HomeSense is a Canadian chain of off-price home furnishing stores operated by TJX Companies with stores in Canada and the United States. Since 2001 this brand operates in Canada, as of 2014, HomeSense holds over 100 stores including its "Mega-stores" which include full Winners and HomeSense stores combined; the Canadian chain is similar to TJX's HomeGoods chain in the United States. HomeSense operates along with Winners in Canada both of which share common ownership by TJX Companies. Homesense specializes in home furnishings. Prices tend to be competitive to account for discontinued lines; some of their items can be found in other department stores. In April 2008, TJX launched the HomeSense brand in the United Kingdom; the first store to open was in Poole, this was followed by stores in Cardiff, Gloucester and Manchester followed by Thurrock in October 2008 and Cambridge in March 2009. By the end of 2009 HomeSense are operating 14 stores and have opened an additional 6 stores between August and November in Worcester, Preston, Staples Corner and Nottingham.
HomeSense have plans for approx 150 stores in the UK & Ireland over the next 5–7 years, has alluded to expansion in continental Europe in the future. In 2010 HomeSense plans to open stores in Reading, Tunbridge Wells, Chester; the HomeSense flagship store is located in Westfield Merry Hill, Dudley and opened in May 2010. Throughout April and May 2009, the original launch stores received minor refurbishments to bring design and decoration into line with newer stores; this coincided with a relaunch of the company's website, the adoption of a new slogan, "It makes perfect HomeSense". Prior to this, the slogan was "Unique Finds, Irresistible Prices"; the results of a customer survey completed in 2009 showed a 100% recommendation rate from customers, something, targeted prior to the brands launch. Staff aprons, the most distinctive part of the uniform change on a seasonal basis; as part of TJX Europe's'Real Responsibility' initiative, HomeSense has partnered with the homeless charity Emmaus. As well as donating unsold stock, the company has started selling jute bags for £1.99, of which at least 50p is donated to Emmaus.
In 2009, the company started selling Fairtrade cotton bags for 99p. The company does not give out any bags free. Plastic bags come in 3 sizes and customers are charged 10p for the medium and large sized bags and 15p for the extra large; the revenue gained is used to cover the cost of manufacturing the bags with any remaining sum donated to The Woodland Trust. By the end of the financial year 2009/10 HomeSense estimates it will have sales of £270m, a 40% increase on the previous year. By the end of fiscal year 14 they expect to be one of the largest gift retailers in Europe. HomeSense opened its first Irish stores in Dublin and Cork in June 2017. HomeSense is much different in the United States. Where in Canada and Europe it is their take on HomeGoods. In the United States, HomeSense has a larger selection of furniture and lighting, all under a showroom like store. Future plans for the chain include the addition of 400 more stores across the country. HomeSense opened the first U. S. location in Framingham, Massachusetts in August 2017.
That month, the company announced plans to open two additional stores in New Jersey in East Hanover and Seaview Square Shopping Center in Neptune. An additional Massachusetts location in Westwood opened on 9 November 2017. On 8 February 2018, it was announced another location would open at Moorestown Mall in the former Macy's space that year. In Pennsylvania a location is coming to Langhorne in the Lincoln Plaza in a former hhgregg, circuit city. Plans have not just been confirmed for New Massachusetts. In Delaware, HomeSense will open at the Fashion Center At Christiana. Two locations are planned in the New York City area, One in Long Island, 24 May 2018, another store in Riverhead.. An additional New Jersey location is coming to the Nassau Park Pavilion in West Windsor, New Jersey to the former Kohl's. next to TJ Maxx. TJX Companies T. J. Maxx HomeGoods Winners HomeSense Canada Official Website HomeSense Europe Official Website TJX Companies Official Website
A showroom is a large space used to display products or show entertainment. A showroom is a large space used to display products for sale, such as automobiles, appliances, carpet or apparel, it is a retail store of a company in which products are on sale in a space created by their brand or company. A showroom can be a space for wholesale buyers to view fashion merchandise for sale in their retail stores; the world's most famous locations for a showroom in the form of a cluster, are the Champs Elysees in Paris or Merchandise Mart in Chicago,One of the world's largest showrooms is the 35,000 square metres BMW showroom in Abu Dhabi. The biggest collection of showrooms is a 216,000-square-metre car showroom in Istanbul called Autopia Europia. A showroom is a permanent enclosed space used to present a performance. Sometimes it is customized for a particular show; some showrooms are used daily. In some cases, a showroom is leased to a performer, who retains all income rather than being paid by the showroom owner.
In fashion capitals such as New York City, Milan or London one can find temporary showrooms. These places can be rented on a weekly basis; some temporary showrooms are managed with the help of event management agencies. Temporary showrooms can be pop-up stores, which are short-term sales spaces. Automobile manufacturer Ferrari has introduced augmented reality technology into their showrooms, to provide customers with a more hands-on approach when purchasing a vehicle. Showrooming List of auto dealership and repair shop buildings
Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd. or Muji is a Japanese retail company which sells a wide variety of household and consumer goods. Muji is distinguished by its design minimalism, emphasis on recycling, avoidance of waste in production and packaging, no-logo or "no-brand" policy; the name Muji is derived from the first part of Mujirushi Ryōhin, translated as No Brand Quality Goods on Muji's European website. Muji started with 40 products during the 1980s; some of their products include pens, notebooks, storage units, kitchen appliances, food items, household care products. Muji has created an automobile. Stores such as Muji's shop in New York are large with nearly every single product within them. Shoppers can purchase anything they might need for the home at such a location; the primary business includes Café Muji, Meal Muji, Muji Campsite and home furnishing. By the end of the 2000s, Muji was selling more than 7,000 products, it is positioned as a "reasonably priced" brand, keeping the retail prices of products "lower than usual" by the materials it selects, streamlining its manufacturing processes, minimising packaging.
Muji has opened hotels in Shenzhen and Beijing, will open a third hotel in Ginza in Tokyo in spring of 2019. Mujirushi Ryōhin began as a product brand of the supermarket chain The Seiyu, Ltd. in December 1980. The Mujirushi Ryōhin product range was developed to offer cheap good quality products and were marketed using the slogan “Lower priced for a reason.” Products were wrapped in plain brown paper labels and red writing. Mujirushi Ryōhin's drive to cut retail prices for consumers saw the company cutting waste by, for example, selling U-shaped spaghetti, the left-over part, cut off to sell straight spaghetti. In 1983, the first directly operated Mujirushi Ryōhin store opened. In 1985, Mujirushi Ryōhin started overseas production and procurement, started to place direct factory orders in 1986, in 1987 Muji started to develop material globally. In 1989, Ryohin Keikaku Ltd became the manufacturer and retailer for all Mujirushi Ryōhin products and operations, including planning, production and sale.
In 1991, Mujirushi Ryōhin opened its first international store in London. In 1995, shares in “Muji Tsunan Campsite” were registered as over-the-counter shares of Japan Securities Dealers Association. In 1998, Ryōhin Keikaku listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. From 2001 onwards, it was listed on the first section. In April 2001 they issued the Muji Car 1000, a limited release of 1,000 badgeless and decontented Nissan Marches, only available online. Intended as an exercise to test their online marketing systems it was developed together with Nissan; the spartanly equipped little car was only offered in "marble white". The brand name "Muji" appears to have been used since around 1999. In Japan, Ryohin Keikaku has 328 directly-operated stores, supplies 124 outlets, as of August 2017. Ryohin Keikaku has three factory outlets at Osaka and Fukuoka. There are 505 International retail outlets as of December 2018, which include UK, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Poland, United States, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea, Mainland China, Thailand, Indonesia, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India.
In New York City, Muji supplies products to a design store at the Museum of Modern Art and maintains a flagship store. As of November 2018, there are 5 stores in Manhattan, one in northern New Jersey, one in Boston, 6 stores in California, one in Portland. A small branch is at JFK International Airport, another location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has been announced, but is yet to open. Muji's no-brand strategy means that little money is spent on advertisement or classical marketing, Muji's success is attributed to word of mouth, a simple shopping experience, the anti-brand movement. Muji's no-brand strategy means its products are attractive to customers who prefer unbranded products for aesthetic reasons, because it provides an alternative to traditional branded products. Muji has released a T-shirt with a rubber square on the chest for customers to design their own logo or message. Muji now sells paper products which can be personalized by customers using rubber stamps in-store at no charge.
They sell soft goods which can be computer embroidered to customer specifications, picked up a few hours or days later. Muji is known for its distinctive design, extended throughout its more than 7,000 products. Commentators have described Muji's design style as having mundanity, being "no-frills", being "minimalist", "Bauhaus-style". Muji product design, brand identity, is based around the selection of materials, streamlined manufacturing processes, minimal packaging. Muji products have a limited colour range and are displayed on shelves with minimal packaging, displaying only functional product information and a price tag. Detailed instructions included with the product are printed only in Japanese, although multilingual translations are starting to be included with some products. On its corporate website, Ryohin Keikaku Ltd rationalises its principles in terms of producing high quality products at "lower than usual" retail prices, true to the original Muji marke
Toronto Transit Commission
The Toronto Transit Commission is a public transport agency that operates bus, subway and paratransit services in Toronto, Canada. It is the oldest and largest of the urban transit service providers in the Greater Toronto Area, with numerous connections to systems serving its surrounding municipalities. Established as the Toronto Transportation Commission in 1921, the TTC owns and operates four rapid transit lines with 75 stations, over 149 bus routes, 11 streetcar lines. On an average weekday in 2019, 1.69 million passengers made 2.76 million unlinked trips on the TTC, with the number of trips about evenly divided between the subways and buses and streetcars. The TTC operates door-to-door paratransit service for the elderly and disabled, known as Wheel-Trans; the TTC is the most used urban mass transit system in all of Canada, the third largest in North America, after the New York City Transit Authority and Mexico City Metro. Public transit in Toronto started in 1849 with a operated transit service.
In years, the city operated some routes, but in 1921 assumed control over all routes and formed the Toronto Transportation Commission to operate them. During this period, streetcars provided the bulk of the service. In 1954, the TTC adopted its present name, opened the first subway line, expanded its service area to cover the newly formed municipality of Metropolitan Toronto; the system has evolved to feature a wide network of surface routes with the subway lines as the backbone. On February 17, 2008, the TTC made many service improvements, reversing more than a decade of service reductions and only minor improvements. In addition to buses and subways, the TTC operated the Toronto Island ferry service from 1927 to 1962, when it was transferred to the Metro Parks and Culture department; the TTC operated a suburban and regional intercity bus operator, Gray Coach Lines, from 1927 to 1990. Gray Coach used interurban coaches to link Toronto to points throughout southern Ontario. In addition, Gray Coach operated tour buses in association with Gray Line Tours.
The main terminal was the Metropolitan Toronto Bus Terminal on Elizabeth Street north of Dundas Street, downtown. In 1954, Gray Coach expanded further when it acquired suburban routes from independent bus operators not merged with the TTC as it expanded to cover Metro Toronto. By the 1980s, Gray Coach faced fierce competition in the interurban service in the GTA; the TTC sold Gray Coach Lines in 1990 to Stagecoach Holdings, which split the operation between Greyhound Canada and the government of Ontario three years later. The Gloucester subway cars, the first version of TTC subway cars, known as "red rockets" because of their bright red exterior, have been retired; the name lives on as the TTC uses the phrase to advertise the service, such as "Ride the Rocket" in advertising material, "Rocket" in the names of some express buses, the new "Toronto Rocket" subway cars, which began revenue operation on July 21, 2011. Another common slogan is "The Better Way"; the TTC has recovered about 70% of its operating costs from the fare box in recent years.
From its creation in 1921 until 1971, the TTC was self-supporting both for capital and operations. Through the Great Depression and World War II, it accumulated reserves that allowed it to expand after the war, both with subways and major steady growth of its bus services into the suburbs, it was not until 1971 that the Metro government and the province started to provide operational subsidies, required due to rising costs of delivering transit to low-density suburbs in Metro Toronto and large wage increases. Deficits and subsidies soared throughout the 1970s and 1980s, followed by service cuts and a period of ridership decline in the 1990s attributable to recession; when the Harris Progressive Conservatives ended the provincial subsidies, the TTC cut back service with a significant curtailment put into effect on February 18, 1996, an increased financial burden was placed on the municipal government. Since the TTC has been in financial difficulties. Service cuts were averted in 2007, when Toronto City Council voted to introduce new taxes to help pay for city services, including the TTC.
As a result, the TTC became the largest transit operator in Anglo-America not to receive provincial/state subsidies. The TTC has received federal funding for capital projects from as early as 2009; the TTC is considered one of the costliest transit systems per fare price in North America. For the 2011 operating year, the TTC had a projected operating budget of $1.45 billion. Revenue from fares covered 70% of the budget, whereas the remaining 30% originated from the city. In 2009 through 2011, provincial and federal subsidies amounted to 0% of the budget. In contrast to this, STM Montreal receives 10% of its operating budget from the provincial government, Ottawa Transpo receives 9% of its funding from the province; the fairness of preferentially subsidizing transit in specific Canadian cities has been questioned by citizens. Buses are a large part of TTC operations today. Before about 1960 however, they played a minor role compared to streetcars. Buses began to operate in the city in 1921, became necessary for areas without streetcar service.
After an earlier experiment in the 1920s, trolley buses were used on a number of routes starting in 1947, but all trolley bus routes were converted to bus operation between 1991 and 1993. The TTC always used the term "trolley coach" to refer to its trackless electric vehicles. Hundreds of old buses have been replaced with the low-floor Orion V
EllisDon is an employee-owned construction services company, founded and incorporated in 1951 in London, Canada by brothers Don and David Ellis Smith. The company is headquartered in Mississauga, Canada. Don Smith was born March 1924 in Provost, Alberta, to Donald Bennett and Florence Smith. At age 27, Don quit a construction job to start his own company with his brother David Ellis Smith. On April 1, 1951, EllisDon was launched, their first project was a small home renovation followed by Northdale Public School, a three-room schoolhouse located in London, Ontario. David left the company shortly after inception. In 2013 Don Smith died at age 89. Between 1956 and 1968, EllisDon computerized its accounting and cost control systems, operated a purchased tower crane – the first construction company in Canada to do both. In 1971, EllisDon launched a Corporate Safety Strategy to improve job site safety. Between 1974 and 1976, the company expanded, establishing operations in Edmonton, Alberta and in Saudi Arabia.
Since EllisDon has expanded its current operations to its offices around the world. Once EllisDon was awarded the Construction Management Contract for the Metro Toronto Convention Centre project in 1982, it moved on to build the Rogers Centre; this project was completed in 1989, was the world's first retractable rooftop stadium. In 1990, EllisDon established the construction industry's first freestanding Research and Development Department. Following that, EllisDon in 1993 became the first Canadian company to build in Latvia and Lithuania following the removal of the Iron Curtain in the USSR. In 1997, EllisDon completed its first project in Malaysia. In 1996, Don Smith's son, Geoff Smith – who joined the company as a full-time employee in 1982 – became EllisDon's President and CEO. In 2004, EllisDon participated in a new hospital funding model, a public-private partnership with the $450 million William Osler Health Centre in Brampton, Ontario. EllisDon delivered Toronto's MaRS Convergence Centre in 2005.
In 2008, EllisDon completed construction and installation work in the Dubai Waterfront, the largest waterfront development of its kind in the world. In 2010, EllisDon completed Winnipeg International Airport Terminal Building, Canada's first LEED certified airport terminal. In June 2016, EllisDon launched The Carbon Impact Initiative Action Plan in support of Canada’s international climate change commitments. Industry executives, in collaboration with government leaders, established the initiative outlining strategies to transform the market toward a low-carbon economy. Mohawk College’s Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation Building is Ontario’s first net-zero institutional building as well as the first pilot project under the Carbon Impact Initiative. In March 2018, EllisDon acquired the interests of joint venture partner Carillion in four Ontario hospital projects, becoming the sole service provider at Royal Ottawa Hospital, Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, Brampton Civic Hospital and Sault Area Hospital.
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Greater Toronto Area
The Greater Toronto Area is the most populous metropolitan area in Canada. It consists of 25 incorporated municipalities within the central city of Toronto and the four regional municipalities which surround it: Durham, Halton and York. According to the 2016 census, the Greater Toronto Area has a population of 6,417,516; the regional span of the Greater Toronto Area is sometimes combined with the city of Hamilton, located west of Halton Region, to form the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The Greater Toronto Area anchors a much larger urban agglomeration known as the Golden Horseshoe; the term "Greater Toronto" was first used in writing as early as the 1900s, although at the time, the term only referred to the old City of Toronto and its immediate townships and villages, which became Metropolitan Toronto in 1954 and became the current city of Toronto in 1998. The use of the term involving the four regional municipalities came into formal use in the mid-1980s, after it was used in a discussed report on municipal governance restructuring in the region and was made official as a provincial planning area.
However, it did not come into everyday usage until the mid- to late 1990s. In 2006, the term began to be supplanted in the field of spatial planning as provincial policy began to refer to either the "Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area" or the still-broader "Greater Golden Horseshoe"; the latter includes communities like Barrie, Kitchener-Waterloo and the Niagara Region. The GTA continues, however, to be in official use elsewhere in the Government of Ontario, such as the Ministry of Finance; some municipalities considered part of the GTA are not within the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area, whose land area and population is thus smaller than the land area and population of the GTA planning area. For example, Oshawa is the centre of its own CMA, yet deemed part of the Greater Toronto Area, while other municipalities, such as New Tecumseth in southern Simcoe County and Mono Township in Dufferin County are included in the Toronto CMA but not in the GTA; these different border configurations result in the GTA's population being higher than the Toronto CMA by nearly one-half million people leading to confusion amongst people when trying to sort out Toronto's urban population.
Other nearby urban areas, such as Hamilton, Barrie, or St. Catharines-Niagara and Kitchener-Waterloo, are not part of the GTA or the Toronto CMA, but form their own CMAs near the GTA. All the aforementioned places are part of the Greater Golden Horseshoe metropolitan region, an urban agglomeration, the fourth most populous in North America; when the Hamilton and Toronto CMAs are agglomerated with Brock and Scugog, they have a population of 6,170,072. It is part of the Great Lakes Megalopolis, containing an estimated 59 million people in 2011; the term "Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area" refers to the GTA, the City of Hamilton. The term has been adopted by several organizations for the purposes of regional planning; the GTHA and the Regional Municipality of Niagara form the inner ring of the larger Greater Golden Horseshoe region. The Greater Toronto Area was home to a number of First Nations groups who lived on the shore of Lake Ontario long before the first Europeans arrived in the region. At various times the Neutral, Seneca and Huron nations were living in the vicinity.
The Mississaugas arrived in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century, driving out the occupying Iroquois. While it is unclear as to, the first European to reach the Toronto area, there is no question it occurred in the 17th century; the area would become crucial for its series of trails and water routes that led from northern and western Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Known as the "Toronto Passage", it followed the Humber River, as an important overland shortcut between Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe and the upper Great Lakes. For this reason area became a hot spot for French fur traders; the French would establish two trading forts, Magasin Royal in the 1720s, although abandoned within the decade and Fort Rouillé in the 1750s, which would be burnt down and abandoned in 1759 by the French garrison, who were retreating from invading British forces. The first large influx of European settlers to settle the region were the United Empire Loyalists arriving after the American Revolution, when various individuals petitioned the Crown for land in and around the Toronto area.
In 1787, the British negotiated the purchase of more than a quarter million acres of land in the area of Toronto with the Mississaugas of New Credit. York County, would be created by Governor John Graves Simcoe in 1792, which would at its largest size, comprise all of what is now Halton Region, Peel Region, York Region and parts of Durham Region; the Town of York would be attacked by American forces in the War of 1812 in what is now known as the Battle of York, in 1813. In 1816, Wentworth County and Halton County were created from York County. York County would serve as the setting for the beginnings of the Upper Canada Rebellion with William Lyon Mackenzie's armed march from Holland Landing towards York Township on Yonge Street leading up to the battle at Montgomery's Tavern. In 1851, Ontario County and Peel County were separated from York; the idea towards a streamlined local government to control local infrastructure was made as early as 1907 by member of federal Parliament, founder of the Toronto Globe, William Findlay Maclean, who called for the expansion of the government of the former City of Toronto in order to c
Shoppers Drug Mart
Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation is a Canadian retail pharmacy chain based in Toronto, Ontario. It has more than 1,300 stores operating under the names Shoppers Drug Mart in nine provinces and two territories and Pharmaprix in Quebec. Founded by Murray Koffler, the Koffler family still retains ownership of the Super-Pharm pharmacy, in Israel, in China. Super-Pharm uses the same logo as Shoppers Drug Mart, created by the artist Sylvain Liu, it uses some of the same private-label brands, such as Life Brand and Quo. In 2013, Brampton-based Loblaw Companies acquired Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation for $12.4 billion in cash and stock. By early 2016, Shoppers had over 1,300 locations in Canada. In addition to its retail formats, the company operates several specialty services; this includes 56 Shoppers Home Health Care stores, renamed Wellwise by Shoppers Drug Mart, which sell and service assisted-living devices, home-care products, mobility and medical equipment. A new store concept, launched in fall 2017 as a single Toronto location which sells healthy living products for seniors.
In February 2018, wellwise.ca launched, making it Shopper's Drug Mart second e-commerce site, in addition to beautyboutique.ca. Many locations offer prescription delivery free of charge, employing a fleet of corporate owned vehicles. Shoppers Drug Mart is an independent operating division of Loblaw Companies Limited. At the age of twenty, Murray Koffler inherited two Koffler's Drugs pharmacies, first at 376 College Street and second on Bathurst Street north of St. Clair Avenue West opened a suburban location at Don Mills Centre on the advice of E. P. Taylor. By 1962, Koffler's had grown to a chain of 17 pharmacies, which he renamed "Shoppers Drug Mart" in the 1970s; the first store named "Shoppers Drug Mart" was at Shoppers World Danforth from which it derived the name. Koffler revamped the concept of the 20th century “drug store” in Canada by removing the soda fountain and emphasizing the dispensary, requiring his pharmacists to wear starched white coats as a symbol of their professionalism.
In the mid-1950s, he began acquiring other drug stores and organized them around a then-novel franchising concept: pharmacist “associates” would own and operate their own stores within the system and share in the profits. In 1968, Shoppers Drug Mart grew to 52 stores in Ontario by merging with 33 Plaza Drugstores. In 1971, Shoppers Drug Mart purchased 87 Cunningham Drug Stores in British Alberta; the first Pharmaprix store opened in 1972 in Québec. In 1974, Lord’s Supervalue Pharmacies 26 stores in Atlantic Canada joined the Shoppers Drug Mart family. In 1986 Shoppers Drug Mart bought an Ontario-area chain of 72 stores. In 1992, the company bought up the Western Canadian chain Pinder's Drugs, followed this in 1995 with a chain of 24 Bi-Rite Drug Stores based in western Canada. In 1995, Shoppers Drug Mart acquired 135 Big V Drugstores. In 1996, the first Shoppers Home Health Care store opened; when Koffler retired in 1986, he sold the chain to Imasco Limited. That same year, David Bloom, a former Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacist, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Bloom would lead the organization until retiring in 2001, having devoted a total of 35 years of service to the Company. During David Bloom's tenure, Shoppers doubled its number of stores, quadrupled its sales and increased profit ten-fold. David Bloom launched the Shoppers Optimum loyalty program in 2000 which became the largest and most successful loyalty program in Canada; the Optimum program boasts over 10 million members in Canada. In 2000, after Imasco Limited had been taken over by BAT Industries, Shoppers was sold to a consortium of institutional investors including Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. Bain Capital, Inc. DLJ Merchant Banking Partners, Charlesbank Capital Partners, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, CIBC Capital Partners, Shoppers Drug Mart's senior management and pharmacist/owners. In 2001, Glenn Murphy was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In November of that same year, Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation was publicly listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In 2002, Shoppers Drug Mart introduced its first large format stores, with more space, a sleek and modern look, a stronger focus on cosmetic products.
The cosmetics section faces the entrance, with the pharmacy counter at the back and a convenience food section, called Food Essentials, near the front cash. In most suburban areas, this new format takes the form of new or relocated store stand-alone "big-box" locations as opposed to smaller mall or strip-mall locations. In 2003, Shoppers Drug Mart introduced its first beautyBOUTIQUE, setting a new standard for the industry with its open-sell display and unbiased approach to customer service in prestige cosmetic retailing. Today, there are 364 beautyBOUTIQUES across the country. On April 26, 2007, the 1000th Shoppers Drug Mart store opened in Ontario. In recent years, the chain has been moving to decrease its reliance on pharmaceutical sales and increase sales of what it calls "front of store" items, such as food and cosmetics; the store claims that in 2012, it increased its market share in food and that 51% of purchases now come from non-pharmaceutical items. In Summer 2018, Shoppers Drug Mart opened its flagship Toronto, Ontario location at Yonge-Dundas Square in the space formerl