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Future Shops closes all 131 Canada retail locations

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | April 2, 2015

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis week, Canada’s largest retailer of consumer electronics abruptly shut the doors of of its 131 Future Shop locations.  After more than 32 years in business, Future Shop closed 66 stores on Saturday, March 28, 2015. The remaining 65 locations  will reopen within the week under the banner of U.S.-based owner, Best Buy. (See maps of Future Shop and Best Buy locations, below).


 Future Shop Canada locations

Future Shop Canada

Best Buy Canada locations

Best Buy Canada Store Map

With many of the Future Shop locations within walking distance of a Best Buy–some just a parking lot  away–the closures will dramatically reduce Best Buy’s real estate footprint, while still providing consumers with a neighbourhood big box electronics store.

It’s been a tough year for Canadian retailers and the thousands of employees whose lives have been affected by store closures. Hopefully, many former Future Shop employees will be able to put their electronics knowledge and customer service skills to work at the newly opened Best Buy stores.

Electronic shopping malls and smaller electronics reduce or eliminate the need for brick-and-mortar storefronts.

It’s a changing world, and consumer electronics are being delivered to us in smaller packages requiring less retail storage space. For example, big stereo systems have been replaced with iPods and giant desktop monitors and computers have been shunned in favour of thin, lightweight laptops and tablets. And, of course, there’s the convenience of on-line shopping, which makes price comparison quick and easy and, as an added incentive, delivery is usually fast and free. It’s a win-win-win situation for consumers and smart retailers are continually evolving to meet their customers’ needs.

The bottom line…

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Gloria Sauve
Communications and Marketing

Stats Map of the Week: Walmart just keeps on growing!

| StatsMap | February 16, 2015

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On January 29, 2015: Walmart Canada completed its expansion plans for its fiscal year 2015 with the opening of 11 supercentres . These completed real estate projects bring Walmart Canada’s total store count to 394 stores, including 280 supercentres and 114 discount stores.


Walmart Canada Locations January 2015


But wait, there’s more…

Walmart, which ranks first on the Fortune 500 list of the world’s largest companies by revenues (a cool $473 billion in sales in 2014), says it plans to add yet another 29 new supercentre stores in Canada over the next 12 months, with openings scheduled for January 2016.

The expansion is expected to cost $340 million and create 3,700 construction jobs, 1,000 in-store jobs and 300 new positions at distribution centres.

The $340 million price tag will bring Canadian shoppers:

  • 29 new stores ($230 million)
  • more distribution centres ($75 million)
  • expanded online offerings ($35 million)

Walmart says the locations of specific store and distribution centre projects will be announced over the coming weeks and months as projects become finalized.

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Gloria Sauve
Finance and Marketing

Red Lion Data in Action

| Red Lion Data in action | February 11, 2015

Once again, Red Lion Data works with the media to bring you important news.

payday-loans-sign-cbcRed Lion Data recently provided Global News with a collection of location data sets which were used in the production of an  article entitled, Chequed out: Inside the payday loan cycle. 

The article, published on February 11, gives readers the inside scoop on how those “payday loan” cycles actually work. Check out the location maps within the article to see how payday loan store fronts are strategically located in lower income areas.  Take a few minutes to read it for yourself–you will be enlightened and amazed.

Thanks, again, to Global News for the opportunity to put Red Lion Data location datasets to work for communities across Canada. Congratulations to Global News for a very well-reserched and well-written article.

Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Looking for UK retail location data sets? 

| Milestones, New datasets, News | February 10, 2015

Big Ben and UK FlagAnother Milestone for RLD!

Red Lion Data (RLD) is happy to announce that we have expanded our catalogue to include the United Kingdom.  

Check out our catalogue to see our wide variety of UK retailers…and keep coming back, because we will be adding several hundred more over the coming weeks.

Okay, gotta run, it’s tea time!



Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Target Stores Canada Map

| StatsMap | January 16, 2015

Americans may love their Target stores, but Canadians…not so much.

If Canadians had to pick a theme song for Target, it might be the Beatles’ “Hello, Good-bye.”

Target Corporation has just announced that it will immediately begin closing its 133 Canada locations. Within the next four or five months, there will be no sign that Target ever existed in Canada.


Target Stores – Canada Map


Excited by the huge media build-up in 2013, Canadians were practically breathless waiting for Target to open its doors. But, higher-than-expected prices and empty shelves have left Canadians frustrated and disappointed. I visited my local Target store here in Ottawa on two occasions, and both times I left empty-handed.

Obviously, Target just doesn’t know the Canadian market and they underestimated the competition–of course, I’m referring to Walmart–which does understand and cater to Canadians’ needs. Walmart’s almost 400 stores in Canada serve more than one million customers each day. Additionally, its online store,, is visited by over 250,000 Canadians daily. So, I guess Canadian shoppers will get along fine without Target.

The real sadness in Target’s departure from Canada is the 17,600 employees who will be looking for work. Target has, however, promised that each and every employee will receive a minimum of 16 weeks severance pay. Small consolation, but better than nothing.

Happy Holidays!

| Christmas Messages | December 19, 2014

Austin's Pre-prom party 2012 (9)It’s that wonderful time of the year, when the city is sparkling with lights, children are being extra-good in the hope that Santa has them on his Nice List and, as the song says, “shoppers rush home with their treasures.” It’s a crazy-good time for retailers, as Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and Boxing Day sales send profits soaring.

It’s been a stellar year for Red Lion Data, too. Our catalogue now proudly offers more than 2,200 retailers totaling more than 2 million locations. Our client base has grown in leaps and bounds, as we continue to serve our returning customers and welcome new ones. Your patronage has helped Red Lion Data become a world-class provider of location data!

With the holidays fast approaching, we are looking forward to spending some well-earned time with family and friends. Whatever you are celebrating this December, we wish you and yours a wonderful celebration and a happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

We look forward to serving you well in 2015 and beyond.

From all of us here at Red Lion Data, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Feliz Navidad!

Peter Rochon
CEO, Red Lion Data

Michaels Stores Locations Map for USA and Canada

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | December 15, 2014

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How to relax without drugs or therapy!

MichaelsLogoWith today’s high-paced lifestyles, many of us are looking for ways to relax and tune out the stresses of rush-hour traffic, demanding jobs, family pressures and conflicting priorities. Some are looking for a way to release their inner artist or “Martha Stewart.” Still others are simply following their passions. So, what do they all have in common? Crafting. And, crafting is big business!

From the small independent craft shops and on-line merchants to chain stores, such as Hobby Town USA and Hobby Lobby, with 160 and 569 locations, respectively, the number of craft stores is on the rise. But, the mother of them all is Michaels, with a whopping 1,040 stores across the United States and another 109 in Canada.

 Michaels USA Store Map

Michaels Store Map

Michaels has over 1040 stores in the USA

Canadians love their handicrafts, too!

 Michaels Canada Store Map

Michaels Store Canada Map

Michaels has 109 stores in the Canada

Sometimes you just have to make time for yourself! Check out Michaels today, I guarantee you will find something for your special hobby or, maybe you’ll be inspired to try something brand new! Either way, before you go, don’t forget to visit their site for a great discount coupon.

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Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing


PetSmart USA and Canada Location Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | November 5, 2014

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What have you done for your pet, lately?

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If you were a dog or a cat–well, you wouldn’t be reading this story–but you just might be at one of the 1,255 Pet Smart locations in the U.S. or the 92 in Canada. (See location maps below)


PetSmart’s 1,255 store locations in the USA

PetSmart Store Map

PetSmart’s 92 store locations in Canada

PetSmart Store MapMore than just a pet store, PetSmart offers a wide range of services for your dog or cat. You and your pets can stroll through the store, together, to stock up on food, treats, toys and, even a new bed for Fuzzy.

The in-store PetSmart grooming salons offer a variety of services, from a simple “bath and brush” to the Top Dog package that includes a bath, grooming, nail clipping, teeth brushing and a stylish bandanna or hair bows.bone booth

When you need to go away for business or pleasure,  your furry babies can “vacation” at one of the 200 PetsHotels, conveniently located right inside PetSmart locations. Every PetsHotel offers accommodations ranging from the standard kennel cage to private suites that include a bed and a television tuned to the local animal channel for Fuzzy’s viewing pleasure. Want to talk to your pet while you’re away? No problem, a PetsHotel caregiver will bring Fuzzy to the bone phone to take your call.

PetSmart doesn’t just take care of your pets, they help take care of pets nationwide with their grant programs, which funded 2,800 animal welfare agencies between 1994 and 2013, for a whopping total of $212 million. Now, that is pet love!


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Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing

Canada Post geared up for 2014 Holiday Parcel Frenzy

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | November 5, 2014

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Canada Post’s 6,000 post offices are ready to handle the 2014 holiday onslaught of parcels.

Canada Post Map

Canada Post Location Map – click to view larger map

The 2014 holiday season is right around the corner, and Canada Post has already begun its annual tradition of weekend parcel delivery.

“Last year,  for the first time in its history, Canada Post delivered one million parcels in a single day on two occasions –December 10 and December 17.”  

More than 3,000 seasonal workers have been hired to complement Canada Post’s 49,000 delivery and processing employees. That translates into approximately 2oo,ooo delivery hours across the country over the holiday period.

Delivering two-thirds of all parcels ordered online, Canada Post ensures that retailers keep up with customer demands and that your packages arrive in time for the holidays–from coast to coast to coast.

The bottom line…

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Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Taking on the giant: Redbox vs Netflix

| Chain Store Map, StatsMap | September 23, 2014

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The closing of Blockbuster, North America’s mammoth video rental stores, has a lot of people seeing RED…REDBOX, that is!

Redbox,owned by Outerwall Inc. (OUTR), first made its appearance in the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2002, with a mere 11 video kiosks. By 2012, the number of Redbox kiosks had exploded to more than 42,000 in the United States and over 1,300 in Canada.

With the majority of them accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Redbox, provides a convenient and inexpensive service to movie-lovers and video game enthusiasts, alike.

With more than 42,000 Redbox kiosks in the  United States, Americans don’t have far to go to rent the latest movies and video games.


Redbox Map USA – 42,172 locations

 The number of Redboxes in Canada grew from just 265 locations in 2012 to over 1300 locations in 2014.

Red Box Canada 2014 - 1308 Locations

Red Box Canada 2014 – 1308 Locations

Redboxes: just a trend, or here to stay?

While both Redbox and its major competitor, Netflix, offer DVD rental services, each has some pros and cons. For example, Netflix offers a wider variety of movies and television shows, free snail mail delivery to your home and no return dates. Redbox, on  the other hand, offers the convenience of grabbing new-release movies on your way out of the grocery store and many other retail locations. It just comes down to a matter of personal preference. But the big question is, will the uber convenience of streaming video kill the DVD rental services, altogether?

Redbox Instant: taking on the giant!

With the success of Redbox kiosks under its belt, Redbox Instant by Verizon is the new kid in the playground and it’s ready to take on Netflix, which is currently the world’s leading Internet subscription service for movies and TV shows. So how do they compare? Well, for $7.99 a month, Netflix subscribers can watch unlimited movies and TV shows streamed over the Internet to PCs, Macs and televisions. And, the expanding base of devices streaming from Netflix include Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Sony’s PS3 and Nintendo’s Wii, Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as Apple TV and Google TV. All tolled, more than 700 devices can stream from Netflix! The Netflix database currently boasts more than 60,000 movies!

Redbox isn’t flinching, though. Its’ new video-streaming service, which made its debut in March of 2013, has been designed specifically with movie-lovers in mind. For $8 a month, Redbox subscribers can enjoy streaming movies plus four nights of DVD rentals every month. The same package deal through Netflix will run subscribers $16 a month. While Redbox Instant’s database of movies is about 55,000 compared to Netflix’ 60,000, it continues to grow daily.

The bottom line…

Redbox has grown exponentially over the past few years but, how long will those Redboxes be around now that Redbox Instant is available?

Will Redbox Instant streaming movies become a serious threat to it’s biggest competitor, Netflix?

What do you think?

P.S. Redbox Instant is not yet available in Canada.

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Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Chain Store Maps – Walgreens and CVS Store Maps

| Chain Store Map, StatsMap | August 29, 2014

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With so many brands and locations to choose from these days, most of us have a favorite coffee shop, fast food restaurant and supermarket, right? With the corner drug store long gone, we now have a choice of pharmacies, too. That’s great news for consumers! But, what’s the difference between the two largest chains, CVS and Walgreens?

While both CVS and Walgreens enjoy a huge retail presence, there’s more to these two giants than meets the eye. But, first, have a look at the Red Lion Data location maps to give you a better idea of just how many there are.


The total number of  Walgreens pharmacies, which includes those across the United States, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands,  is currently at 8107 (Red Lion Data, June, 2014), with a heavier concentration in the eastern half of the United States.

Walgreens map

Walgreens map – click for large map



The CVS pharmacies number 7530 (Red Lion Data, July 2014), which includes those in the United States, Puerto Rico and Brazil. This number puts CVS  in a close second behind Walgreens. As with Walgreens, CVS shows a heavier concentration on the eastern half of the United States.

CVS Store map

CVS Store map – click for large map

 According to Fortune 500…

So, how do these two mammoth companies rank on the Fortune 500 scale?

cvs_logo_largeSurprisingly, despite having fewer locations, CVS ranks twelfth on the Fortune 500 scale, with total revenues of $126,761 billion and total profits of $4,592 billion


Walgreens logo

Walgreens comes in at 37th place, with total revenues of $72,217 billion and total profits of $2,450 billion.

That, folks, is a huge difference and, as they say, the numbers don’t lie. So, while CVS and Walgreens offer similar products and services, and both are responding to the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) by offering on-site primary care, why is CVS outplaying Walgreens?

First of all, make note of the fact that Walgreens is still the largest drug retailer in the United States. But, with an expanding business model, CVS is the largest retail health care provider in the country.

Walk-in clinics–they’re taking off like wildfire

Retail health care clinics first started springing up in the year 2000. However, the economic crisis put a hold on the initiative until the Affordable Care Act came into effect on March 23, 2010. As a result of that legislation more Americans now have access to primary health care than ever before. Hence, the need for more affordable primary care health services.

According to an article in Forbes, published  June 5, 2014, Walgreens  has 388 clinics in 19 states. Further, at the Forbes 2014 Healthcare Summit, the world’s most influential healthcare event, Walgreens did not announce future growth targets for its Walgreen Healthcare Clinics.

CVS currently operates 834 MinuteClinics (Red Lion Data, August 2014) in 28 states, with plans to open 150 more  this year and to have 1,500 in operation by 2017. This increase in MinuteClinics  will rival the 1600 retail clinics currently in operation across the country. 

 “MinuteClinic has earned a certain status among the healthcare establishment, forcing that establishment to recognize the retail clinic movement as a legitimate part of the health- care ecosystem,”  Tom Charlandof Merchant Medicine wrote in his report published this week. (Forbes June 5, 2014).

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As the numbers of primary health care providers and pharmacies grow, Red Lion Data will continue to update its data.

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Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

Red Lion Data Launches Location Data Download Subscriptions

| News | April 24, 2014

Friday, March 7th 2014

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Red Lion Data, one of the world’s leading providers of business location and POI data for the Canadian and U.S. retail industries, is now offering subscription-based access to their catalog of over two thousand retail brands, totaling more than 2 million retail locations.

Customers may subscribe to the entire catalog of data, or pick and choose from specific verticals, such as restaurants, pharmacies, supermarkets and chain stores.

“Every subscription includes unlimited downloads, access to all new store location data and all updates to existing data,” explained Red Lion Data’s CEO, Peter Rochon, “subscribers also enjoy priority support and amazing discounts. Our customers asked for bulk-data pricing and we are thrilled to offer our new subscription plans. Our catalogue expands every day with new retail brands, increasing the value of the subscriptions and ensuring our customers have the most up-to-date data.”

Red Lion Data’s customers include retail consultants, marketing professionals, app developers, online publishers and providers of location-based services. The data is pivotal to making informed, strategic business decisions for expansion, as well as identifying the most effective areas for promotion. The company can also create custom data sets according to client requirements.

“Our data is widely used in application mash-ups, mobile apps; business locator services; business directories; geo-mapping products and services; market and competitive analyses; and business intelligence,” said Rochon.

Consistently chosen by businesses of all sizes, Red Lion Data is committed to providing value to its customers, by recognizing the need for quality location data that is available for immediate download. The company’s repeat customers and rapidly expanding client base are testimony to the company’s quality and service.

Red Lion Data Advantages

Red Lion Data has over 2 million individual retail and restaurant store locations, covering all major retail channels.

Customers typically use the location data for site selection, competitive analysis, mapping, merchandising, marketing campaigns, and logistics. The databases are updated daily with new store locations and changes to existing store locations.

Dedicated to providing the most detailed, accurate and up-to-date information possible, Red Lion Data’s databases, are compiled and verified using a variety of highly efficient methods.

Industry standard formats for easy importing, complete addresses for each retail chain, instant downloads, and superior customer service, are just some of the reasons why Red Lion Data’s customer base continues to expand with new and repeat customers.

About Red Lion Data:
Red Lion Data is a leading online provider of retail location data bases and POI data. Consistently chosen by businesses of all sizes, Red Lion Data is committed to providing value to its customers, by recognizing the need for quality location data that is available for immediate download. Custom data sets are also available upon request.

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Chain Store Maps – Shoppers Drug Mart Canada Locations

| Chain Store Map, StatsMap | October 2, 2013

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This week’s buzz is all about the acquisition of Shopper’s Drug Mart, Canada’s largest retail pharmacy chain, by Loblaws, Canada’s largest food retailer.

On September 16, 2013, by final order of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Loblaw and Shopper’s Drug Mart became one big happy family! The cost: $12.4 billion. Although completion of the arrangements is conditional on compliance with Canada’s Competition Act, it is anticipated that the deal will be completed before the end of the first quarter of 2014.

So what’s the big question on the minds of Canadians? “What about my Optimum points? “The good-news answer is  that the Shopper’s Optimum program might be kept or merged with PC Plus or PC Points within the next three years after the sale closes.

Shopping will be even easier! After the sale is closed, Loblaw will stock Shoppers Drug Mart Life brand products and President’s Choice products could appear on Shoppers Drug Mart shelves. Life brand products might also show up at other Loblaw stores like Real Canadian Superstore.

So, it’s all good news for Canadian shoppers. And, remember: hang on to  your Optimum, PC  and PC Plus points cards!

Check out the StatsMaps below to see the Shopper’s Drug Mart locations across Canada and the Territories, and be sure to click on it for a closer look.


Map of Shoppers Drug Mart Canada Locations

Map of Shoppers Drug Mart Canada – 1318 locations


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Director of Marketing

Chain Store Maps – Tim Hortons vs Starbucks

| Chain Store Map | June 26, 2013

Every map tells a story!

Welcome to StatsMaps, a brand new feature here at Red Lion Data.
This week we’re going to find out just who likes their coffee more–Canadians or Americans.
Check out the StatsMaps below, and be sure to click on them for a closer look.

Wow! Americans really like their coffee! Or, do they?

Tim Hortons has 3,422 locations in Canada

Starbucks has 11,174 locations in the USA

With the current population of 35 million, there is one Tim Hortons coffee shop for roughly every 10,000 Canadians.
The current population of  the United States  is 316 million, which means there is one Starbucks for roughly every 28,000 Americans.

Who woulda thunk?

And now, for a little history! 

Tim Hortons USA Locations

Tim Hortons has 804 locations in the USA

Starbucks Canada Locations

Starbucks has 1228 locations in Canada

It was  in 1984 that Tim Hortons opened its first U. S. restaurant in Tonawanda, N. Y. Since then, Timmie’s (as it is lovingly referred to in Canada) has made a push for major expansion into the U.S., with 804 locations in  Indiana, Maryland, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia–and many more to come! And, by the way, for you Canadian snowbirds vacationing in Florida, you can now get your Timmie’s fix in Tampa Bay!

Way back in 1987, the first Starbucks opened at the Seabus Skytrain Station in Vancouver.  But, it wasn’t until 1996 that Starbucks began its Canadian expansion, when it opened five new locations in Toronto, Ontario–all on the same day!  As of July 2013, there were 1,228 Starbuck’s locations in Canada, from Victoria, British Columbia to Toronto, Ontario; from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to its most northerly coffeehouse in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing


Map of the Week–Red Lion Data in Action!

| Red Lion Data in action | April 2, 2013

April 1 brought more great news for Red Lion Data. No April Fool`s jokes, here!

The much read on-line news magazine, The Loop by Sympatico, published a fascinating article entitled, Target vs. Walmart: Canada’s big box battle

The article, which appeared in the Map of the Week section, features a map showing the 371 Walmart locations across Canada–data provided by Red Lion, thank you very much–and the locations of their newest and most fierce competitor, Target.

The  Target vs. Walmart map is just one more example of how Red Lion`s location data is being used in today`s high-tech marketplace.

Take a minute to read the article and check out the map.

Gloria Sauve

Director of Marketing

P.S. Before you go, have look at the range of services  offered by Red Lion, or browse our catalog. You can search by retail name or ask us for a custom list. It`s just that easy at Red Lion Data!

Gloria Sauve
Director of Marketing

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