Furniture, Hardware, Grocery and Appliance Shopping in Canada

<strong>Find out about the Canadian</strong> chain stores that supply the basic furniture, home furnishings, white goods, electrical appliances and DIY for your home...

In Canada, shops opening hours are regulated by individual provinces and territories, and in some areas by local municipalities. For example, in British Columbia and Alberta, stores can stay open all day all year round; in other provinces such as Ontario and Québec stores must close on major holidays.

Few stores are open 24/7, and in general most shopping centres and large stores are open from approximately 09:00 or 10:00 until 22:00.

What follows is a small selection of basic grocery, self-service furniture, appliance, office, health and beauty and DIY hardware chains stores in Canada.

Supermarkets

  • Choices Supermarket: Vancouver based chain, which is the largest provider of natural and organic food, including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options
  • IGA: Independent Grocers Alliance, the worlds largest voluntary supermarket chain. Includes a bakery, dairy, delicatessen, frozen foods, general grocery, meat, produce, seafood, snacks, liquor, batteries
  • Loblaws: Ontario, Québec and British Columbia supermarket with international foods, bakeries, and counters for meat, cheese and fish
  • Maxi: Québec-based supermarket chain with a focus on discount groceries
  • Metro: Québec-based supermarket chain with branches in Ontario. Offers Quebecois and Canadian brands and produce
  • Safeway: One of North America's largest grocery chains, providing groceries, baked goods, dairy products, a delicatessen, dry cleaning, frozen foods, fuel, lottery, chemist/pharmacy, photographic processing, produce, seafood, snack food, liquor, flowers, and includes a Western Union onsite
  • Save on Foods: British Columbia and Alberta based supermarket chain, providing both Save on Foods brand and other well known brands. Stores include onsite pharmacy and some provide nutrition tours, health clinics, photo development and change recycling centres
  • Stongs: Gourmet supermarket offering produce, delicatessen and grocery products. Includes products such as exotic seafood, gourmet meats and international produce and local delicacies including fine meats and cheeses. Offers a delivery service
  • Supervalu: Provides both a discounted range and premium products including groceries, baked goods, dairy products, delicatessen, produce, seafood, frozen foods and nearly 900 in-store pharmacies.

Department Stores

  • Army and Navy: Discount department store selling men's, women's and children's clothing and apparel, outdoor clothing and equipment and homeware
  • Canadian Tire: One of Canada's largest publicly traded companies, operating under the following brands: Canadian Tire retail, Canadian Tire online, Partsource Automotive Services, Financial Services, Canadian Tire Petroleum and Mark's Work Warehouse. Sells automotive, sports and leisure, and home products
  • Costco: Provides appliances, automotive, adult and children's wear, grocery, pharmacy, jewellery, floral, hardware, outdoor and indoor furniture and white goods
  • Hudsons Bay Co (The Bay): The oldest commercial corporation in North America, HBC is the owner of The Bay, Zellers, Home Outfitters and Fields. Provides homeware, furniture and accessories, apparel, and home goods. Also operates financial and Credit Card services
  • London Drugs: Canadian owned superstore, specialising in pharmaceuticals, homeware, cosmetics, electronics and groceries
  • Sears: American department store selling clothing, footwear, bedding, furniture, jewellery, beauty products, appliances, housewares, tools, and electronics. Has a number of subsidiary companies including Sears Grand (hypermarket stores), Sears Essentials and Sears Optical
  • Walmart: Large chain of discount department stores including Walmart discount department stores and Walmart Super Centres (both hypermarkets), supermarkets for the Hispanic population in North America, banking facilities and "Sam's Club" (a chain of bulk buying grocery and hardware stores)

Furniture Stores

  • Bombay Co: Range of living room, bedroom and home office furniture. Also home accessories, textiles and lighting
  • IKEA: Swedish-owned furniture shop for all home and home office furniture, soft furnishings, home accessories, flooring, crockery and children's toys
  • Pier 1 Imports: Furniture and soft furnishings store providing a wide range of exotic, colourful and eye catching designs that are sourced offshore
  • Sleep Country Canada: Canadian company specialising in mattresses, pillows and bed linen. Is best known for its radio jingle, "Why buy a mattress anywhere else?"
  • The Brick: Retailer of furniture, mattresses, appliances, electronics, soft furnishings and home accents
  • United Furniture Warehouse: Canadian discount furniture retailer selling indoor, outdoor and home office furniture

Electronics and Appliance Stores

  • Audio Video: Specialising in home and car audio and video systems and products
  • Best Buy: Electronic goods for the kitchen and home including TVs, DVD players, iPods, MP3, Hi-Fi, Sat-Nav, telephones and computers
  • Future Shop: Canada's largest electronics outlet selling computers and computer products, TV, video and audio products, appliances, car and marine appliances and more
  • London Drugs: Canadian owned superstore, providing home electronics
  • The Source: Specialists in Hi-Fi, TVs, DVD players, iPods, MP3, Sat-Navs, games, office equipment, telephones and computers
  • Visions Electronics: Washing machines, dishwashers, home appliances, white goods, digital cameras, camcorders, home entertainment systems and computers. Also offers a service for home repairs of electronics

DIY, Hardware and Building Material

  • Home Hardware: Canadian owned store providing hardware, wallpaper, flooring, tiles, tools, machinery, doors, windows, timber, furniture and furnishings, plumbing and electronics
  • Rona: Hardware and DIY store with basic domestic hardware and lighting, paint, wallpaper and decorating tools, plumbing, electrical and timber supplies, tiles, flooring and bathroom fittings and fixtures
  • The Home Depot: DIY store with kitchens, bathrooms, garden furniture, lighting, tiles, flooring, outdoor tools and appliances, accessories for the home, building materials, timber, office and bedroom furniture

Garden Centres

  • Artknapp Plantland & Florist: Vancouver-based garden centre, also providing fashion accessories and garments, gifts and indoor and outdoor decor
  • Garden Works: Vancouver-based chain of garden centres selling plants, seeds, bulbs, pet products, water features, barbecues, garden furniture, outdoor lighting and heating, gazebos, tools and machinery
  • Potters: Chain of garden centres with house plants, outdoor plants, garden furniture, pets and pet products, aquarium products, bird boxes, bird baths and gardening accessories. Whole garden centre converts into house of horrors for Halloween and opens a specialty Christmas store during the festive season

Office Supplies and Stationery

  • Office Depot: Global supplier of office products and services. Provide office supplies and stationery, technology supplies and services and office furniture and decor. Online store available
  • Staples: The largest office products company in the world. Provides paper, pens, binders, files, media, shredders, and more
  • UPS Store: Specialises in packaging, shipping, printing, mailbox and postal services, moving supplies, corporate retail solutions and passport photos