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Discount retailers brace for Target, Wal-Mart expansion

Discount retailers brace for Target, Wal-Mart expansion

Low operating costs and margins key to survival in the increasingly competitive sector
Instant Imprints to open four more local stores

Instant Imprints to open four more local stores

Fast growing franchiser Instant Imprints plans to double its four-store Metro Vancouver presence within the next 90 days, the company’s CEO Ralph Askar told Business in Vancouver June 22.
Magazine store closure is sign of the times

Magazine store closure is sign of the times

Entrepreneur Kent McKenzie plans to close his 13-year-old Does Your Mother Know? magazine store June 24 in what is another example of how online media consumption is killing longtime brick-and-mortar businesses.
MEC expands with new North Vancouver store

MEC expands with new North Vancouver store

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) opened a new North Vancouver store last week and is poised to build new headquarters next year before furthering its expansion into Ontario.
Industry eyebrows raised over Black Bond’s book expansion

Industry eyebrows raised over Black Bond’s book expansion

Company points to business logic behind acquisition of Book Warehouse location

Vancouver entrepreneurs launch British newspaper in Canada

The first edition of a new newspaper designed for British expats is hitting newsstands in Vancouver, Victoria and three other Canadian cities. A Canadian version of the Union Jack , which has been published in the U.S.
Asia Packaging signs LOI for $80m acquisition

Asia Packaging signs LOI for $80m acquisition

Vancouver-based Asia Packaging Group Inc. (TSX-V:APX) announced this morning that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the potential $80m acquisition of a China-based manufacturer and seller of shopping bags.
The future is in good hands

The future is in good hands

Community and business leaders in Surrey have nothing to fear about the future of business if last week's award ceremonies are any indication.
Generic versus brand-name drug war heats up

Generic versus brand-name drug war heats up

B.C.’s biotechs say drug patent protection needed to foster innovation
Cross-border shopping set to rise as duty-free limits are raised

Cross-border shopping set to rise as duty-free limits are raised

Canadian retailers that are already losing business to the U.S. may start seeing even more commerce draining south of the 49th parallel, now that Canadians are allowed to spend more without paying duty during overnight trips to the U.S.