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Canadian Tire owner Grant Wallace says the store is making space for the departments that have really taken off, like pets, housewares and storage.
Brandon’s Canadian Tire is going through a major reorganization to make the store even more accessible for local customers.
Canadian Tire owner Grant Wallace said the changes are part of a renovation that has been going on for the last six years, in an effort to meet the growing needs of customers.
"We’re wanting to make a better shopping experience for our customers," Wallace said.
He said staff are busy making more space for the departments that have really taken off, like pets, housewares and storage.
"Storage for the house, the garage, the basement, it’s really gone crazy (in terms of sales)," Wallace said. "So we are making more space for these (departments) and we’re adding a lot of new items."
Wallace said staff is also working to provide an improved flow between departments such as plumbing and home décor and increase the quantity of stock available on the store shelves.
"We have a large warehouse in the back and we want to have more quantities from the (stock area) to the floor."
Wallace said the customer feedback to the changes has been positive and the store plans to be done the interior renovations by March 1.
The store is open during the changes and Wallace said staff is also busy planning a "grand reopening," where the store will have a "big" sale at the end of April and beginning of May.
T&T Authentic Foods
Brandon will get a new African and Caribbean grocery store as soon as the potential owners find a suitable location.
Theo Ajani and his wife are busy looking for a location in the city that will fit their budget.
"We’re working on a location now," Ajani said. "We’re hoping in about a month we’ll have something."
Ajani said once their location is set, the couple will then start working on their varied stock list.
Krave Salon at 1-1847 Queens Ave. is expanding its services after just more than a year in business.
Dawn Meek, who owns Krave Salon with Suzanne Hauser and Kim Bordian, said the trio will be adding staff and hours to their business.
Nail technician Lawrie Hammersley will join the team at the end of this month allowing Krave to offer a full selection of nail services six days a week.
Previous services like gel nails, pedicure and manicures were only offered from Tuesday to Saturday, but with the addition of staff will now be offered on Monday as well. The salon will also offer "shellac" nails.
"Shellac is becoming really popular with celebrities," Meek said. "It’s a glorified manicure. It’s not as hard on your nails as gel nails, but does not wear down as quickly like a regular manicure."
Meek said the shellac nails could last up to two weeks for customers. Krave is open Mondays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome.
To book an appointment, call 727-0054.
FYidoctors will open in the Shoppers Mall later this spring.
They have now received possession of their new space and are currently under renovations.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 28, 2012