Marc-André Bally, vice-president of Costco's Business Centres in Canada, told Narcity Quebecthat the Saint-Hubert and Anjou branches will look "very similar."
As for the existing Costco Wholesale centre at the same location in Anjou, the company plans to move it slightly further away and reopen sometime next summer.
"With the customer traffic at the Anjou warehouse, the move was necessary, since it was getting a bit tight," Bally laughed.
Bally said three more Costco centres are expected to open elsewhere in Canada — one in Ottawa, Ontario, scheduled for February, one in St. Catharines, Ontario and another in Edmonton, Alberta both scheduled for March.
Asked whether the company plans to open more Costco Business Centre locations in Quebec, Bally said "all the cards are on the table."
"We just opened Saint-Hubert, Anjou in less than a year, three others elsewhere in Canada [...] We will digest that and analyze the situation," he said, adding that the opening of a new location "usually takes years to complete."
Costco Business Centres cater to local businesses and Quebec restaurants as their main clientele, such as Aubut and Mayrand.
However, the centres remain open to the public and non-business owners, so all Montrealers can enjoy buying big in Anjou when the new store opens in fall 2021 or winter 2022.
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Montreal Costco fans rejoice — a brand new 155,733-square-foot location just opened up in Anjou.
If you're a true Costco addict, you may be wondering, "Isn't there already a Costco in Anjou?" The answer is yes. But that location (on rue Bombardier) closed and will be converted into a Business Centre. Meanwhile, the area's regular Costco Wholesale has moved a short, five-minute drive away to Boulevard des Sciences.
Costco Wholesale called the new Anjou location "bigger and better." We checked it out on opening day, October 27, and it totally lives up to the hype!
The new Anjou Costco Wholesale is 20% bigger than the previous location with 20% more shopping carts (literally 1,000 of them), 900 parking spots, 18 gas pumps, thousands of products for sale and a whole new self-checkout section.
The new Anjou Costco has many beloved items that will be familiar to Costco regulars, ranging from big tubs of Nutella to Kirkland brand clothing to frozen food from local restaurants like Schwartz's smoked meat.
Ken Saumure, regional marketing manager, pointed out the Italian market section. He said it has goods you won't find at other Costcos because it's representative of the area's prominent Italian population.
Costco-goers will be happy to know that samples were in full swing — all individually portioned and wrapped in a COVID-19-friendly manner. This included a whole roll of Werther's Originals and a full-sized Orangina.
"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.
Mary Simon's approval rating is lower in Quebec compared to the rest of Canada, a poll released Wednesday showed, because the new governor general can't speak French.
An Angus Reid Institute poll of 2,049 Canadians found only 49% of Quebecers approve of her appointment compared to 74% of respondents in the rest of the country.
"Despite being from Nunavik (the Inuit homeland in Northern Quebec), and having been awarded the [province's] highest distinction, many Quebecers remain unconvinced Mary Simon is the best choice for governor general due to her lack of fluency in French," stated the Angus Reid Institute.
"Support is cleaved along linguistic divides in the only majority Francophone province in Canada," it continued, as only 40% of Quebecers whose first language is French approve of her appointment compared to 81% of English speakers.
Though Simon, the country's first Indigenous governor general, is not currently fluent in French, she has promised to learn, Angus Reid stated.
A startling 46% of seafood samples sold in restaurants and grocery stores in four major Canadian cities were mislabelled, according to a report published Wednesday by the non-profit group Oceana Canada.
Often, low-cost knockoffs were pawned off as fancy fishes; out of a total of 94 samples, all 24 of butterfish, yellowtail and white tuna were mislabelled and over half of the samples labelled snapper was actually tilapia, "a much cheaper" fish.
Furthermore, there were 10 occasions where products labelled butterfish or tuna turned out to be escolar, a fish that "can cause acute gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and nausea and is banned from sale in several countries," according to a news release.
Despite promises to tackle the issue, seafood fraud has been an ongoing problem in Canada. Oceana's multi-year DNA testing study found the Canadian city with the most fake fish was Montreal, where 52% of the samples were mislabelled, though Ottawa and Toronto did nearly as poorly, with mislabelling rates of 50% each.
Sayara Thurston, a seafood fraud campaigner, highlighted the need for better traceability systems to detect foul fish before they hit our dinner plates. "Buying fish shouldn't be a guessing game. Canadians deserve to have confidence in the seafood they eat."
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