The trend towards bubble and milk tea spots continues. Later this year chain Machi Machi will be opening and outlet in the redeveloped retail space of the Vuze on Fenwick Street (formerly known as Fenwick Tower)

A new spot that appears to specialize in fried chicken and noodles is coming to Quinpool Road. Bomber Chicken has an awning up at the former home of B-well Sushi

Shahi Grocery , specializing in South Asian delicacies is opening at 278 Lacewood Dr. where The Last Game Store was.  In addition to grocery they will also have prepared to go foods like samosas and biryani and are aiming to open early March.

Halifax ReTales Closed

A Tim Hortons has closed, the one inside of the Portland Street Superstore closed its doors this week, buzz is that Loblaws who already have been adding in store Starbucks locations in Ontario will soon be bringing them to some large format Atlantic Superstores

Seafarer’s Pub in Eastern Passage closed this week.

14 months after opening a showroom in Halifax Shopping Centre, bespoke men’s clothier Indochino has left town.

Things Engraved who has been slowly closing locations locally over the last few years has closed it’s remaining stores as nationally the chain has gone into receivership.

The Old Apothecary has now completed the move from Barrington to the Brewery Market

Vicki’s Seafood Restaurants started about 18 years ago as a roadside takeout in Annapolis Royal. There have been a few changes and expansion over the years but the local chain has grown with locations in Granville Ferry and Coldbrook and this month its first metro shop.

The Hudson family, which owns the chain, says it has a history with the sea as “a family of fishermen, fish-plant operators, clam diggers, lobster fishermen, seafood specialists and seafood restaurateurs.”

As you may have guessed Vicki’s specializes in seafood particularly its Haddie Bites, deep-fried or pan-fried haddock, clams, Digby scallops and fish cakes.

In addition the restaurant offers diner classics like liver and onions, hot turkey sandwiches, burgers, and poutine, “eat in or take out at reasonable prices, which elevates them to extraordinary,“ according to a news release by company.

According to the release Vicki’s Seafood will be trying some new menu items at the new location. The plan is to open the newest outlet soon at 22 Boland Rd., near Wyse Road, in Dartmouth not far from the Macdonald Bridge.

The restaurants are named after founder Vicki Hudson who managed the business until she succumbed to cancer in Sept. 11, 2017.

“Our commitment is to ensure Vicki’s continued legacy … of great portions, great prices and great service,” it stated in a news release.

To continue to honour Vicki’s memory a single table as each of the restaurants is set aside for special attention. A portion of all sales from the patrons who sit at these tables is donated to local families affected by cancer.

The chain is also launching an online fundraising campaign, Eat for the Cure, in conjunction with the new store opening and to raise funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.

On January 16, 2012 at 10:52 AM I tweeted “Welcome to Retail updates around the HRM” and Halifax ReTales was born. 8 years later it has expanded well beyond a single tweet and I had no idea that it would become what it is is today. So thank you all for coming along for the ride whether you were there day one or this is the first time seeing anything I have posted.