UK based outdoors store Mountain Warehouse (who first entered the Canadian market in 2014) is opening an HRM store, and clues point to Dartmouth Crossing.

There is coffee shop coming to the new Bloom building on the Gottingen Almon block, the coffee shop will be opening on the Almon Street side this Fall

Road Side has opened on Dresden Row and appears to be hot pot focused. For those who are curious, the best I can ascertain the chef from the former JinCheng (which was in the same spot) is taking a break from the restaurant world for a while but may be back again someday at a new location.

Noticed a couple new food trucks on the road lately. Jamdouns which is Jamaican was spotted in Spryfield and Fully Loaded Jacket Potato (baked potato of you don’t speak British) was spotted at the Alderney Market

Halifax ReTales Closed

Taste Garden on Pleasant St has closed, it looks like it is being replaced by diner

Two North End Halifax institutions closed their doors this week, Smith’s Bakery closed after 87 years and Dean’s Flowers closed after celebrating the centenary earlier this year.

After just one year in Spring Garden Place, MiniSo has closed its doors ahead of a move a few blocks away. They will be reopening soon on Spring Garden Road near Queen in the unit that was the long time home of Le Chateau.

It sounds like if everything goes according to plan the Five Guys on Argyle Street will be open this week. I am also told there are plans to follow up with a second location in Bayers Lake for around the start of the year.

Breakfast/lunch spot Pur and Simple at Penhorn is opening August 20

H&M Shuffle. The store on the 3rd floor of Mic Mac Mall will close on the 17th and they will reopen on the 22nd in their new home on the 2nd floor

The building was originally built as a KFC then transitioned into an Arby’s and most recently Off the Grill. Now, 392 Pleasant St. in the Woodside neighbourhood of Dartmouth is Charger Burger.

Charger Burger is a second location for Lazeezo Gourmet Burgers and Poutine on Parkland Drive in Clayton Park in Halifax. The original location will also be switching its branding to Charger Burger later this year, and they are working on a third location on Sackville Drive in the new plaza at the corner of Sackville Cross Road in Lower Sackville. Expect it to open late this fall.

Charger is a fast-food restaurant that focuses on burgers, chicken fingers and poutine. Since Lazeezo opened two years ago, they have developed a following for their hearty burgers and creative poutines. All their beef and chicken dishes are also Halal.

The mozza stick double burger, for example, is topped with mozzarella, salsa, mayo and mozzarella sticks. The crispy chicken poutine has mozzarella and mozzarella curds, chicken, pickles and garlic sauce on top of fresh-cut fries.

Owner Muntadhr Naji says he came to this country from Iraq in 2009.

“I had no money, no English.”

He says he worked hard, learned and eventually opened a bakery and two barber shops before opening Lazeezo. His ZamZam Bakery provides wholesale samosas to many other businesses around town.

Naji said every business he has opened has some things the same, but operating them is completely different and he is always learning.

When it came time to expand, he looked to register Lazeezo nationally but another chain called Lazeez was operating in Ontario. So he worked with a marketing firm and they came up with Charger Burger, which, based on the new location, looks like an established brand.

Canadian Tire is acquiring the Canadian division of Party City and will start implementing party departments in CT stores