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Old Aug 14th 2009, 8:41 pm
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There are always supermarkets like Whole Foods and Urban Fare if you're willing to pay the $$$
I work near the Urban Fare on Alberni. The deli is lovely

Over priced though and unsurprisingly hectic during lunch & at the end of the office day. I heard that some of the staff are rude? I've never experienced this...especially when I'm salivating at the bakery
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Originally Posted by hpka View Post
I was thinking about this the other day. One of the challenges that some people find when moving over is that they are looking for certain shops from home that they cannot find in Canada. For example, when I got here (to BC) I quickly worked out that these make pairs (sort of):

UK Shop - Canada Shop
Boots - London Drugs/Shoppers Drug Mart
TK Maxx - Winners
eBuyer - Newegg.ca/NCIX.com
TM Lewin - Tip Top Tailors
Next - American Eagle

But there are a few I cannot pair up. I was wondering if someone could help this new Vancouver resident?:
M&S
Primark

(plus I'm still trying to work out the entire scale on the supermarkets)

While I was thinking about this, I thought a thread of these kind of matches might be fun, so feel free to post your own matches/request for matches. Include your province just in case.
Must check out American Eagle - I miss next so much.
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Old Aug 14th 2009, 10:06 pm
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What about Mantique? or are they unique to vancouver? Sort of an upper end Top ShoP perhaps? I also like Mexx - sort of in the same realm I suppose
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Originally Posted by Whiskers View Post
I work near the Urban Fare on Alberni. The deli is lovely

Over priced though and unsurprisingly hectic during lunch & at the end of the office day. I heard that some of the staff are rude? I've never experienced this...especially when I'm salivating at the bakery
I'm near the one on hastings & bute. I like their deli too.
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Originally Posted by BristolUK View Post
Waterstones = Chapters
Primark = Giant Tiger
John Lewis = Sears
Tesco = Superstore
Sainsbury = Sobeys
Pound shop = Dollarama
HMV = HMV
Staples = Staples
Sorry there is no way Sear is like for like with John Lewis - just cant agree on that one.
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Originally Posted by Miss Clinque View Post
Sorry there is no way Sear is like for like with John Lewis - just cant agree on that one.
Holt Renfrew is quite a nice shop in the style of a department store. Perhaps it's analogous to John Lewis. The market is different though, people in Canada who have money don't shop here, even ordinary people who want something nice for a special occasion don't shop here, whereas affluent people who live in the UK do shop in the UK and rich people from abroad shop in the UK; there's more of a market for expensive things there.
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Found it pretty funny when the parents visited and recognised so many shops - obviously the concept of globalisation passed them by...... Think they were expecting Bear and Seal skin shops etc Before we moved here my mother asked me if they have supermarkets in Canada No.... we have to go hunting!
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Originally Posted by lmartin999 View Post
Supermarkets here are awful for so many reasons.
....I miss the 'self check-out' aisles at Tesco/Morrisons.
I'm surprised I haven't found Walmart with them yet.......maybe in the near future.
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Originally Posted by pinzo View Post
....I miss the 'self check-out' aisles at Tesco/Morrisons.
I'm surprised I haven't found Walmart with them yet.......maybe in the near future.
Pretty much all of the supermarkets have them - with the exception of Walmart....
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Originally Posted by G77 View Post
Pretty much all of the supermarkets have them - with the exception of Walmart....
I haven't found one yet! Fortinos and Sobeys I go to doesn't have them either.........I guess I'm shopping at the wrong place. Sad really, the highlight of my shopping trip is scanning the items myself !
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I haven't found one yet! Fortinos and Sobeys I go to doesn't have them either.........I guess I'm shopping at the wrong place. Sad really, the highlight of my shopping trip is scanning the items myself !
Are you talking about the handheld scanners you walk around with or the tills where you scan them yourself? I haven't seen the former here, but the latter are common - I won't use them though with more than a dozen items, too much like hard work!
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Originally Posted by pinzo View Post
....I miss the 'self check-out' aisles at Tesco/Morrisons.
I'm surprised I haven't found Walmart with them yet.......maybe in the near future.
Safeway on Robson (vancouver) has them
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No Frills is pretty much a Lidl with more brand names.
Zellers reminds me of Woolworth's.
Sobey's or Safeway, Sainsburys (both are pretty expensive)
Walmart- ASDA (obviously)
Canadian Tire (auto section)- Halfords
Canadian Superstore- Tesco
For catalogue ordering- Sears (I hear nothing but people complaining about Sears though)
Shopper's Drug Mart- Boots
Rexall Drug Store- kinda reminds me of Superdrug
Home Depot- B&Q, there's also Rona and Home Hardware for DIY supplies.
Chapters- Waterstones
The Dollar Store and Dollarama for cheap essentials, much better than the UK pound stores.
The Source, Future Shop- Currys
The Brick- Harveys
Old Navy- Primark
The Bay- Debenhams
M&M Meats- frozen meat products an frozen ready prepared meals- kinda like Iceland I guess.
Sangster's- Holland & Barrett
Payless Shoes- Shoe Zone

There's also several familiar names such as La Senza, HMV, IKEA, Costco.

We haven't found ourselves missing any of the UK stores as there's plenty here that are equivalent if not better than some of the UK stores, the only one I'm really missing is Debenhams as I liked their clothes ranges.
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