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Victoria retail thread: retailer news, comings and goings


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#5761 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:15 PM

So would this be applicable:

Well, I'm not sure; all Shoppers Drug Marts *sell Carlton Cards*, so that will continue, but Google Maps has given me the impression that Carlton Cards at Hillside is a store-within-a-store, similar to how Canada Post operates within various Shoppers locations...



#5762 Jackerbie

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:25 PM

DIdn't even realize, but Things Engraved closed without any warning earlier this month. They closed every store in Canada with only 24 hour notice to their employees.



#5763 Jacques Cadé

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:32 PM

Blair Mart, the Mediterranean grocery on Pandora across the street from Our Place, is closing down. Incredible that it lasted as long as it did. Owner says he is looking for another location.



#5764 Nparker

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Posted 22 January 2020 - 03:36 PM

...Google Maps has given me the impression that Carlton Cards at Hillside is a store-within-a-store, similar to how Canada Post operates within various Shoppers locations...

I'll have to take a closer look the next time I am in the Hillside SDM location. I've never noticed a store-within-a-store card outlet there before.



#5765 VIResident

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:07 AM

Ten Thousand Villages, a fair-trade social enterprise mostly run by a Winnipeg-based charity, says it will shut its Canadian corporate operations after 74 years. The company will close its online shop and wholesale operations, as well as its 10 remaining company stores this year, citing a "challenging retail environment" where the existing model no longer works. Ten Thousand Villages was designed to market handcrafted products made in developing countries to Canadian consumers.

 

List of Canadian fair trade co's here http://cftn.ca/products-companies


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#5766 Mike K.

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:12 AM

Wasn’t there one of these along the Pandora frontage of Market Square?

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#5767 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 07:37 AM

Wasn’t there one of these along the Pandora frontage of Market Square?

Yes, it was across the street from Swan's...


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#5768 jasmineshinga

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 07:41 AM

You're thinking of the Global Village Store, still in Market Square, unaffiliated with 10KV. Or are you folks digging into old memories?


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#5769 Mike K.

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 07:44 AM

Oh, now I'm confused.


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#5770 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 08:16 AM

Well, there *was* a 10,000 Villages store a few years ago on Government Street:  https://www.tenthous...sistant-manager

 

I think Jasmine is right, Mike:  we must have been thinking of the (similar) Global Village store on Pandora. 


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#5771 VIResident

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 10:21 AM

Ten Thousand Villages announces closure of corporate operations

 

"In a press release, the company called today’s climate a “challenging retail environment.”

 
BY ABIGAIL TURNER GLOBAL NEWS
Posted January 22, 2020 5:42 am
Updated January 22, 2020 7:43 am
 

 

https://globalnews.c...ations-closing/

 

"Not every Canadian location will be closing its doors, as the company has a selection of stores that are independently owned and will be able to remain open."


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#5772 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 23 January 2020 - 06:15 PM

We don’t have a local outlet in Victoria, but it’s rumoured that all Bench stores will be closing nationwide soon (there are 4-5 locations in the lower mainland)...

#5773 shoeflack

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Posted 27 January 2020 - 10:57 AM

I was at Sport Chek at the Bay Centre over the weekend. Wondering how long they will last there. Seems like the back half of the store (i.e. where the Golf section was) has been converted to a storage area. It definitely didn't look like a store that was in good shape, when contrasted against their other locations in the region. Something seems up.


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#5774 Matt R.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 12:08 AM

I stopped in a week before Christmas and it was the same. Disaster zone. Cardboard piled up all over the place, disinterested staff, seemed like there was just stuff piled up all over the place.

Went into Winners afterwards, equally depressing.

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#5775 Mike K.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 02:49 AM

You know, now that I think about it I have yet to set foot in the downtown Winners.

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#5776 VIResident

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 08:28 AM

I stopped in a week before Christmas and it was the same. Disaster zone. Cardboard piled up all over the place, disinterested staff, seemed like there was just stuff piled up all over the place.

Went into Winners afterwards, equally depressing.

Matt.

Retail is changing. 

Stores are becoming more, storage like.  

They sell online.

When the 'lease' is up they will shut down the 'store'.

Find cheap warehouse space and off they go.

Mark my words - in a few years malls will no longer be as we know them.  They will become warehousing for online stores.


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#5777 Matt R.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 10:00 AM

Consumers Distrubutor was way ahead of it’s time.

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 10:10 AM

Was in Capital Iron this weekend and was really surprised at how sparse the place was. Its like they have reduced their stock by 1/2....


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Posted 28 January 2020 - 10:16 AM

Was in Capital Iron this weekend and was really surprised at how sparse the place was. Its like they have reduced their stock by 1/2....

 

that's not a good sign.  



#5780 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 28 January 2020 - 10:19 AM

Was in Capital Iron this weekend and was really surprised at how sparse the place was. Its like they have reduced their stock by 1/2....

It might simply be related to a change in 'seasonal' items carried ..?


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