Chuck Varabioff

Big Tobacco and mini marts take on the pot bill

At hearings in Ottawa, some heated words over how the government should handle the packaging and branding of pot
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Why Canada’s fetish for big U.S. brands is fading

The arrival of the Cheesecake Factory in Canada saw none of the hype once afforded to U.S. chains that entered the country

What happens when shopping’s sense of plenty turns out to be fake?

Lessons from Bed, Bath & Beyond’s ’towel-gate’
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Tiny shops and boutiques get an online lifeline

Small retailers at risk of getting crushed by Internet giants like Amazon turn to a Canadian start-up
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Waiting for Target: Canadian retailers retrench

Retail companies brace for the U.S. juggernaut to set up shop north of the border
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Going Green for selfish reasons

Big retail is suddenly hugging trees. Partly to look good, but also to save piles of cash.