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Victoria retail thread: retailer news, comings and goings


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#6001 Jackerbie

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Posted 03 July 2020 - 02:01 PM

Does the CoV publish business licensing data?


Yes, it's on the open data website. Last updated January 2020. http://opendata.victoria.ca
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#6002 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 03:32 AM

$115,000

 

613 Johnson St

 

"Paradise Boutique" is a women's fashion, swimwear, beachwear business which has been running in Victoria since early 1990's. Ideally located in Victoria's tourist and shopping centre near all the offices, banks and newly built residential towers on the booming downtown area. This turn key business can be easily run by 1 or 2 staff and is a great opportunity for a full time operator on owner.

 

https://www.realtor....ctoria-downtown



#6003 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 05:27 AM

does anyone know what modern retail development should look like?

 

small stores are really a thing of the past aren't they?  is there any growth whatsoever in that area?


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 09 July 2020 - 05:28 AM.


#6004 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 05:46 AM

Ten years ago our friend Yule posed the same question and used Baggins Shoes on Johnson as an example of a bricks and mortar retail experience that also has a strong online presence. Bottom line, a well-managed store can offer a superior in-person local shopping experience no website can match, especially in an age of overwhelming choice.

 

https://blogs.harvar...tail-realities/


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#6005 Greg

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 11:39 AM

You have to offer something that is not easily available online. That's hard to do with some products, but even then it is sometimes possible to accomplish with personal service. I think a lot of people still buy bikes locally, because they want the bike setup for them, and they want someone that will service it.

 

If you can fix things, let me "test drive" things, set things up, maintain things, customize things, tailor things, that's the differentiation for me. If on the other hand you hire people who know less about the product than an online blurb, and provide mediocre customer service, I'm actually fine with you being replaced by an online business.



#6006 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 11:59 AM

see: Canadian Tire in that last regard.

#6007 spanky123

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Posted 09 July 2020 - 02:23 PM

You have to offer something that is not easily available online. That's hard to do with some products, but even then it is sometimes possible to accomplish with personal service. I think a lot of people still buy bikes locally, because they want the bike setup for them, and they want someone that will service it.

 

If you can fix things, let me "test drive" things, set things up, maintain things, customize things, tailor things, that's the differentiation for me. If on the other hand you hire people who know less about the product than an online blurb, and provide mediocre customer service, I'm actually fine with you being replaced by an online business.

 

Add in things that people want now and/or are too expensive to ship to make it economical. That is where Canadian Tire, Costco and Walmart thrive. Almost every product on their shelves fits into one of these categories.


Edited by spanky123, 09 July 2020 - 02:23 PM.

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