Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Commercial Sector Developments across the Northwest for 2018

A quick reference guide to the Commercial sector of the North Coast economy, items of note on store openings and closings, planned developments, commercial taxation and such.

Below are some links to Business resources on the North Coast

Love Prince Rupert Business listings

The Archive for our monthly synopsis of the commercial scene on the North Coast, Taking Stock can be found here.

The Overall archive for 2018, featuring items and notes from across the Northwest can be found below:


December 24 -- CityWest wraps up its Twelve Days of Christmas with a Grand Prize Delivery  NCR
December 22 -- Terrace RCMP issue warning on fraudulent cheques  NCR
December 21 -- Quadra Travel gains December honours from Northern Savings  NCR
December 21 -- Prince Rupert, a city awash in Sushi!  NCR
December 17 -- Residents hoard water as Prince Rupert's Safeway restocks its shelves
December 17 -- Prince Rupert tops the list for the cost of Cannabis licensing for across the Northwest  NCR
December 11 -- Government to commission independent review of liquor distribution system
December 11 -- Prince Rupert draws its line for cannabis business
December 10 -- Council to host public hearing on cannabis sales zone
December 10 -- City's Cannabis retail plans head to the home stretch with tonight's council session  NCR
December 10 -- Chamber of Commerce opens the nomination process for 2018/2019 Business Excellence Awards  NCR
December 6 -- CityWest's Twelve Days of Christmas may have something under the tree for you  NCR
December 4 -- Prince Rupert's Shutter Shack Closing (video)

Rest of Northwest BC

December 21 -- Construction underway on new Skidegate Co-op
December 20 -- RCMP warns Terrace businesses of stolen cheques circulating
December 19 -- New Skeena Bar opens in Terrace
December 12 -- Sparse public response on Terrace's first cannabis store
December 12 -- Sullivan Motor Products and Finning work together to alleviate hunger in Houston
December 11 -- If at first your sign does not succeed
December 11 -- Entrepreneurs in Northern BC seeking relief from impending employer's health tax
December 11 -- No public concerns issued over cannabis store in Terrace during open hearing
December 11 -- Terrace Council considering downtown security assistance program
December 7 -- Dollar Store Drive Through
December 7 -- Terrace Council holding public hearing regarding proposed cannabis store
December 7 -- Terrace one step closer to first pot shop
December 4 -- Safeway and Starbucks random acts of kindness
December 2 -- RDKS says process for licencing rural cannabis retailers will take time
December 1 -- Witset creates development corporation


November 30 -- End of an era for Shutter Shack as local business makes plans to close operations  NCR
November 30 -- Rupert Square Mall closed to cannabis
November 29 -- Fukasaku Fishery Day (video)
November 26 -- Council votes to expand proposed retail cannabis zone in Prince Rupert
November 23 -- Over 25 participants lined up for Plaid Friday today at the North Coast Convention Centre  NCR
November 21 -- Prince Rupert taxi services not worries about ride-hailing services
November 21 -- After 30 years Metlakatla Development Corporation releases economic impact report
November 21 -- Metlakatla First Nation study highlights impact of investments on North Coast economy and industry  NCR
November 19 -- Sobeys chain marketing roll out continues across Northwest BC NCR
November 15 -- Love Prince Rupert takes the battle with online shopping to a local Trade Show  NCR
November 14 -- Up to 20 cannabis stores possible in Prince Rupert
November 14 -- Rupert Pot meeting (video)
November 13 -- Cannabis retail coming soon to Prince Rupert
November 13 -- City of Prince Rupert seeks community feedback on cannabis plans at consultation session tonight at Coast Mountain College  NCR

Rest of Northwest BC

November 30 -- Smithers businesses kick off festival of trees
November 30 -- CIBC to close its branch in Fraser Lake next year
November 28 -- 'We don't matter in their eyes:' Fraser Lake Mayor on Bank Closure
November 27 -- Tyhee Market applies to sell alcohol
November 27 -- Bulkley Valley chocolate for the Christmas season
November 22 -- Local store gets rid of all plastic bags
November 19 -- BC Liquor Stores launch annual Share-a-Bear program
November 15 -- Juniper Health and Fitness Christmas shopping for a good cause
November 14 -- Bulkley Valley's golden entrepreneurs
November 14 --  Licensing for retail cannabis moves forward at Smithers Town council
November 14 -- Sign controversy strikes Terrace once more
November 14 -- New hotel takes another step towards completion in Terrace
November 8 -- Fundraisers launched after fire claims Grassy Plains Store
November 7 -- Fire destroys Grassy Plains store
November 2 -- Skeena Mall celebrates 40 years in Terrace


October 27 -- Annunciation School students put on their business hats
October 25 -- Part 3: Death of Retail - What are we doing about it?
October 18 -- Northern Savings Celebrates Credit Union Day with donation program for local organizations  NCR
October 18 -- Part 2 Online shopping, taxes and labour pressure on Rupert's retail
October 17 -- Northern Savings buys old Dairy Queen building in downtown Rupert
October 17 -- Cannabis is legal, what does that mean in Prince Rupert
October 17 -- Northern Savings buys old Dairy Queen building
October 17 -- One down, dozens to go! As Northern Savings purchases Dairy Queen building on McBride  NCR
October 17 -- Not quite the wild west of pot smoking; as cannabis legislation arrives, there are still some rules to follow NCR
October 16 -- Postal Service on countdown towards possible job action next week  NCR
October 16 -- Rupert Lawn and Garden recognized by BC government at start of Small Business week  NCR
October 12 -- Chamber making plans for Fall Gala, with the Grand Ball the theme for this year  NCR
October 11 -- Part 1 Death of Retail in Prince Rupert
October 11 -- Prince Rupert gets rolling on pot zoning bylaw
October 11 -- No short cuts when it comes to City Council's Cannabis Road Map  NCR
October 10 -- Council tends to weed business growth in Prince Rupert
October 10 -- Wheelhouse Brewing Company up for Growlie Award  NCR
October 9 -- Prince Rupert Businesses do the Cow Bay Shuffle  NCR
October 9 -- Council to outline plans towards zoning for Cannabis retail opportunities in Prince Rupert  NCR

Remainder of NorthWest BC

October 31 -- Modernizing Houston One Business at a time
October 30 -- 'Love Terrace' sign to be relocated
October 23 -- Love Terrace sign a victim of City bylaws
October 17 -- Bulkley Valley Pot Laws
October 17 -- Local business waiting for town to 'hash' out details so they can set up shop
October 17 -- Smithers Business waiting for town to 'hash' out details so they can set up shop
October 16 -- West Point Rentals wins Business of the Year Award
October 12 -- Free seminars to boost your small business
October 11 -- A 'glamping' hotspot in Tlell?
October 10 -- Smithers Town Council moving slowly on creating a public policy for cannabis retail and use
October 10 -- Terrace sets cannabis licensing fee at $1.500
October 10 -- Smithers Brewing Company nominated for 2018 Craft Beer Awards
October 5 -- Thrive North announces winners of 4th Annual Business Challenge competition
October 7 -- Local business wins peoples choice award at Thrive North Business Challenge
October 3 -- 'Bylaws and rules need to be simplified to help local businesses;' Smithers Mayoral candidate Randy Bell
October 2 -- Free fibre-optic internet connections starting soon


September 28 -- City Council's work on marijuana issues for Prince Rupert to resume in October  NCR
September 27 -- October heralds changes for Northern View  NCR
September 26 -- CityWest to provide for Northwest Civic Debate coverage  NCR
September 23 -- BC Ale Trail adds Northern Trail to its repertoire
September 23 -- Open market connects Rupert vendors with tourists
September 21 -- As cruise season winds down, Prince Rupert prepares for an outdoor market  NCR
September 20 -- Outdoor market takes a test drive this Saturday
September 18 -- Prince Rupert delivers in annual BC Thanksgiving Day Food Drive  NCR
September 14 -- Zikhara Yoga the latest local business to be recognized in Northern Savings Business of the Month program  NCR
September 14 -- Food Bank Drive Saturday offers chance to help Salvation Army Thanksgiving plans and stock the shelves for fall  NCR
September 11 -- Popular Prince Rupert eatery CARGO heads for final shift this Saturday  NCR
September 10 -- Trading Coast Conference to offer business info and networking opportunities  NCR
September 7 -- Northern Savings looks for new leadership at top position  NCR
September 6 -- Fourth CEO in three years leaves Northern Savings
September 6 -- CityWest outlines plans for CIHL Community TV broadcasts for 2018-19 season NCR
September 5 -- Wheelhouse looks to claim the title for Best Tasting Room Design for 2018  NCR
September 5 -- Terrace edges out Prince Rupert when it comes to Chances revenues in most recent gaming review  NCR
September 4 -- Waterfront visual makes for 2019 CityWest Phone Book Cover  NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC

September 28 -- Smithers Breweries aded to the BC ale map
September 27 -- BC Liquor store customers donate more than !159,000 to wildfire relief efforts
September 21 -- More Young entrepreneurs bodes well for societal health: UNBC lecturer
September 20 -- Kitimat Pet Sale Ban plan defeated (video)
September 17 -- Co-op spirit drives Smithers Home Hardware success
September 17 -- Universal Helicopters purchases Lakelse Air
September 11 -- Nominations sought for Terrace business excellence awards
September 10 -- Smithers business swindled in BC Hydro Scam
September 8 -- Subway lends a hand
September 7 -- Telkwa Council looks into retail cannabis
September 4 -- Ketchikan SBDC expands local position to include 'Blue Economy'
September 2 -- Office space for all
September 1 -- Kitimat shoppers give again
September 1 -- Unique program monitors fish waste
September 1 -- The Thanksgiving Food Drive needs YOUR help


August 31 -- Return of Redesign Rupert heralds Phase Two Plans NCR
August 31 -- Days dwindling to cast your vote on CityWest Phone Book Cover options  NCR
August 30 -- One year after city takeover, Prince Rupert airport speeds up services
August 29 -- Prince Rupert Pop Up Street Fair (video)
August 29 -- Stringent seafood labelling system at North Coast fish plant
August 27 -- Rupert Revitalization (video)
August 26 -- Downtown pop up market in Prince Rupert
August 24 -- Rupert redesign moves to second phase
August 23 -- How Tsimshian chef Carl Clifton is decolonizing fine dining  (audio)
August 17 -- North Coast Innovation Lab looks to share latest notes on community projects next Wednesday at Coast Mountain College event  NCR
August 17 -- Fraser Street set to host annual Block Party next weekend  NCR
August 16 -- Day of fun to "Pop Up" on 3rd Weston August 24th  NCR
August 16 -- Submission deadline fast approaching for CityWest Phone Book Cover photos NCR
August 14 -- Social Media workshop set for Wednesday in Prince Rupert  NCR
August 10 -- Tax Breaks for Smithers Businesses that offer housing  (video)
August 10 -- A Beer Sampler's version of heaven arrives at Seal Cove tonight  NCR
August 3 -- Former Anchor Inn to  be home to 46 low income units 

Remainder of Northwest/BC

August 31 -- Explosions, inferno level Terrace trucking shop
August 31 -- Loud bangs precede large fire at trucking company in Terrace
August 30 -- Downtown Design program for Terrace (video)
August 28 -- Terrace Council takes another step towards downtown action plan
August 28 -- Terrace restauranteurs in Smithers have banded together to address a staffing issue in town
August 23 -- Late-night donation drops and rummaging too much to handle
August 21 -- Co-op lot back on the market
August 19 -- Smithers Paul's Bakery celebrates its 60th anniversary
August 14 -- Cannabis regulation takes over Terrace City Council meeting (video)
August 10 -- Tax breaks for Smithers businesses that offer housing (video)
August 2 -- Elephant's Ear cafe closing mid-August


July 23 -- Pokemon Go still going strong in Prince Rupert (audio)
July 20 -- Two SE Alaska businesses are finalists for P2P competition
July 20 -- Bear Creek continues $14.5M civil suit with Brucjack Mine owner
July 17 -- Wheelhouse marks the spot for the North Coast end of the BC Ale Trail for Northern British Columbia  NCR
July 16 -- Taking Thai off Prince Rupert's dining menus NCR
July 16 -- Measuring how much access Prince Rupertites have to seafood  (audio)
July 6 -- Ecotrust Canada consultation on public fish market set for Cow Bay Day  NCR
July 6 -- Wheelhouse Expansion plans start with Liquor Board call for comments  NCR
July 5 -- All paths lead to Cow Bay Days this Saturday NCR
July 4 -- Chamber makes plans for Third Annual Beans N Jeans Golf tourney  NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC

July 30 -- Former Sears manager in Terrace fills void left by store's departure
July 30 -- Exploring the Great Northwest Yarn Crawl (audio)
July 27 -- Department store in Terrace relaunches under new name after nationwide Sears closures (audio)
July 23 -- Smithers downtown residential tax break passed
July 20 -- 8th Annual Tastes of Terrace Sells Out
July 19 -- Big Scoop! Frozen North returns
July 17 -- Back in business: former Sears franchisees go it alone
July 17 -- Something ends, something begins
July 14 -- BC Ale Trail comes North
July 10 -- Terrace Tim Horton's construction to go ahead
July 4 -- Smithers Brewing company grand opening


Prince Rupert

June 22 -- Northern Savings bank cards changeover today  NCR
June 14 -- City Furniture wins award for helping turn houses into homes
June 8 -- Eat local campaign visits Prince Rupert

Remainder of Northwest/BC

June 26 -- First look at new vision for downtown Terrace
June 13 -- Craft beer drinkers rejoice: another brewery is coming to town


Prince Rupert

May 24 -- Northern Savings Inspire Bursary program now accepting applications  NCR
May 22 -- Local Businesses find success for redesign in Northern BC Building awards  NCR
May 17 -- Prince Rupert Business walk (video)
May 17 -- Third Annual Prince Rupert Business walk explores how owners are doing city wide
May 17 -- Business Walk returns to gauge business climate in Prince Rupert
May 16 -- Hiring pressures and employee retention the focus of study presented to City Council  NCR
May 6 -- City lauches business development website
May 3 -- British Columbia's Small Business Task Force to make one stop in Northwest BC  NCR
May 1 -- Back in business, Dolly's reopens its doors following Fire renovations  NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC

May  31 -- Terrace Downtown improvement area society's new Program director (video)
May 12 -- Helping a fitness trainer reach her goal
May 10 -- Posters offered to Ketchikan businesses that offer sign language


Prince Rupert

April 30 -- Dolly's Fish market reopens after fire
April 25 -- Small Business Committee Report finds common ground with many City Council initiatives  NCR
April 24 -- Small business plan submitted to Prince Rupert Council
April 24 -- Prince Rupert Small Business report (video)
April 23 -- City's Small Business Advisory Committee to deliver report to Council NCR
April 20 -- Planning a road trip this weekend? Your fuel options are more, more, more and more ....  NCR
April 18 -- Home Renovation Expo part of Northern Savings plans for May AGM NCR
April 13 -- Your Friday Fuel up will offer many pricing options  NCR
April 12 -- With departure of long time employee Bill Nicholls, Northern Savings searching for a new VP of finance  NCR
April 11 -- National Aboriginal Business Conference underway in Prince Rupert  NCR
April 6 -- Attention Argosy Shoppers!!! Do Not Be Alarmed ... that mannequin did  move  NCR
April 4 -- City of Prince Rupert seeks applicants for Airport Authority Board, Business Advisory Council  NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC

April 27 -- Ketchikan Chamber honours individuals and businesses
April 24 -- Tim Horton's renos do not fix drive thru concerns in Terrace


Prince Rupert

March 30 -- Presidents Chamber address reviews past year of work and opportunities for the future  NCR
March 26 -- Yet another empty space appears along Third Avenue corridor, with departure of Andhielahang's Piony store  NCR
March 19 -- Blair Mirau claims spot in BC Business 30 under 30 listings  NCR
March 7 -- Observations on state of downtown and business climate spur online discussions  NCR
March 6 -- Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce saluted the Business Class of 2018 with awards show presentations  NCR
March 5 -- Prince Rupert's parade of store closures continues into March, with Little Anchors set to shut down operations  NCR
March 5 -- Social innovation the theme for Eco Trust's Prince Rupert presentation March 8th at NWCC   NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC

March 20 -- Terrace Interiors Ltd. to close after 56 years
March 8 -- Terrace planning puts focus on downtown (video)
March 6 -- New Skidegate Co-Op is a go


Prince Rupert

February 28 -- Metlakatla considers the case for cannabis
February 28 -- Metlaktatla Cannabis plans (video)
February 22 -- Rupert businesses respond to B.C.'s increasing minimum wage
February 20 -- Northern Savings makes front office move in Business Service Office  NCR
February 14 -- Sub Sea Fibre project gets shout out in BC Speech From the Throne  NCR
February 19 -- Weekend B & E at Prince Rupert liquor store
February 19 -- Break-in at Prince Rupert BC Liquor Store
February 8 -- City West launches community newsletter; invites residents to Fibre launch party Friday NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC

February 22 -- Haida Gwaii joins in on the LOVE fest   NCR
February 15 -- Masset seeks imput on future marijuana businesses
February 6 -- Vancouver Safeway Closures sideswipes labour negotiations with UFCW, sending union to the BC Labour Board  NCR


Prince Rupert

January 29 -- End of January brings latest store closure for downtown Prince Rupert  NCR
January 26 -- The Friendship House Terrace-Prince Rupert connector hits the highway  NCR
January 26 -- Chamber Award Finalists are announced; voting now underway  NCR
January 24 -- Cowpuccino's broken into overnight
January 24 -- Have Beer, will travel: Two Northwest brewers head east for Prince George's AleFest  NCR
January 22 -- Prince Rupert "Safe Place" Program could become blue print for communities province wide NCR
January 18 -- CityWest outlines the blue print for Sub Sea fibre plans  NCR
January 17 -- Roy Henry Vickers to join the Board of Directors for CityWest  NCR
January 17 -- CityWest to received share of Federal/Provincial funding for improved Internet services  NCR
January 11 -- A taste of North Coast life
January 11 -- North Coast diners take the city's options for a "taste drive'" over thirty days  NCR
January 10 -- Acklands-Grainger to close after 53 years in Prince Rupert
January10 -- Prince Rupert's Acklands-Grainger location begins process of shutting down  NCR
January 9 -- Friendship House looks to continue legacy of Pioneer Inn in Prince Rupert  NCR

Remainder of Northwest/BC 

January 19 -- Electrical fire at Smithers Boston Pizza Friday Evening
January 18 -- Popular Highway 16 gas station gets a new name
January 18 -- Moricetown Esso gas bar has  a new name
January 18 -- Terrace Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue
January 17 -- Subsea internet cable to link up Haida Gwaii
January 17 -- High-speed internet coming to over 100 coastal B.C. communities
January 17 -- Funding to bring high speed internet to coastal/First Nations communities
January 17 -- Northwest economy remains uncertain
January 17 -- Houston-Smithers Rebroadcasting Society to bring New TV channels to Houston
January 17 -- New store coming to Houston
January 11 -- Days numbered for dreary downtown camopy in Terrace
January 10 -- Terrace wants its share of Cannibis Revenues
January 10 -- Local Smithers Business Mountain Eagle Books is for Sale

Archive of items from 2017 can be found here
Archive of items from 2016 can be found here

Archive of items from 2015 can be found here
Archive of items from 2014 can be found here

Archive of items from 2012 and 2013 can be found here

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