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Feb 14, 2013 / 5:00 am

I am going to try to answer some of the e-mails I have received over the last couple of weeks regarding SOPA Square, the new high rise commercial and residential property on South Pandosy. Yes there are some snags in the development at the moment. Ed and Stacey Fenwick, the developers, are in the...

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Feb 7, 2013 / 5:00 am

I believe it was ten years ago that the Mrs. and I attended the opening week of a new restaurant, East Side Mario’s. I really wanted to try the Phili steak sandwich, which was always a favourite of mine but very difficult to order in this part of the world. A young couple from Edmonton were...

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Jan 31, 2013 / 5:00 am

He is a home town boy who has done very well for himself in the financial community. Dale Lamb is the man I am referring to and here is some background. Dale attended both OKM and UVic. where he got his Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on the Economics and Statistics. He started in the...

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Jan 24, 2013 / 5:00 am

It has been years since I started writing about Target stores coming to Canada. I remember one rumour out of the east that had the Minneapolis retailers taking a look at the Hudson Bay chain as a method of expansion into Canada. That was before there even was a discussion about the purchase of...

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Jan 17, 2013 / 5:00 am

With my two weeks away from writing I must say the inflow of story ideas was tremendous. Today I am going to go over some of those things as well as whatever else comes across the desk. The handling of the Burke firing by the new owners of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment was very...

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Jan 10, 2013 / 5:00 am

Big news out of the east as the rumour about Loblaws continues to grow! Loblaws own both SuperStore and Extra Foods. The rumour is that the Loblaws, owned by the Weston family, will make an offer to Safeway Canada to buy out the chain in this country. Loblaws already has over 1000 stores in...

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Dec 20, 2012 / 5:00 am

We had a good laugh with NBC’s Emmy Award winning “Saturday Night Live” cast this past week as they tackled the “politically correct” Christmas on their two hour NBC Special. They did a whole group of politically correct Christmas carols, as only they can do. It was...

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Dec 13, 2012 / 5:00 am

It was the Tiny Tim Christmas breakfast at the Coast Capri last week and 1150 people came through the doors for their free breakfast if they brought an unwrapped gift. They collected 1786 toys and with the money collected, the total was approximately $35,000. All of the toys and money were...

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Dec 6, 2012 / 5:00 am

My information this week includes that the new owners of the Lucaya property on Sunset Drive have hired security to look after their property. There have been skate boarders using the site and I understand people sleeping there. The project as you know was purchased by Chinese investors. I...

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Nov 29, 2012 / 5:00 am

It hit us like a ton of bricks when all of a sudden Canadian retailers decided to go with a full out promotion for Black Friday. This is the very successful American sales event that has been a feature at Thanksgiving south of the border for years. This year the numbers soared in what we believe is...

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Nov 22, 2012 / 5:00 am

A Kelowna landmark has been sold to investors from Alberta. The Paramount Theatre building has been a downtown institution since 1945. The theatre is leased by Landmark Cinemas and will continue to be one of Landmark’s premier locations for movies in the valley. It now is a three theatre...

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Nov 15, 2012 / 5:00 am

My sources tell me that Chief Robert Louie of the Westbank First Nation was told that it is time to start work on the land for the new medical centre across the lake. The medical centre proposed by the Westbank First Nation hopes through their negotiations to have a working relationship with...

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Nov 8, 2012 / 5:00 am

Last week when George Lucas and Disney announced the sale of Lucas Films to Mickey Mouse for $4 billion it brought back memories of a book I read many years ago written by Walt’s brother Roy. Walt was a hero of mine all through my business career. Roy wrote in the book that one day he...

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Nov 1, 2012 / 5:00 am

Sometimes it is difficult to understand the workings of Interior Health and the way they answer to serious health situations that require the public's knowledge. Of course I am writing about the weekend news that carried the story on the Novartis Agriflu serum that three provinces were using...

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Oct 25, 2012 / 5:00 am

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce named her “Business Leader of the Year.” Nancy Cameron, the President & CEO of Tourism Kelowna, was given this most prestigious award last week. This is a very sharp lady and worthy of the award because she makes it all work and that isn’t easy...

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Oct 18, 2012 / 5:00 am

It was about a month ago that a contractor told me his business wasn’t bad and that many of the enquiries about the lots he has for sale are coming from Saskatchewan buyers who want to move to the Okanagan and Kelowna in particular. I then received a follow-up to the story that land sales...

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Oct 11, 2012 / 5:00 am

It is about to happen, the Zellers store that is twenty-years-old will be closing in the next ten days. It will be all cleaned up and turned over to Target Canada by the 29th of the month. Construction will then begin on the new Target store for the Orchard Plaza shopping centre. Ledcor...

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Oct 4, 2012 / 5:00 am

It’s hard to believe, but the U.S.A. national press has finally figured out the scuffle in Bellingham over the Canadians buying all the milk available in the Costco store there. Big headline in U.S.A. Today, “Canadians Flock to U.S. for deals.” This is due to the increase in the...

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Sep 27, 2012 / 5:00 am

We went to Rann Berry’s “One Hit Wonders” show last Friday night with friends. It was a winner. Most of those old songs held a meaning to the hundreds of people in the Community Theatre. Another great night for Rann’s show. The music brought back such memories. It was...

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Sep 20, 2012 / 7:00 am

This past week I received two requests for donations from large charities for envelopes that were filled with address labels. The address label business must be good because many of the charities have the same idea, despite the fact that few people actual write a letter these days. The postal...

About the Author

John Thomson is the Okanagan's pre-eminent business columnist writing his column, Rumours and Things, for over 24 years. Plugged in to the valley's who's who, John keeps his readers coming back for more with his straight talk and optimistic perspective on where we are headed next.

When John is not writing his column, he runs a sixteen year old think tank called the Executive Roundtable and holds his popular "Thomson Presents" quarterly business speaker seminars.

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