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Centre mall Safeway to become Co-op

Saskatoon is set to have one less Safeway as it becomes a Co-op store.

The Safeway grocery store and gas bar in Centre Mall on 8th Street East will be taken over by Saskatoon Co-op.

It's part of a deal Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) signed with Sobeys Inc. who now owns all Safeway stores.

FCL has acquired 14 grocery stores across Canada with 12 set to be taken over by local retail co-ops and two by a subsidiary of FCL known as The Grocery People.

Weyburn women claim temporary foreign workers took their jobs

Two Weyburn women say they lost their jobs at a local restaurant while temporary foreign workers got to stay on.

Sandy Nelson and Shaunna Jennison-Yung said they both got letters recently explaining they were being let go from Brothers Classic Grill And Pizza.

“You kind of roll with things, because you think it’ll all work out,” said Jennison-Yung during a phone interview Monday.

Reginans rave over records on Record Store Day

The resurgence of the album was alive and well Saturday as International Record Store Day took place in Regina and around the world.

The event started in 2007 by a group of independent store owners who wanted to celebrate what record stores have to offer. It’s grown considerably over the years with a number of high-profile musicians acting as ambassadors for the event. Manyy artists also put out special editions of their albums that are only made available in vinyl and are only supplied to independent record stores for the event.

Martensville girl helps doggone tired pooches get good night's rest

A young Martensville entrepreneur is helping some poor pooches get a good night's rest.

Maizie Bowkowy, 12, is the owner of Doggie Naps, a business dedicated to providing rescue dogs with a soft bed to call their own.

“There’s 50,000 dogs rescued every year in Canada and I think they all deserve a bed,” Bowkowy said.

Rain nightclub to replace Jax

After nearly two weeks of major renovations, a new nightclub will open in Saskatoon this weekend.
 
Rain nightclub will replace Jax after 17 years at the well known spot on Pacific Avenue downtown.
 
Co-owner Dan Kemppainen said that clubs don't typically have a long shelf life and that it was time to make a change.
 

Timing is right for a BHP takeover of PotashCorp: columnist

A changing of the guard at the top of PotashCorp of Saskatchewan could open the window for a BHP Billiton takeover, says Globe and Mail columnist Boyd Irvin.

“If BHP is interested I think they can get something done now, where this wouldn’t be a bad time,” Irvin said on John Gormley Live Wednesday morning.

Recycling fund confirmed for Saskatchewan

The city’s multi-unit-dwelling (MUD) recycling program needs to collect over 16,000 tons of recycling if they expect $1.5 million each year from the multi-material recycling program (MMRP).

On Tuesday the Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance (CSSA) presented its plans to deliver the Multi-Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) program, known in Saskatoon as MMRP. Acting managing director for MMSW Karen Melynchuk explained the two sides of the MMRP program, the stewards and the municipalities.

Regina home sales down in early 2014

A new report expects home sales in Regina will bounce back this spring.

Re/Max's latest housing trends report found that sales were down six per cent early this year. But while overall sales volume is down year-over-year, sales prices in March increased nearly five per cent compared to the year before.

Re/Max's Rob Nesbitt said that the number of people "moving up" in the market has resulted in growth in the number of listings.

"We're over 20 per cent on listings coming on the market, so we have a really large inventory right now."

Procrastinators expected to delay after tax deadline extended

The scramble is on for last minute tax filers in Regina as the deadline for filing approaches.

For many of the businesses who file those tax returns this is their busiest time of the year.

“Right now will be our heaviest rush, from the 15th down to the 30th with most people actually showing up in this time frame to get their taxes done,” explained Marla Vervalcke with Meyers Norris Penny, a national chartered accounting and business advisory firm.

Job market continues to flourish in Weyburn area

Saskatchewan may have the lowest unemployement rate in Canada, but people in the south east feel it could be even lower if they could draw more people.

There are currently about 1,700 online job postings for the Estevan and Weyburn region, spanning industries from energy, trades, health care, retail, food service, office administration and more. Jeff Richards with the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce said on any given day there are at least 500 postings within the city alone.

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