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A futuristic new store just opened in the Retail Innovation Lab on McGill University's downtown Montreal campus, and it's so high-tech that you can leave without paying for stuff you take — at least not in the traditional sense. 

The store — a partnership between McGill University and Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. — is designed as a "live testing ground" for retail innovation, including "frictionless technologies" that allows for contactless check-out.  

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Health Canada has issued a recall on two styles of candle holders sold at Urban Outfitters in Canada, citing the potential for a fire hazard that could cause injuries and property damage.

The joint recall was publicly issued on December 23 with URBN Canada Retail Inc., which owns brands including Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People. 

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In a press conference on December 15, Premier François Legault introduced even tighter restrictions in Quebec to slow the spread of COVID-19 around the holidays

Most of the new measures will be in place from December 17 to January 11 — a period Legault referred to as a "holiday pause." 

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As is the end-of-year tradition, the Office de la protection du consommateur (OPC) has released its list of companies that received the most complaints in Quebec.

The office counted 21,533 complaints between November 25, 2019 and November 24, 2020, according to a report obtained by Narcity Québec.

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Millennials in Quebec probably have fond memories of shopping at Le Château, a retail clothing chain — founded in Montreal 60 years ago — that epitomized 2000s fashion in the province. 

However, Le Château Inc. has started the process of liquidating its assets, citing "numerous challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic" in a news release — meaning it will soon be gone for good.

It's not the first Montreal-founded business to halt or change operations during the pandemic.

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It's that time of year again! With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, shopping in Montreal is about to get hectic.  

While retail stores are open in Montreal as part of Quebec's red-zone protocols, shopping in any enclosed space can be risky, as coronavirus cases are on the rise.

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Montreal's retail industry is the most common source of COVID-19 outbreaks in workplaces in the city, says the regional public health department.  

According to data provided to MTL Blog by the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS), as of September 28, the city logged 98 COVID-19 cases in 38 workplaces.

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We all know the struggle of paying for University and then having to live on a strict budget. You end up living off cheap pasta and KD for breakfast, lunch and dinner while studying your ass off and craving to be on vacation. Just yesterday I contemplated eating a moldy muffin because I was too lazy and too cheap to buy breakfast... and guess what... I ATE IT. That was the moment I realized that university and the fall semester had official began in my mind.

READ ALSO: The 18 Adorable New Cafés In Montreal You Need To Study At This Semester With Your Friends

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Just like the Gram is the leading social network (alongside Snapchat) this year, so is online shopping. Buying things online has become such a huge trend, that you can now even get your groceries online!

It makes sense, I don't know about you - but there's nothing more exciting than getting a package in the mail.

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It's official, the town of Mount Royal just unveiled their plan for a new $1.7 billion mega mall on the corner of highways 15 and 40. The project which was rumoured to be called the "Quinze40" is actually called "ROYALMOUNT" - which is better because now it won't seem like a crappy sequel to the existing Dix30.

Yes! They're finally building something in Montreal that isn't a condo! (a little more about that below)

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Photo cred - Carly Rose

We were sad when Chapters announced it was closing up shoplast October to make way for a 35, 000+ square foot Victoria’s Secret flagship store on the corner of Stanley and St. Catherine. For many of us, it was our primary source for literary material and was a veritable landmark in the downtown core. But with more and more people buying their books online these days, Chapters could no longer compete.

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Montreal will now be home not one, but TWO Official Lego Stores!

"To be opened soon" are locations in Carrefour Laval & Fairview Pointe-Claire.

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