Montreal-area chain stores close, reduce hours to slow spread of coronavirus

The spread of the novel coronavirus across Canada has prompted the directors of certain large chain stores to close their establishments for an indefinite period.Other stores have reduced hours, and some have reported no change at the moment.Some stores that have closedApple Birks Hudson’s Bay IKEA Simons Reitmans (including Penningtons, Addition Elle) Employees who were scheduled to work will...

Register to force referendum on rezoning C.D.N. land gets only 2 signatures

Borough Mayor Sue Montgomery and her Projet Montréal party majority on the borough council objected to the Bates Gardens four-storey condo project. Pierre Obendrauf / The Gazette A housing developer in Côte-des-Neiges has lost its bid to prevent the borough from rezoning the land it owns to industrial and commercial to block its project.A register that the developer, Bates Gardens Limited...

Black Friday in Montreal a mix of long lineups, anti-consumerism protests

Shoppers who had gathered at downtown Montreal’s Best Buy store on Ste-Catherine St. to stake out a pre-dawn spot prior to the Black Friday buying binge were greeted by protesters denouncing society’s excessive consumerism.Demonstrators representing the group Extinction Rebellion stated their case with a bullhorn before peacefully demonstrating in the store. A video posted by the group...

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...

Update: CN, union reach tentative deal to end strike Wednesday morning

Teamsters Canada said in a statement on Tuesday a tentative agreement had been reached with Canadian National Railway Co. to end an eight-day strike that has severed supply chains across the country.The union says the agreement must first be ratified by union members, but normal operations at CN will resume Wednesday at 6 a.m. across Canada.The union had previously said progress had been made in...

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...