A look back at what the year was in retail in the Halifax Regional Municipality.

This year I recorded 175 new openings and 68 closures. However, as I was compiling the data, I noticed a trend and 106 of the openings happened the first half of the year where only 69 were in the second half of the year.

So overall positive numbers with 2.5 openings in 2022 to every one closure. Last year it was 2.1 openings and in 2020 it was 1.2 openings.


One area of growth was the Esquire Plaza on Bedford Highway. The former motel saw many food businesses open, including Korean rice-dog shop Kon Dog. Bahamian restaurant East Coast Conch. A second location of Turkish spot EFES. The Syrian/Yemeni eatery Tanoor.A new coffee roaster, Beanville. Hanin Mart a Korean grocer and a motorcycle accessory shop Route 66. A second location of Antionette’s Cheesecake will join in the new year.

Freehand Hospitality really helped the numbers with their continued growth at the Queen’s Marque on Lower Water Street , Downtown Halifax. The first eatery Drift opened late 2021, but this year Darya, Cafe Lunette, Bar Sofia and Peacock Wine Bar joined it. Next year will see the openings of Salt + Ash, Swanky Burger, Toridori Noodle Bar and coffee and ice cream spot The Fog Company.

Some longtime spots like the Art Expo in Park Lane, Fairview eatery Mexico Lindo and dim sum spot Kee Heong all closed this year.

Pizza, of course, was involved with the Lakeside and Fairview Alexandra’s becoming Belle Vita Pizza. Alexandra’s opened a new Fairview location a few months later, replacing Coins Pizza a crosswalk away. Pizza Pizza came to Spryfield with another coming to Sackville Drive. Sackville Drive also saw ?Quebec chain Pizza Salvatore, which has no connection to legendary North End pizza shop Salvatore’s. Downtown Pizza replaced Snappy Tomato in Woodside and Papa John’s opened in Woodlawn.

There are already quite a few items on the board opening in 2023. Including a site to be confirmed Dartmouth and Lower Sackville locations of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.A Lower Sackville Starbucks, TD Canada Trust has new locations opening in Bayers Lake, Joseph Howe and Portland Street all standalone in the parking lots of big box stores. Monaghan Square on Young Street has two different chicken shops opening the Portuguese style Dodo’s and the Korean style Radish Chicken.Home Sense is coming to Bedford Commons and a larger format Asian grocer ejoy is coming to Clyde Street.

Well that wraps 2022.