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Sobeys tries to put $49M software charge behind it. Year-end results for Sobeys Inc. utter a cautionary tale - technology does not always make a business more efficient. .... 28 Jun, 2001
Van Houtte Completes Another Acquisition in the US. Van Houtte Inc. today announced the acquisition of the office coffee service operations of US-based The Alexandria Group and Alexandria Coffee Services LLC. .... 20 Jun, 2001
Richtree Wins Arbitration Hearing Over Movenpick.
Richtree Inc. announced today that it had succeeded in winning the first of its legal disputes with Swiss-based master franchisor, Movenpick Holding, by having a Board of Arbitration rule completely in Richtree's favour in respect of the Company's U.S. Franchise Agreement. .... 20 Jun, 2001
Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Distribution to Unitholders. Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust (Royal Host) has declared its June 2001 distribution of $0.08 per unit payable July 31, 2001 to unitholders of record as of June 29, 2001. .... 8 Jun, 2001
Aldo gears up to go global. Shoe merchant Aldo Bensadoun, one of the few Canadian-based retailers to flourish south of the border, is gearing up for a major global expansion of his Aldo Group Inc. .... 7 Jun, 2001
Humpty's Releases First Quarter 2001 Results. Humpty's Restaurants International Inc. today released fiscal first quarter financial results for the 3 month period ending March 31, 2001. .... 30 May, 2001
Canadian Retailers to Explore the Changing Landscape of Retail. Seven hundred retailers from across the country will gather at Retail Council of Canada's 37th Annual Conference to explore the "New Game, New Rules" of the retail business. Delegates will gather at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building) on June 18 & 19, 2001 to learn from Canadian and U.S. industry leaders about ideas and strategies that are transforming the landscape of retail in Canada. .... 29 May, 2001
Travelodge Offers Families Summer Fun with Hasbro Games. Between May 28 and September 7, 2001, visitors who stay frequently at any Travelodge or Thriftlodge location in Canada will receive their choice of premium items offered through a partnership with Hasbro Canada games. .... 24 May, 2001
Retailers see dollar-store payoff. In an era of giant Wal-Marts, it's surprising to see dollar stores not only holding their own but flourishing. Like coffee shops, dollar stores seem to be sprouting on every corner. .... 19 May, 2001
My neighbours love to hate Starbucks. A Starbucks has moved into my gritty downtown Toronto neighbourhood, a scenario that reminds me of the Yuppie who wandered into the Bronx in Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities. .... 3 May, 2001
Cheap bean wins on Bay Street. There is only one flavour of coffee and the cappuccino is made from a powder mix, but Tim Hortons seems to be winning the coffee wars on Bay Street. .... 21 Apr, 2001
Booksellers ordered to sell stores. Canada's Competition Bureau has ruled Chapters Inc. and Indigo Books, Music & more Inc. must sell eight of their book superstores in Ontario - the majority of them in Toronto - and agree to refrain from opening new stores for two years, if their merger is to gain approval. .... 19 Apr, 2001
McDonald's workers unionize without fight. Workers at a McDonald's restaurant north of Montreal became unionized yesterday without the legal battle that has accompanied previous such efforts. .... 12 Apr, 2001
Jean Coutu profit beats forecasts. Jean Coutu Group Inc., Canada's second-largest drug store operator, said on Tuesday its third-quarter earnings climbed nearly 21 percent, beating analysts' forecasts, as sales at its U.S. stores and Canadian franchises grew 14 percent. .... 10 Apr, 2001
Would you like change with that coffee? Drive-through tipping: Bypassing change means chopping transaction time. .... 6 Apr, 2001
Expansion plan helps Forzani to improved earnings. An aggressive expansion plan helped The Forzani Group Ltd. to improved fourth-quarter earnings, the Canadian retailer said on Friday. .... 23 Mar, 2001

Travelodge Canada Appoints New Leader. Randy Royer, President of Royal Host Real Estate Investment Trust announced today the appointment of Ms. Dorothy Dowling to the position of President and COO of Travelodge Canada. .... 19 Mar, 2001
Big mac contained syringe tip, suit claims. In a complaint filed in a New York court, Robert Orr alleged the incident occurred when he stopped at a McDonald's in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Nov. 8, 1999, during a shopping trip with his daughter. .... 14 Mar, 2001
Town does not want fries with that.
Niagara-on-the-Lake fears McDonald's would 'change this community forever'. .... 9 Mar, 2001

Niagara-on-the-Lake residents have beef with McDonald's. Fast-food giant would 'change this community forever'. .... 9 Mar, 2001
Body Shop takes slow path to big-box stores. Body Shop Canada, the country's pioneer of socially conscious retailing, is making a strategic move into the big-box store format. .... 21 Feb, 2001
Krispy Kreme is a sweet success story - for now. Forget about Alan Greenspan, collapsing consumer confidence, the plight of the dollar, automotive woes, the Chapters saga and decimal trading on the New York Stock Exchange. It's time to talk about something Canadians really care about: doughnuts. .... 31 Jan, 2001
FRENCH immersion. Paul Delage Roberge set Quebec abuzz by pampering his patrons at upscale fashion retailer Les Ailes de la Mode. Will his sense of style translate in English Canada? .... 26 Jan, 2001
Franchise owners of Metro want to prevent sale of Quebec company to outsider. A former premier of Quebec has been enlisted to try to stop Metro Inc. from being sold to interests outside of the province. Pierre Marc Johnson, now a practicing lawyer, is one of seven people recruited for the board of the large food retailer to represent the interests of franchise store owners who are also shareholders. .... 10 Jan, 2001
A doughnut and a coffee. Roly Morris hopes to apply his Starbucks success in Canada to expanding the Krispy Kreme chain here, DANIEL McHARDIE writes. .... 8 Jan, 2001
Canadian stores outperform their southern rivals. Most will meet sales targets, some upside surprises. .... 5 Jan, 2001
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