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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBee View Post
    I think we go unaffected by the Calgary situation regardless its outcome.

    Vancouver is plenty strong enough to keep the operation viable North of the border. Whole Foods is more about margin than mass.
    except it's not just about individual strong stores. in the grocery business it's more about distribution and supply chain management than individual stores. a strong store might help carry a weaker one in the same market as they will both share some of those costs - and others such as advertising and staff training - but a strong store in a different location won't carry a completely different market even if you were prepared to sacrifice it's strong performance for little or no gain elsewhere.
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    Maybe they finally realized there are two Superstores, two Walmarts, a Save On, and a T&T within about a mile of there and not very many yuppies living east or west.

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    Noticed they had a sign in one of the large pylon signs along Gateway blvd with the Whole Foods logo on it and "coming soon" written beneath.

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    Yeah that's been there for a long time. Doesn't look like it's going to happen soon, if at all. I believe they cancelled their planned Calgary opening due to economic factors (ie, people don't spend money on luxury foods during a recession)
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    ^ah k, was the first time i noticed it, so was unsure if it's been there a while or if it was new. Thanks

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    There were some rumours that Whole Foods might eventually open up in the Ice District, but I'm not sure how much truth is/was behind that.
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    I noticed that the Whole Foods Opening Soon sign has been removed. Very disappointing. I hope that they still open in the future.

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    Dead project is dead. Went to the one in Victoria a few days ago, wasn't too bad inside. Would have been great to have one here, especially given the issues at P.O.

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    Confirmed - Whole Foods Market expansion cancelled in Alberta
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgar...nton-1.3927829
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    Big whoop.

    Canada isn't really missing out on much.
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    There's a reason it's called "Whole Paycheck" by folks who look beyond branding and greenwashed products to actual value.
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    Thing is, all your majors, WalMart, Superstore, Sobeys, Save-on, all carry organic product these days. From what I've seen, these specialty organic stores like Whole Foods routinely charge an arm and a leg for their goods. Major miscalculation by them opening up in a tight economy area. Although they probably made their projections pre-downturn.

    That's a nice-looking conversion job that was done on the previous Canadian Tire store on Calgary Trail, though. Wonder who'll be moving into there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    That's a nice-looking conversion job that was done on the previous Canadian Tire store on Calgary Trail, though. Wonder who'll be moving into there.
    There is rumour that an Asian grocer (Lucky 97) is planning to open at that location.

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    The T&T is sooo busy just to the south of there. Lucky Supermarket could do good right next to it. At least there is a larger parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    Thing is, all your majors, WalMart, Superstore, Sobeys, Save-on, all carry organic product these days. From what I've seen, these specialty organic stores like Whole Foods routinely charge an arm and a leg for their goods. Major miscalculation by them opening up in a tight economy area. Although they probably made their projections pre-downturn.

    That's a nice-looking conversion job that was done on the previous Canadian Tire store on Calgary Trail, though. Wonder who'll be moving into there.
    Organic is not the same as Heart Healthy. Few heart healthy food "products" available in Edmonton that do not contain sodium, cholesterol or trans fats. Superstore "Blue Menu" line is a step in the right direction but does not have a wide enough selection and waffles in allowing any sodium. Whole Foods carry lots of "products" like that - but the organic stores in Edmonton don't and in fact have aisles of unhealthy food - labelled "organic" as made without pesticides etc. but chock full of sodium, cholesterol and trans fats. As someone who looks to buy heart healthy products I buy them on-line which is not convenient as I have to order from several places and hope I am around on delivery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chinpokomon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    That's a nice-looking conversion job that was done on the previous Canadian Tire store on Calgary Trail, though. Wonder who'll be moving into there.
    There is rumour that an Asian grocer (Lucky 97) is planning to open at that location.
    Where did you hear this rumour? I go to Lucky 97 all the time! I'd love to have one closer south

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosepass2 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chinpokomon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    That's a nice-looking conversion job that was done on the previous Canadian Tire store on Calgary Trail, though. Wonder who'll be moving into there.
    There is rumour that an Asian grocer (Lucky 97) is planning to open at that location.
    Where did you hear this rumour? I go to Lucky 97 all the time! I'd love to have one closer south
    It is H Mart.

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    H Mart (Korean: H 마트 or 한아름 마트; Chinese: 韓亞龍) is an American supermarket chain operated by the Hanahreum Group headquartered in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. The chain, with locations throughout the United States, Canada, and London, specializes in providing Asian foods. The chain also operates several Super H Mart stores.

    H Mart will give some relief to the super busy T&T practically next door
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    ^ Is there a timeframe to the opening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nosepass2 View Post
    ^ Is there a timeframe to the opening?
    To properly answer that question - one would have to be confirmed with an official announcment that is opening. So to answer your question with the facts that we know would be - NO - there is NO timeframe to opening due to the fact that there is no announcment. Crystal clear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maclac View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nosepass2 View Post
    ^ Is there a timeframe to the opening?
    To properly answer that question - one would have to be confirmed with an official announcment that is opening. So to answer your question with the facts that we know would be - NO - there is NO timeframe to opening due to the fact that there is no announcment. Crystal clear?
    Yes, please pardon my ignorance.

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    its on retail insider now


    Edmonton Whole Foods Space Goes to H-Mart: Whole Foods was originally supposed to move into a 42,000 square foot retail space the former Canadian Tire building at 3803 Calgary Trail in Edmonton last year, but the store never opened for a variety of reasons. Now, Chris Buyze, via Twitter, says that US-based Korean-themed grocery chain H-Mart will open its first Alberta store in that location.


    H-Mart has been opening stores across Canada, after opening its first Canadian store in suburban Vancouver in 2003. Another interesting target has been the downtown Toronto market. H-Mart opened a small store at 695 Yonge Street, a block south of Bloor Street, several months ago, and it will also eventually open a store in the former American Apparel space at 338 Yonge Street. Downtown Toronto’s population is exploding, and grocery retailers are moving in to serve new residents.

    https://www.retail-insider.com/retai...ctober-24-2017


    www.hmart.ca/

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    Aha. That will make my wife very happy. She's Asian. There's lots of parking at that spot too. We are always having fun parking at the T&T lots and Lucky 97. I generally drop her at the door and Sonny Boy and I then go round and round the parking lots until there's a space. West Ed T&T is the worst. Great news for this suburban family! Seeing is believing though. I will be watching for equipment and crews to move onto the site. I've heard the place still needs a floor poured so there's quite a lot of work to be done inside. A nice place to work inside during the winter. The building looks awesome on the outside, very classy. Kind of BClike with all those timbers and such.
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    i am sure it will be popular, there is one within a 5 minute walk from me here in coquitlam and the place is always busy, they have a food court type offerings inside as well. I prefer it over T&T. Vancouver has about 6 of them now with 1 or 2 more coming soon.

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    With the amount of Asians moving in they could just keep building stores

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