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Near Toronto, ethnic grocers duke it out

Foody Mart, Oriental and T&T fight for advantages through city hall

In the town of Markham, a suburb north of Toronto, Chinese Canadians have found a home. Thirty-six per cent of the population identifies itself as Chinese. Serving these consumers is a handful of ethnic supermarket chains.

Now three of these grocers–Foody Mart, Oriental Food Mart and Loblaw-owned T&T–find themselves in a tight fight over which is allowed to open on statutory holidays.

Thanks to lobbying efforts, several of their stores have won the right to open on holidays. But accusations are flying back and forth. And Markham's mayor can't figure out why any supermarket can become a tourist attraction.

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