TORONTO • It wouldn’t be out of line if those attending Loblaw Cos.’ annual general meeting of shareholders on Thursday departed with the belief that Galen Weston Jr. is getting business strategy insights from ParticipACTION.
Fresh off closing the grocery retailer’s $12.4-billion acquisition of pharmacy chain Shoppers Drug Mart, the retailer’s executive chairman spent a substantial part of the event outlining the merged retailers’ futures as destinations aimed at making people healthier.
TORONTO • Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is committed to staying in Bangladesh and will work to improve worker safety standards after a garment factory at which Joe Fresh clothing was made collapsed last week, executive chairman Galen G. Weston said Thursday.
TORONTO — Loblaw Ltd. is starting to think a lot more like Shoppers Drug Mart, and vice versa.
A year after Canada’s biggest grocer swallowed Canada’s biggest pharmacy chain, health and nutrition is becoming an increasing focus for the food purveyor, which will soon begin to “reward” members of its PC Plus program for eating healthy food.
In the meantime, Shoppers’ Optimum loyalty is going digital and will begin to resemble PC Plus by sending targeted offers to customers based on the goods they typically buy.
TORONTO — Canada’s largest supermarket chain has big plans for expansion this year, as it increases its footprint in the competitive grocery market.
Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) says it will build 50 new stores and renovate or improve more than 100 existing stores in 2015. The additions will be across the country, and Loblaw’s estimates it will create about 5,000 jobs at its corporate and independently-owned stores.
Loblaw Co. Ltd promises that within three and a half years microbeads and two potentially harmful chemicals will be eliminated from its cosmetic and household products — a move that environmentalists say has the company compensating for the federal government’s regulatory shortfalls.
The chain, owner of various grocery and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across the country, announced Thursday that it aims to remove triclosan and phthalates, along with microbeads, from all of its Life Brand and President’s Choice products by the end of 2018.
Loblaw Cos. Ltd. had made renewed commitments to compensate the victims of a factory collapse in Bangladesh where its Joe Fresh garments were made.
Canada’s biggest grocery chain made the announcement on the six-month anniversary of the disaster, which killed more than 1,100 and injured 2,500.
“Loblaw will begin providing long-term, direct financial compensation for the victims and their families that were producing our apparel at the New Wave Style factory in Rana Plaza, in 2014,” said Loblaw spokesman Bob Chant.
TORONTO – Canadian fashion brand Joe Fresh is entering the Philippine retail scene next year, working with a local partner to open free-standing stores.
Joe Fresh owner Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is working with the SSI Group, a publicly traded specialty retailer in the Philippines, according to a disclosure Thursday to the Philippine Stock Exchange.
The Canadian brand is adding to the extensive line of international brands — such as H&M, Forever 21 and Payless ShoeSource — that have recently flooded the Philippines.
TORONTO – On a recent evening shopping trip to Shoppers Drug Mart, it looked as though Jennifer McGinnis’s basket of goods would top $50, but the items in it might surprise you: a Chinese BBQ-style pork sirloin roast; fresh-baked baguette and goat’s brie; a clamshell-packaged salad with arugula and dressing; and a litre of iced tea. Not a bottle of shampoo or vitamins in sight.
TORONTO — Loblaw Cos. Ltd. is the country’s biggest grocery and drugstore chain, makes the No. 1 house brand in President’s Choice, and created a top-selling apparel brand in Joe Fresh.
Now it’s aiming to be your favourite restaurant.
Time-pressed customers of quick-serve and casual dining establishments are just who Canada’s biggest grocer wants to woo with its new selection of freshly made take-home meals, such as truffle mushroom lasagna and turkey spinach meatballs.