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John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Apr 26, 2012 / 11:30 am
I have been quite ill for the last few weeks and didn’t know quite what was wrong. Cold, flu, coughing from my boot tops. All the things you don’t want to happen when you’re on dialysis. It leaves you so weak and tired, but things are on the mend and positive. It has been...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Apr 5, 2012 / 8:00 am
One of the most important deals that Target Stores Canada has made since their buyout of the Zellers stores in Canada was the arrangement they made with Sobeys, Canada’s second largest grocer with 1300 stores across the country. For Target it saves a great deal of time and money...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 29, 2012 / 8:00 am
The public is being bombarded with TV and radio commercials, and those ever-changing phone calls to their homes and their cell phones about debt reduction or elimination. If you owe $10,000 or more their experts these experts are supposed to help; just give them a call. These experts...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 22, 2012 / 8:00 am
I was in the service station last week, and while I was waiting to pay the cashier said to another person in the office, “Here is the man that knows all about Kraft Dinner.” My reputation precedes me and over the years I have written many words about Kraft Dinner. I mean what good...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 15, 2012 / 8:00 am
The bankruptcy judge opened the bids for the purchase of the Tower Ranch Golf Resort property and with some adjustment I understand the winning bid went to the Carrington Group of Companies from Edmonton. The Kelowna Springs golf course was second and a local group third. The price:...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 8, 2012 / 8:00 am
I Didn’t Know That! Mar.8/12 Will Costco build a warehouse store in West Kelowna? That’s a question from one of my readers and has been a question for the last few years with all the retail activity on west side of the...

John Thomson's I Didn't Know That!

Mar 1, 2012 / 8:00 am
I Didn’t Know That! There is no question things are changing at Predator Ridge Golf all for the better as the new Vice President of Wesbild Holdings Okanagan, Brad Pelletier, is making some neat moves as he builds his...
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John Thomson's Back!

Feb 23, 2012 / 9:19 am
Here I am, back at the old computer after nine months off because of some health problems I am having. I needed to get back to work and I am happy to be here. I will be writing my new column every Thursday. I hope you will join me. I never did retire; that wasn’t my purpose, I just...

John Thomson retires

May 17, 2011 / 5:00 am
This is probably the most difficult piece that I have ever had to write but I wanted my readers to know what is happening with The Thomson Report for the future. I have decided to put the column to bed. I have been writing the column since 1989, twenty-two years. I have some...

Here and there

May 3, 2011 / 5:00 am
Boosting entrepreneurial talent is critical for our country’s future. Successful CEOs and business leaders from across Canada will be taking an intensive program at the Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario. Emil Anderson Construction has announced that President...

Here and there

Apr 28, 2011 / 5:00 am
Right behind the Polson Place Mall is the place where Kal Tire is building their new world headquarters. It will be a building housing three hundred staff and their many companies from all over the world. Greyback Construction of Penticton is the builder. Kal Tire is a wholly-owned...

Rumours and things

Apr 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
I know you have always wondered what makes owning a Tim Hortons such a profitable business, and believe me, it is a lot of hard work for those that own these franchises. Right now there is a most difficult court battle in Ontario between a small group of franchise operators and the...

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Apr 26, 2011 / 5:00 am
As consumers fret and complain about the ever-rising cost of gasoline, economist Jeff Rubin has a deeper concern. Canada could very well be heading into another economic downturn as the cost of oil and prices at the pump continue to surge to the highest levels. Is there a coincidence...

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Apr 14, 2011 / 5:00 am
It’s a go. The sixth tower at Landmark Centre will, over the next two years, head to the sky with seventeen floors and 230,000 sq.ft. of commercial space. Building six will be located directly across from building four. The new building will be equipped with the...

Rumours and things

Apr 13, 2011 / 5:00 am
I was watching the news on Global Vancouver the other day when they started to discuss the coming of Target stores to Canada. Their question to the guest was about rumours that Target would be charging more for goods in the Canadian stores than they would be in the store in Bellingham,...

Thomson report

Apr 12, 2011 / 5:00 am
I met these four people in 2002 when they had just got the idea for their business after graduating from the Centre for Arts and Technology Okanagan (CATO) and were about to start their new advertising agency. The four were Giuseppe Simpatico (Sep), Vivian Turgeon, John Bos and Brad...

Thomson report: April 5

Apr 6, 2011 / 5:00 am
When I first interviewed David Burke it was after he left Western Star Trucks as CFO when the company was sold. He had purchased a new business venture almost immediately. Vadim, was a software company started in the 90s with offices in the Rutland area. This was a new venture and...

Thomson report: April 6

Apr 6, 2011 / 5:00 am
It was forty years ago when Dave Lund and his wife Debbie decided that Kelowna would be the next place they would like to live and this was their opportunity to buy a business. Here, let Dave tell the story: We had a small family with a three-month-old daughter and a...

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Mar 29, 2011 / 5:00 am
My wife had difficulty getting home from the south where she was vacationing with our daughters. The return flight couldn’t leave because of mechanical problems and WestJet had to bring in a mechanic from Los Angeles. She said that WestJet did everything to make the passengers...

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Mar 23, 2011 / 5:00 am
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that disgruntled cell phone customers can pursue class-action lawsuits against Telus and other providers, even if they signed away that right in a contract. ************************* Canadian Tire recently launched a fully...

Thomson report

Mar 22, 2011 / 5:00 am
The situation in Japan is tragic and worrying. Our hearts continue to go out to those affected and responding. Many charities are aggressively soliciting donations, often in ways we feel are misleading. I spoke with Give Well; the New York based non-profit organization that evaluates...

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Mar 16, 2011 / 5:00 am
Although 75% of Canadians surveyed say their trust in banks has stayed the same or has increased in the past 12 months, almost 64% say they plan to switch banks or have already done so because of service quality issues, says an Ernst & Young report just released. In a new era of customer...

Thomson report

Mar 15, 2011 / 5:00 am
The average Canadian who files for bankruptcy owes $59,800 not counting his mortgage and is a 41-year-old married man with four credit cards, according to a report by a Kitchener-based bankruptcy trustee. The information, released by Hoyes Michalos & Associates says this amount owed by the...

Rumours and things

Mar 10, 2011 / 5:00 am
Don’t you just love rumours? I have been writing about them successfully for twenty-two years. Like always, we have a new big one making the rounds. Actually it is two rumours about the same company. It’s about Costco and more stores for the valley. The rumour regarding the West Kelowna store...

Thomson report

Mar 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
Ten dumb things to do with your tax refund 1. Spending it rather than investing it Getting a lump sum of cash is a great time to consider investing, especially in a tax-advantaged vehicle like an RRSP or other account that will allow your earnings to grow tax-deferred. Saving might not be as...

Thomson report

Mar 8, 2011 / 5:00 am
It looks like it is a finally a go for the Sheraton Four Points Hotel across from the entrance to the Kelowna International Airport. Argus Properties of Kelowna is the developer. It's good to hear that the project is going ahead as it has been a rumour mill for years and years and if my numbers...

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Mar 3, 2011 / 5:00 am
I have written about it many times as we anxiously awaited the official announcement that Al Stober Construction would go forward with their with their plans for building #6 at Landmark Centre. It was in 1994 that the builder started the work on building #1 and one year later the Landmark Centre...

Thomson report

Mar 2, 2011 / 5:00 am
Project Build has already outfitted 23 families with their mortgage down-payment grants of $45K each since Project Build went into operation January 2010. Seventeen grants are still available as of now. “It’s basically a free down payment provided by a group of local businesses that are...

Rumours and things

Mar 1, 2011 / 5:00 am
A new restaurant for Kelowna’s Pandosy strip. The building where Liquidation World was for a number of years is being remodeled for an Original Joe’s. It will be the Calgary chain's ninth location in B.C. It already has sites in West Kelowna and Vernon plus 17 more across the prairies. The...

Thomson report

Feb 22, 2011 / 5:00 am
REAL ESTATE REPORT – February 2011 Provided by Rob Marak Royal LePage 250-470-1311 With all of the talk on the news channels, radio and print advertising, it seems that there is confusion in our marketplace. It is amazing how many varying opinions there are. You would think that it would be...

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Feb 17, 2011 / 5:00 am
The Board of Directors of Boundary Sawmill Inc. (BSI) announced that the deal for the purchase of the former Pope and Talbot mill located at Midway, BC has been finalized. Doug McMynn, President of BSI said, “It’s been a hectic week to finish off the negotiations however we are happy and...

Thomson report

Feb 16, 2011 / 5:00 am
Kelowna Urban Systems Ltd. took the top award for design and contract preparation of roads at the 7th annual Deputy Minister’s Awards for Consulting Engineers for its work on the Highway 97 Westside Road Interchange, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Shirley Bond announced last...

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Feb 15, 2011 / 5:00 am
Now that the party is over and all of us who participated in the 17th annual Wendy’s DreamLift day can really let it all sink in about what really happened on that happy day. Because everything worked like a well made watch, it certainly looks like another flight to Disneyland for the children...

Thomson report

Feb 10, 2011 / 5:00 am
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia (ICABC) has honoured Kelowna’s Donald (Don) Turri, FCA with the fellowship (FCA) designation. Fellowship is bestowed on CAs in recognition of the service they have provided to the profession and/or the honour they have brought to the...

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Feb 9, 2011 / 5:00 am
Good news for the restaurant customers at The Bay. The company announced from Toronto that their plans call for a remolding of the restaurant in the Kelowna store. I can’t remember if the restaurant has been there since we moved here 33 years ago or not. It seems like it has been there...

Rumours and things

Feb 3, 2011 / 5:00 am
The RCMP have started a probe into the failed Bear Mountain resort in Victoria. It was rumoured last week that this would be happening and the RCMP confirmed such was happening on Friday. This is all about the bankruptcy of the Bear Mountain Resort and real estate development in Victoria. HSBC...

Thomson report

Feb 2, 2011 / 5:00 am
Super Bowl Sunday is coming and pie-makers across the country are bracing for a pizza reaction. Turns out this is one of the five big pizza days of the year. The other four? Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Why does pizza get such a big slice of the...

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Feb 1, 2011 / 5:00 am
Target Corp. said Tuesday that it has promoted Tony Fisher to president of Target Canada as the retailer prepares to open its first stores in the country. The chain tapped an 11-year employee to lead its Canadian business. Fisher served most recently as vice president of merchandise operation. In...

Rumours and things

Jan 27, 2011 / 5:00 am
For the third straight year, the percentage of consumers that are purchasing organic products has held steady in the 38-39% range, reports Shelton, CT-based marketing research and consulting company, TABS Group, Inc. While there has been no growth in the buyer count of organic products since last...

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Jan 26, 2011 / 5:00 am
There is one column on Saturdays I never miss and that is the Eat Drink guide with Anthony Gismondi. This past week he wrote about restaurants and their need to make some changes with their food and wine prices. It is worth reading for anyone in the food business. But I like this quote, “When a...