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John Thomson

Canada Lands Announcement Soon

Jul 18, 2004 / 6:00 am

We keep hearing about the 2.4 acres across from Prospera Place that Canada Lands set aside for a hotel property. Although there has been rumour after rumour, this just may be it. It is said a developer is ready to put his $2.5 million on the table and the big date is July 26. I have some names...

BC Business Top 100

Jul 17, 2004 / 6:00 am

Every year at this time BC Business does a report on the 100 top public, private, and crown corporations in the province. It is an intensive research operation and once again companies from the Okanagan made the list. Last year, revenues of $136 million were enough to rank among the top 100. This...

Ponzi Scammer Gets Jail Time

Jul 16, 2004 / 6:00 am

For years I wrote about the Tri-West Investment Club and the ugly scam was sucking up investors in this valley like a vacuum cleaner. The club was promoting an investment program to trade fictitious “prime bank” securities. Cheques were to be made out to the Haarlem Universal Corporation and...

Watch For ATM Scams

Jul 15, 2004 / 6:00 am

These ATM scams are getting more sophisticated all the time so you have to keep watch when you are using your bank machine. The RCMP warned this past week of machines in Vancouver being used for a debit card skimming operation. This is the same scam the Ontario Provincial Police warned us about....

50% Increase In New Products

Jul 14, 2004 / 6:00 am

Can you even remember a single new product that was launched last year in your favorite food store or drug store? How about that new razor or the Clorox Bleach Pen, Glad Press ’n Seal, Hershey Swoops chocolate slices? Last year alone 33,677 items were released to the marketplace. Most you...

Energy Efficient Show Home

Jul 13, 2004 / 6:00 am

They have created quite a reputation for themselves, Scott Tyerman and Bill Stuart and their AuthenTech Homes. It all started in 1991. Their shelves are lined with numerous awards but it’s more than that. They have generated a style that produces superior homes in their chosen lifestyle ...

Wal-Mart Native Land Expansion

Jul 12, 2004 / 6:00 am

From Canadian Grocer Magazine’s newsletter, Wal-Mart has set its sights on B.C.’s First Nation’s communities as it proceeds with expansion plans in British Columbia. Wal-Mart is said to be looking at setting up shop on some of the province’s reservations, a move that would allow the giant...

Touch The Flame

Jul 11, 2004 / 6:00 am

Last year after the fires a group of local writers got together for one of their monthly sessions and it seemed that every one in room had a story on the fire, some funny, some tragic. The stories were all about people and the things they did or what happened to them during the amazing time. They...

BC Leading Growth

Jul 10, 2004 / 10:17 am

The elections are over and the first news out of Bay Street is the Scotiabank’s report on how good things are going in B.C. and how that should continue for years to come. The report was written by Mary Webb, Scotia’s senior economist. She basically said we are on a hot streak and our...

It's Ice Cream Season

Jul 9, 2004 / 6:00 am

This is ice cream season, and if you’re on a diet there are even blends from makers like Breyers Smart Scoop. It’s not bad at all. They just can’t call the product ice cream. Instead they call it frozen desert. Keeps us happy. Ice cream has always been one of my favorite things and a cone...

Real Estate Record Increase

Jul 8, 2004 / 6:00 am

Can we talk about success for a moment, because that is the story being written by the real estate industry here. In 2004, after six months 1,580 sales have been completed. That is a healthy 11 per cent increase over last year at this time. That means 250 homes a month with no peaks and...

Big Box Hardware Grows

Jul 7, 2004 / 6:00 am

Rona Home & Garden Centre’s call themselves - The How-To People - and as we have told you before, they have plans for a store in Vernon in 2005. The site was an original Revy planned expansion, now it will be privately owned as a franchise. That was scheduled to be a 50,000 square foot...

Valley Spa & Resort Expansions

Jul 6, 2004 / 6:00 am

When you see the list of hotels and resorts in the planning stages or getting ready for construction in the Okanagan Valley, it emphasizes how much this area will become a larger destination area for travelers in the future. There is the possibility of ten new facilities across the valley in the...

Marketers Should Target 55+

Jul 5, 2004 / 6:00 am

I took two calls this week during the supper hour just to see what they are surveying these days. The first one was from Alberta and the caller said it was about tourism and could she ask me some questions. I thought, great I’ll get a line on what Alberta is doing to bring us to their province...

Roca Anyone?

Jul 4, 2004 / 6:00 am

What does the word Roca mean to you? How about Christmas. Every holiday season we would have a can of “Almond Roca.” I can’t remember having it at any other time, back then. Of course now it is available all the time in your local drug store. It has been produced for 92 years by the...

Lay Off On Martha Stewart

Jul 3, 2004 / 6:00 am

Martha Stewart is guilty. I can accept that. The jury, heard the evidence, arguments and convicted her of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and lying twice to federal investigators when she was not under oath. This was all over a sale of some stock in a less than chancy company, Imclone, which...

Okanagan Spring Expansion?

Jul 2, 2004 / 6:00 am

As we reported last month, Sleeman Breweries, Canada’s largest premium brewer and third overall in Canada, is looking ahead to producing more product for the Canadian market and is striving for a fifteen per cent slice of the market in the next five years. Canadian tastes have made the...

Wine In A Box

Jul 1, 2004 / 5:30 am

I asked Dave Skoglund about the car wash business at his three locations during this heat wave. Early morning at the Orchard Park Car Wash on the Highway there was a steady line up. “It really is like this everyday, and we seem to get all the people ready to have the inside of their cars done...

Phase 2 Of Central Park Begins

Jun 30, 2004 / 5:30 am

It is a happening place this new power shopping center at Central Park. The first phase has been a huge success. The phase two is about to begin, with the first shovels in the ground for the Wal-Mart store. The 133,500 square foot store should be open Feb 5, 2005. There is a provision for a...

Remodeling For Joey Tomatoes

Jun 29, 2004 / 5:30 am

The remodeling of the Joey Tomatoes site in Kelowna is moving along a lot faster than you would think as you drive by the property. We have had so many inquiries about what is happening there and when would it reopen, or is something new going on the site etc. We decided to get you some answers. ...

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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