A PharmaSave is opening in the strip mall on Novalea directly behind the Lawtons.

Do you need to smashy smash things? Rage Room is opening in North End Halifax next month.

Chop Steakhouse coming as part of the Sutton Place Hotel in the Nova Centre next spring

Last Laugh Comedy Club is opening inside the Atlantic Hotel on Quinpool @ Robie on June 1

Gather a home decor and gift shop, has opened in Scotia Square.

Habaneros has opened in the Halifax Shopping Centre food court.

Mic Mac continues to lose stores, Nine West has started a liquidation, and after 33 years, the Mic Mac Smoke Shop is closing. GNC also closed its doors last week. In addition, Sunrise Records is currently closed but they will be opening in new mall location next month.

NS Health Authority pulling Tim Hortons in Central Zone facilities close April 30. This affects the locations in the Infirmary and Victoria General. It also means the end of Pizza Pizza at the VG as the end their partnership with Compass for food services. New in-house food outlets will replace them. The Tims in IWK and Cobequid are unaffected.

Wicker Emporium in Bedford Common is closing.

Atlantic Playland has a new name Atlantic Splash Adventure and will have six new waterslides when they open for the season in late June.

Kitchen Door Catering is moving to Dartmouth they are building a new facility on Higney Dr just above where the new Sobeys Express/Shell is on the hill with IKEA. They had me in the kitchen to attempt to cook an omelette when they made the announcement. You can watch the video on their Facebook page

I said that Coffin Skate Shop was going to have roller discos and they have announced their first for the May Long Weekend see details here 

Field Guide has reopened after several weeks of interior renovations.

With the legal proceedings of the 2015 potential mall massacre, all settled now. I want to take a moment to thank Halifax Regional Police, Canadian Border Services Agency and RCMP for preventing this event. It would have altered the fabric of who we are and how we live. I am forever grateful.

Food Truck Fridays start May 4 (5p-8) and every Friday night at Wheaton’s in Sackville, Ol’ School Donuts and Halifax Press Grilled Cheese will be there.

Dollarama starts charging 5¢ for their bags today (they say as a commitment to the environment)

Walmart is the first Canadian grocer to commit to zero-waste they say all stores will be zero waste by 2025

Looks like InstaCart is gearing up to roll out in Halifax this year, they have already partnered with Loblaws brands in Vancouver and Toronto to offer same day home delivery. So far, it has had a program where you pay $99 /year and get free delivery on $35 or over orders ($3.99-$7.99 per delivery for non-subscribers). All transactions have +7.5% service fee.
Meanwhile, Sobeys has partnered with Ocado and is in works to add online shopping with click and collect and delivery options available