What Is the History of Real Canadian Superstore?


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Real Canadian Superstores, owned by Loblaw Companies, originated in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Western Canada. The chain of hypermarkets expanded into Ontario in the 2000s with the threat of U.S.-based Wal-Mart stores gaining popularity.

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The first Real Canadian Superstore opened in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as a SuperValu. The name changed to Real Canadian Superstore with the Loblaw banner in the 1980s and 1990s. Loblaw supermarkets originated as early as 1919 in Toronto by Theodore Pringle Loblaw and J. Milton Cork. The duo continued to expand the groceries into the United States with stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Chicago, Illinois by 1928.

The superstore concept evolved when sales boomed prompting the launch of no-name products that were heavily discounted. The grocery evolved into Real Canadian Superstores, offering shoppers not only groceries but also housewares, clothing and electronics. Some of the superstores incorporated a pharmacy, photo lab, gas bar, photo studios, fitness clubs and walk-in medical clinics.

The superstores each boasted a similar layout with one-third full of groceries and household items and specialty services filling the remaining two-thirds of the supercenter. The retailer offers specific products on the shelves for specific regions. The superstore locations are approximately 220,000 square feet facilities, as of 2015,

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