1.6 million square foot "Megamall" may be coming to Montreal - $1.7B investment
with 15,000 jobs The Royalmount would have cinemas, a skating rink, a
water park, between 50 and 75 restaurants, two hotels, 1.6 million square feet
of retail space and as much office space, a live-entertainment hall with 3,000
seats and so on. The Carbonleo people promise a new kind of shopping mall,
something with an "urban feel" where shops would open onto streets or piazzas
and pedestrians would be at ease. And, of course, there's a nod to ecology: The
roofs would be covered with greenery. Royalmount was partly inspired by
Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre and would attract, its developers hope, major
The left-leaning municipal opposition party, Projet Montréal, is squarely
against Royalmount: "We must choose between organic development or the American
way of life. This project will be dumped by helicopter into a ghetto deprived of
links with the surrounding districts," Projet Montréal leader Luc Ferrandez
says. Le Devoir's Jean-François Nadeau complained that it will encourage the
plague of overconsumption. Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre hasn't yet made up his
mind. He's worried about the impact the project would have on the city. If Carbonleo gets the green light, the megamall would open in 2021.
Canadian Tire transitioning from "old-world retailing" to digitalized
environment - 2015 Corporate Priority In their new Mark's super store
they're opening in Canada's largest mall, West Edmonton Mall, this "lab" store
will test a variety of concepts: An accessories shop, multiple
store-within-store offerings for brands including Alfred Sung, Columbia
Sportswear and Levi's, and digital technologies such as screens informing
shoppers about the features and benefits of certain products. CTC has identified
transitioning from so-called "old-world retailing" to a digitized environment as
one of its corporate priorities for 2015, noting that the future of retailing
requires "significant investment" in technological platforms.
Target Stores Insolvency Biggest In Canadian Retail History - $3B in debt
The biggest insolvency in national retailing history, Target stores' Canadian
subsidiary, is scheduled to take key steps on the road to resolution this month
and over the summer. It left its landlords and almost 1,800 other suppliers
on the hook for close to $3 billion. When it applied for CCAA protection
last winter, Target Canada owed approximately $2.4 billion to governments,
suppliers of goods and services and employees. It has since established a trust
to meet its pay and severance obligations to all employees. At present, Target
Canada has approximately $720 million available to meet all obligations. The
company raised some of this money by liquidating inventory and other assets and
by selling some leases back to landlords.
Lowe's Canada taking two Calgary store locations vacated by Target
RioCan said five other former Target locations in Canada have been assigned to
Lowe's - Victoria, Toronto, Ottawa, Abbotsford and Burlington - and one in
Sudbury next to Canadian Tire.
OPP and Mac's team up for "Operation Freeze 2015"; Good deeds rewarded with 'frosters'
The OPP is continuing its partnership with Mac's Convenience Stores across
Ontario this year for "Operation Freeze 2015", a program that rewards children
who demonstrate positive actions, positive behavior and show acts of kindness
toward others. OPP officers will be keeping a watchful eye for youngsters
carrying out good deeds in communities across the province; and when they catch
someone in an act of kindness, the 'thank you' which they will receive is in the
form of a free "ticket" for a "froster". Operation Freeze is a Positive
Ticketing Program that provides opportunities for OPP officers to interact with
young people while recognizing youth for doing good deeds. Officers can use the
coupons in a 'positive' way to establish a dialogue with children in their
patrol area and build relationships that will last for years to come. "Operation
Freeze" provides law enforcement with an additional tool to initiate
communication and reward our youth in a positive way", says Sean Sportun -
Manager, Loss Prevention & Security for Mac's in Central Canada. "Mac's strives
to be a leader in crime prevention and we are very excited about this yearly
initiative and the positive message it helps deliver."
HBC plans up to 25 Off 5th and seven Saks Fifth
Avenue stores in Canada
Sobeys buying 1.3M square foot Target Distribution
Center in Balzac, Calgary
Mastermind Toys to open 10 or 11 locations this
year - 75 stores by 2018 goal
Retail Fast Facts: May 2015
● Total monthly retail sales changed by 2.6 per cent over the comparable month
● Total sales excluding food, automotive and gasoline changed by 6.2 per cent
over the comparable month last year. Read
Man, 19, charged in daytime Shooting at Strip Mall in Toronto
A young man has been charged in connection to the death of a 23-year-old who was
killed in a strip mall shooting earlier this week. The victim was fatally
wounded in a shooting in front of Conrad's Hair Styling Barber Shop, located in
the Lawrence Avenue and Markham Road area, on Monday afternoon. He was later
identified as 23-year-old Mohamed Arif Patel. On Thursday, Toronto police said
they believe that Patel was in a fight with another man at the time of the
shooting. Syed Mohammed Ali Zaidi, 19, of Toronto was arrested on Wednesday.
Zaidi has been charged with second degree murder, careless use of a firearm,
possession of a weapon in a public place and carrying a concealed weapon.
Winnipeg Police arrest 3 Suspects in Pembina Highway Jewelry Store Armed Robbery
Winnipeg police have arrested three people in connection with an afternoon
jewelry-story heist on Tuesday. A shotgun-wielding man went into Winnipeg
Jewellers on Pembina Highway at about 4:30 p.m. and demanded the clerk hand over
the merchandise, police said in a news release Thursday. He then smashed the
display case and grabbed a large quantity of jewelry. The clerk physically tried
to stop the man, then remotely locked the door to the store. At that point, the
robber started to ransack the store, so the clerk decided to unlock the door and
let the man go.
Walmart iPad thefts prompt police to release suspect's photo RCMP in
southern Newfoundland released a photo on Wednesday of a man believed to have
stolen iPads from a department store in Marystown. Police told CBC News that
about $5,100 worth of tablets was reported stolen from the Walmart in Marystown.
The theft occurred on May 31.
Robbery suspect wearing cat mask sought by Ottawa police
Alleged Paris jewelry store robber sought by police
Two arrests made in Save Easy break and enter in Twillingate
Pair from Keswick arrested after Ajax drug store robbery
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