full Article

New West box maker RockTenn shut down over labour strife

Jul 15, 2013 - More than 70 employees of a corrugated box manufacturing plant in New Westminster who were laid off are claiming that the owner has hired... Full Article

Light industry in B.C. losing tax credit

Jul 09, 2013 - Manufacturers in B.C. that are classified as light industry are losing a tax credit that in the past has reduced their school tax levies.... Full Article

Ritchie Bros. president Rob Mackay announces retirement

Jul 08, 2013 - Rob Mackay, president of Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (TSX:RBA), announced his retirement July 5. Full Article

Microsoft to open store at Metrotown

Jul 03, 2013 - Tech giant Microsoft announced yesterday that it will be opening a retail store location at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby.... Full Article

Clearly Contacts to open Kitsilano retail store

Jul 01, 2013 - Vancouver-based Coastal Contacts (TSX:COA; Nasdaq:COA) plans to open a Clearly Contacts-branded retail store at 2152 West 4th Avenue in August,... Full Article

Private beer stores in B.C. charge 50% more than in Ontario

Jun 28, 2013 - British Columbians pay 50% more for a six-pack of beer in private liquor stores than do counterparts in Ontario, according to a June 27 study by... Full Article

Spending at B.C. farmers markets up 147% since 2006

Jun 28, 2013 - Sales at farmers markets in B.C. increased 147% to $113 million in 2012, compared with $47 million in 2006, according to a study that the BC... Full Article

Family business report: Expanding roles

Jun 25, 2013 - Mother and daughters stretch beyond comfort zones at Scrublovers Full Article

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