The North West Company is a leading retailer to underserved rural communities and urban neighbourhood markets in the following regions: Northern Canada, Western Canada, rural Alaska, the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean. Our stores offer a broad range of products and services with an emphasis on food. Our value offer is to be the best local shopping choice for everyday household and local lifestyle needs.
North West’s core strengths include: our ability to adapt our product mix to each market we serve; our logistics expertise in moving product to, and operating stores within, remote or difficult-to-reach locations; our knowledge in serving indigenous and lower-income customers; and our ability to apply these strengths to serve customers within complementary niche businesses.
North West has a rich enterprising legacy as one of the longest continuing retail enterprises in the world. The company traces its roots back to 1668 with many of our store locations in Northern Canada and Alaska having been in operation for over 200 years. Today these northern stores serve communities with populations from 500 to 8,000. A typical store is 7,500 square feet in size and offers food, family apparel, housewares, appliances, outdoor products and services such as post offices, income tax return preparation, quick-service prepared food, commercial business sales, money transfers and cheque cashing.
Growth at North West has come from market share expansion within existing locations and from applying our expertise and infrastructure to new markets and complementary businesses. The latter includes wholesaling to independent stores, opening Giant Tiger junior discount stores in rural communities and urban neighbourhoods in Western Canada, and our late 2007 acquisition of Cost-U-Less, Inc. (CUL), a chain of mid-sized warehouse format stores serving the South Pacific islands and the Caribbean.
A key strength and ongoing strategy of North West is to adapt to unique local lifestyles, cultures and selling opportunities better than our competition. Store development flexibility, store management selection and learning programs, store-level merchandise ordering, community relations and profit-sharing incentive plans are all ingredients of the model we have built to support this leading market position. We believe that continued, efficient enhancement of our execution skills in general and our localization skills specifically, are essential components in effectively meeting the customer needs within each market we serve.
Northern is the original core store banner of The North West Company and today consists of 127 food and general merchandise stores, serving remote, northern Canadian communities. Northern is the first shopping choice in its markets thanks to consistently superior local selection, being in stock at the right time, helpful, friendly service and unwavering community support.
NorthMart is a group of seven larger-size combination food and general merchandise stores especially created to serve regional centres in Canada's North. Featuring an expanded range of fashion merchandise and fresh food, NorthMart is a destination for shoppers and comes closest to providing the breadth of quality and selection typically found in urban centres.
Giant Tiger is the all-Canadian family discount store for Fun Smart Savings.
Friendly and fun, Giant Tiger stores are stocked with affordable, on trend home and family fashions, brand name groceries and everyday necessities at low prices. Each trip to a Giant Tiger store is unique, with fun surprises and new deals to be discovered in store during each visit. Giant Tiger delivers low prices and outstanding value to its customers every day.
Canadian owned and operated since the first Giant Tiger store opened in 1961 in Ottawa’s historic ByWard Market, today the privately held company has more than 200 stores in 8 provinces across Canada and employs more than 7,000 people.
Giant Tiger is a proudly Canadian family discount store with convenient locations in many Canadian communities. Almost all Giant Tiger stores are franchised and stores are connected and committed to the communities they serve. Store owners work in the store and live in the community. Each year, Giant Tiger donates millions of dollars to local charities, groups, teams, events and associations, supporting and bringing together Canadians and their communities.
Across Canada stores operate under the trade names of Giant Tiger, Tigre Géant, GTXpress, Scott’s Discount and Chez Tante Marie.
AC Value Center
AC Value Center is Alaska’s Trusted Community Store of Choice!
Alaska Commercial Company is a retail company which provides groceries and general merchandise in stores throughout Alaska. We have a compelling and authentic story that few retailers in North America can compare with. We are proud of our long tradition of providing food and general merchandise to rural Alaskans. Our history is interwoven with the history of Alaska. During the past 140 years Alaska Commercial Company has earned a special reputation in rural Alaska. We are Alaska’s trusted community store of choice, and the retail employer of choice in rural Alaska.
In 1776, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, granted trading rights to the Russian American Trading Company and traded goods and services for furs, gold and other tradable goods at trading posts throughout Alaska. When the United States bought Alaska from Russia in 1867, the company was sold to San Francisco merchants Lewis Gerstle and Louis Sloss and was renamed the Alaska Commercial Company.
In 1992, the company was purchased by The North West Company (NWC) from then owner The Commercial Enterprise Development Corporation of Alaska. This acquisition by NWC made the combined companies the largest North American rural retailers and one of the largest employers in the State of Alaska.
Cost-U-Less opened its first retail warehouse store in 1989, on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In 1992, Cost-U-Less initiated its expansion by opening stores in relatively remote island locations, the first of which was in Dededo, Guam. Today Cost-U-Less operates mid-sized warehouse club-style stores in the United States Territories, the Hawaiian Islands, foreign island countries in the Pacific and the Caribbean and Sonora, California. Our primary strategy is to operate in island markets, offering predominately U.S. branded goods.
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