Today's retail news from around the web: June 27, 2014

Top Stories: Canada

-Wal-Mart violated Quebec’s labour code by closing store after worker unionization attempt, court rules [Financial Post]

-Zara founder pays $255million for the 270k sq ft retail/office component of 150 Bloor St. W. in Toronto (housing Louis Vuitton and Tiffany & Co.) [Financial Post]

-Where Sobeys, Safeway and IGA stores are closing across Canada [Globe & Mail]

-Update on Sobeys closing 50+ Canadian stores. [Globe & Mail]

-No plans for Ikea Canada wage hike after U.S. stores adopt cost-of-living policy. [Business In Vancouver]

-Customers are now embracing Indigo books' home decore and gifts (and it still sells books, for now) [Financial Post] 

-Vancouver-based Herschel backpacks becomes a global brand in 5 years. [Vancouver Sun]


Canadian News: Region-by-Region

-Strange: Vancouver's prestigious FREYWILLE boutique (one of only 3 in North America) is repeatedly vandalized (and not robbed) by blowtorch vandal on a bicycle. [Vancouver Sun]

-Montreal-based activewear retailer KSL to open in Banff, Alberta. [Calgary Herald]

-Sobeys will close two Downtown Toronto stores. [Toronto Star]

-Landlord is seeking a grocery tenant to replace Downtown Edmonton's Sobeys, slated to close. [Edmonton Journal]

-Prince Albert, Saskatchewan Sobeys to close in September, will lay off 70 staff. []

-Winnipeg shoppers not happy with Sobeys store closures [CBC]

-What do Nova Scotians buy at the liquor store? (cider & craft beer up, wine is down) [Cape Breton Post]


*Top photo: Callison Architecture


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