Retailing

Oxford Foods, for decades a fixture in Victoria’s Cook Street Village neighbourhood, has been sold. The new owners, The Root Cellar Green Grocer, take over the space Dec. 1 and are expected to do a complete renovation of the building’s interior and exterior. (Don Descoteau/News staff)

Cook Street Village grocery icon closing, new owners plan major renovation

Louie family has operated Oxford Foods and predecessor for five decades at Cook and Oxford streets

 

The Bay Centre in downtown Victoria is preparing to welcome a large new tenant, rumoured to be Winners. File photo.

New retailer in Victoria’s Bay Centre could be win-win for shoppers

Mall chooses not to confirm merchant name, but reports indicate Winners is coming downtown

 

Chapters will leave its downtown location after 20 years and relocate to a custom built location at Mayfair Shopping Centre in summer 2018. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Victoria’s Chapters moving to Mayfair Shopping Centre next summer

After 20 years downtown, book giant will rebrand and open as Indigo

 

After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.

Iconic Victoria music store closing, owner plans to keep on playing

John Larsen and his staff brought music to many in Victoria and elsewhere on the Island

  • Jul 17, 2017
After more than 20 years of bringing music to Greater Victoria and Island residents, John Larsen is closing his business on Cook Street.
Marijuana dispensaries in Victoria face more stringent criteria for rezoning, after city councillors voted Thursday to extend the buffer zone between shops to 400 metres from the current 200 metres. The move is expected to thin out the number of shops operating within city limits. Don Denton/Black Press

Pot dispensary buffer zone in Victoria doubles, number of shops could be cut in half

Neighbourhood input pushes councillors to extend distance between shops to 400 metres

Marijuana dispensaries in Victoria face more stringent criteria for rezoning, after city councillors voted Thursday to extend the buffer zone between shops to 400 metres from the current 200 metres. The move is expected to thin out the number of shops operating within city limits. Don Denton/Black Press
(From left) Laura Lum, Ed Low, Brenda Murison, Gedalia Taparan, Josie Turner, (back row) Rick Greenhough and Paul McKinnon are part of the Western Foods family looking forward to celebrating the store’s 43rd anniversary on May 27. Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff

Family celebrates Langford grocery icon’s anniversary with special day

Charity element to Western Foods birthday party on May 27

  • May 11, 2017
(From left) Laura Lum, Ed Low, Brenda Murison, Gedalia Taparan, Josie Turner, (back row) Rick Greenhough and Paul McKinnon are part of the Western Foods family looking forward to celebrating the store’s 43rd anniversary on May 27. Rick Stiebel/News Gazette staff