Black Friday: Montreal retailers resent customers who try it on for size then buy online

Benoit Séguin has seen the power of e-commerce firsthand — and he’s not amused.In his 15-year career at l’Artiste du patin, the Brossard skate store that he now manages, Séguin has served a range of customers that includes amateur figure skaters and pro hockey referees. Some of his more recent encounters have been downright frustrating.“I’ve had customers come in, ask me all sorts of...

Brownstein: PVM is joining the battle for your tummy

A battle is being waged to win the hearts and tummies of noshers downtown.What had been deemed to be a downtown culinary graveyard could soon become an epicurean hot spot. On the heels of the launch of Time Out Market two weeks ago in the Eaton Centre comes word that Le Cathcart food court will open in late January not far away in the refurbished Esplanade Place Ville Marie.Whereas Time Out...

Montreal’s Café Bonjour Hi now greeting customers

Montreal, say “bonjour hi” to Café Bonjour Hi.The name is all in good fun, according to owner and chef Dave Plant, who didn’t mean to find himself caught up in our province’s latest language debate.Easier said than done. Opened just last week, the St-Denis St. hangout has been on the receiving end of alternating one-star and five-star reviews — mostly the latter — on Google for more...

CN strike: Farmers’ union to protest Monday outside Trudeau’s Montreal office

A convoy of tractors driven by farmers from south of the city drove to Canadian National headquarters in Montreal Friday November 22, 2019 to emphasize the difficulty a propane shortage caused by a strike by CN workers could be for the agricultural sector in the province. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette Unsatisfied by the reaction of the federal government to the strike crippling Canadian...

Brownstein: Santa skips Ste-Catherine St., leaving merchants less jolly

James Gaspar used to love the holiday season. On occasion, he would even bring out his inner Burl Ives (ask your grandparents) and start crooning: “Have a holly, jolly Christmas … It’s the best time of the year.”“Not so holly, jolly this year,” a shrugging Gaspar mutters.That has a lot to do with the fact business is down at his iconic Ste-Catherine St. burger house, Mr. Steer, and...

Cannabis: SQDC to open a Pointe-Claire location by end of March

Cannabis is coming to Pointe-Claire. The SQDC has signed a lease and will open a store at 1866 Sources Blvd. — onetime home to the bar Bourbon Street West — by the end of March.The outlet will bring the number of Montreal area stores to five, including current locations on Ste-Catherine St., St-Hubert St., de l’Acadie Blvd. and Queen Mary Rd.The new shop will offer the same products as all...

As propane shortage worsens, Quebec farmers push for end to CN strike

Frustrated farmers from the Montérégie region formed a convoy of more than a dozen tractors and drove into downtown Montreal on Friday afternoon, calling for authorities to find a way to resume propane shipments that have been cut off since Tuesday by the Canadian National Railway strike.Starting with a protest outside the offices of Brenda Shanahan, Liberal MP for Châteauguay—Lacolle, the...

Fonds FTQ hits funding goal early, stops lump-sum contributions

Fonds de solidarité FTQ president and CEO Gaétan Morin. Quebec labour-sponsored fund Fonds de solidarité FTQ is halting lump-sum contributions after reaching its full-year funding goal with more than six months to spare.The decision takes effect now until May 31, when the fiscal year ends, according to a statement issued Thursday by the Montreal-based fund. Contributions from shareholders...