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Walmart Canada to grand-open 30 stores in October. Walmart will add two supercenter conversions and 28 new stores totaling 2.4 million sq. ft. of retail space. The new stores were former Zellers locations; 10 will be converted to supercenters and 18 will be Wal-Mart Canada discount stores. As of Oct. 31, the company will have completed 50 of the 73 real estate projects planned for the year, bringing the company's store count to 367 stores: 193 supercenters and 174 discount stores. (Source

U.S. home stores are "invading" Canada.
From Restoration Hardware to West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, and Bed Bath & Beyond, the recent frenzy over star-spangled stores has just taken off over the last few years with no end in site. In a $15.5B industry everyone is racing up there to get their part, and that means LP jobs. (Source

While the dollar stores have been booming in the US they just now started taking off in Canada and have become the fastest growing retail sector there. They're forcing mainstream merchants, ranging from discounter Walmart Canada Corp. to generalist Canadian Tire Corp., to step up their own dollar promotions. While dollar stores have been a looming threat for years, today they are becoming a bigger force as Canadian market leader Dollarama Inc. expands aggressively and U.S. rival Dollar Tree Stores Inc. ramps up its operations here after having scooped up a domestic chain. Where's Dollar General and Family Dollar? They've left the Canadian market alone. (Source

Canadian Retailers make a Big Push to hold off next year’s foreign attack.
On the Anniversary one year ahead of the surge of American retailer hitting the shores of Canada, the Retailers are armed with big sales and discount hopefully to gain the loyalty of their customer base. Holt Renfrew & Co. Ltd. to Sears Canada Inc., Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. and Canadian Tire Corp. Ltd., merchants are touting their Canadian roots even though some of them aren’t domestically owned.  (Source

Canadians made 156,000 overnight automobile trips to the U.S. in July 2012, a 43% increase over July 2011, the largest ever. (Source


Port Hope, Ontario Razor blade thieves busted for nearly $7000.
Police have a great lead on the second suspect that bolted from the Shoppers Drug Mart, they have his wallet that he left behind in the get-a-way car. Approximately 50 packages of razor blades were concealed in the suspect’s coat sleeves, the alarm went off at the door, but the suspects did purchase some legitimate items. (Source

Calgary Police investigate a violent convenience store robbery.
The cashier of the store was attempting to cooperate with the armed robber’s demands, just not fast enough for the robber. The suspect pistol whipped the cashier several times, knocking him to the ground, then stealing the entire cash register drawer and fleeing the store.  (Source

Peel Police continue to investigate shooting at Sheridan Centre Mal
l. Peel Regional Police are investigating a shooting at Sheridan Centre Mall Wednesday evening. Officers cordoned off an area near the parking garage at the mall. There are no reported injuries, but officers have discovered several shell casings on scene.  (Source

Serial Shoplifter in Nova Scotia hits for over 30 times, targeting Oil of Olay
. Prosecutors stated that Melvin Murray Ferguson of Sydney was responsible for the theft of over $2000 of Oil of Oley products in just one week this past June. Police charged Ferguson with 30 thefts, he plead guilty to nice on Tuesday and has been sentenced to eight months in jail. Ferguson had 19 prior theft convictions on his record.  (Source

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