You can find American stores and restaurants wherever you go in the world. Moose Jaw and Regina have loads of businesses I'm familiar with--Shell gas station, Pizza Hut, Safeway grocery store, Walmart, Sears, etc. But there are also many that I was unfamiliar with until I moved to Canada.
We flew Air Canada when we came for Eric's job interview. They are Canada's largest airline, and fly to destinations all over the world.
Boston Pizza has fantastic pizza, but you can also get salads, pasta, and burgers there. In the US, it's called Boston's The Gourmet Pizza.
Tim Hortons--the place to go for coffee and doughnuts! Now they also serve yummy soups and sandwiches at lunchtime. Tim Hortons holds 62% of the Canadian coffee market (compared to Starbucks, in the number two position, at 7%).
We do most of our grocery shopping at The Real Canadian Superstore (called Superstore) because it is the cheapest. It has everything, however, it can be stressful because it is huge, you have to bag your own groceries, and the lines are often long.
So if I'm wanting a more relaxing shopping experience, I'll head to Safeway (where the kids can "drive" a car-shaped cart) or Sobeys (especially if there's a sale). Groceries are bagged for us, and we can usually get one of the workers to help us out. Sobeys is the second largest food retailer in Canada.
Shoppers Drug Mart is Canada's largest pharmacy chain.
Canadian Tire specializes in tires and automotive parts. But we also visit their excellent garden centre, and head here for various tools, paint, outdoor gear, or kitchen equipment. The store is also known for Canadian Tire "money" which can be earned through purchases made, and redeemed in the store.
Zellers is a discount department store similar to Target.
The Brick is one of Canada's largest retailers of furniture, mattresses, and home electronics. We bought our living room furniture here.
Chapters is a big bookstore--there's one in Regina, but you can also order online. It's a lot like Barnes and Noble or Borders in the US or Waterstone's in the UK.
Petro-Canada is a Canadian gas station.
Same as Exxon in the US. Esso is the name the company uses in every other country where it operates.
Any others I've missed? I know that out here on the Canadian prairies, I'm only seeing a small slice of Canadian businesses. Also, did you notice the logos are mostly red and white? I wonder if this is because of the colors of the Canadian flag.
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