Canadian Grocer's top 10 stories in August 2018

A quick look at the hot topics our readers were most fascinated by

Executive changes at two food companies, and store openings in Toronto and Richmond, B.C., make the list of the most-read stories at

Costco opens midtown Toronto store
Costco Canada opened a 65,802-sq.-ft. store in the city's Thorncliffe Park neighbourhood. It sells approximately 3,500 items and features the usual array of specialty departments including an on-site bakery, fresh meat and produce.
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Fresh City Farms set to open new Toronto store
What started as an online-only grocery service is evolving into a bricks-and-mortar business, too, with two physical locations in the city's west end. Its second, and newest location is a 2,000-sq.-ft. store on Ossington Avenue that carries around 1,000 products including organic and local produce.
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Tougher decisions to come as trade war drags on
Industry leaders weigh in on the low-grade trade war between the U.S. and Canada and the impact it could have on grocery retailers.
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What’s driving grocery store visits? Price, perishables, product assortment
A new study out of the U.S. finds consumers still choose brick-and-mortar stores over online shopping, and breaks down what shoppers are looking for from a grocery retailer.
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T&T unveils flagship store in Richmond
The Loblaw-owned Asian grocery store chain opened its 26th store (and the largest in its network) to a huge crowd Aug. 16. The 70,000-sq.-ft. store has a seafood bar, a Starbucks coffee shop and 14 self-serve checkouts, among other features.
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Calgary Co-op stores to sell cannabis products
When recreational cannabis use becomes legal in Canada next month, the chain will sell up to 300 products including bongs and vaporizers.
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Costco opens its 100th warehouse in Canada
The membership-only chain added to its store count with a 149,000-sq.-ft. space down the road from the Edmonton National Airport.
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Maple Leaf Foods COO to retire
After 40 years with the compnay, Gary Maksymetz is retiring at the end of September. Curtis Frank is replacing him.
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Coke looks to water machines as new cash stream
The soda maker is testing a water dispenser at Georgia Tech that allows people to fill reusable water bottles for free, but also add bubbles or a flavour for a small fee.
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McCain Foods appoints new president of Canadian division
Danielle Barran will lead the frozen food giant's Canadian business through the “next stage of strategic development.”
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