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#5321 Rob Randall

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:57 AM

I don't think you can call Tim Hortons a proven concept with all the headlines about angry TH owners forced to buy product at prohibitive markups. I guess it's proven for the wealthy shareholders.


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#5322 sdwright.vic

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 07:58 AM

It is what Shoppers Drug Mart does. Each store is independently owned/operated by the head Pharmacist. Shoppers just goes in and builds the stores, provides infrastructure.
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#5323 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 18 May 2019 - 08:01 AM

or mcdonalds.



#5324 LJ

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Posted 21 May 2019 - 07:49 PM

Does anyone know if Graham Kia has recently changed ownership?


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#5325 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:32 AM

Victoria Hyundai is being bought by the Kot family of Nanaimo; they will retain the current dealership for 3 years before moving to a new 30,000 square foot location.  Perhaps they will acquire the old Audi site from GAIN?

 

https://www.timescol...ndai-1.23837450



#5326 RFS

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:35 AM

Victoria Hyundai is being bought by the Kot family of Nanaimo; they will retain the current dealership for 3 years before moving to a new 30,000 square foot location. Perhaps they will acquire the old Audi site from GAIN?

https://www.timescol...ndai-1.23837450


I'd bet somewhere on the Westshore.

#5327 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 11:58 AM

Well, if they aren't right downtown then my hunch is that they will seek a space somewhere in the Douglas Street corridor by Uptown where many other (new car) dealers are.  That area is also 'central' to people coming from the west shore or the peninsula.



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Posted 29 May 2019 - 12:22 PM

^ I knew a lady that wanted to buy a certain brand of vehicle but the dealership was on the wrong side of town, so she bought something else because she didn't want to go that far for maintenance.



#5329 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 01:10 PM

^ I knew a lady that wanted to buy a certain brand of vehicle but the dealership was on the wrong side of town, so she bought something else because she didn't want to go that far for maintenance.

As the saying goes, you can't please all of the people all of the time.  My sense is that the Douglas Street Corridor near uptown is close to the 'geographic population centre' of greater Victoria given that Saanich and Victoria proper are the largest municipalities in the region by population.  



#5330 Belleprincess

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:18 PM

Fields shoe store is officially closing it’s doors

#5331 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:20 PM

wow. that has some looooooong history I think.

#5332 Belleprincess

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:26 PM

wow. that has some looooooong history I think.


I’m pretty sure it’s the longest running shoe store in the city. Some have been in business for 50 or so years. But I think fields pre dates all of them

#5333 Mike K.

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 05:26 PM

Oh my. Do we have a date?

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#5334 Belleprincess

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Posted 29 May 2019 - 06:05 PM

Oh my. Do we have a date?


no date from me. I could be wrong but they’ve certainly been around as long as I’ve been alive & have always been family owned and operated

#5335 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:24 AM

A Saanich woman who sells jam from a stand at the end of her driveway says she’s under siege from Saanich bylaw officers who say the stand must go.


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#5336 Rob Randall

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:30 AM

Yeah, sorry lady; take your jam to the market.


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#5337 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:36 AM

she’s 46 not 12. take some retraining and get back in the workforce normally.

#5338 Nparker

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:41 AM

It would seem the milk of human kindness has turned sour on VV today.



#5339 Rob Randall

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:47 AM

Look, if Saanich ignores this, the bylaw becomes unenforceable. Now your neighbour fixes cars in the front yard, the hoarder across the street has year-round garage sales and his tenant sells vaping supplies out of the garage door.


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#5340 Mike K.

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Posted 30 May 2019 - 08:49 AM

Meanwhile the Vic West pie lady has been doing her thing along Craigflower in the CoV for years. Many years.

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