The supermarket sweep had changed a billion-dollar company overnight.
In just four months, a single woman and a young woman had transformed the supermarket into a boutique store for the wealthy and well-heeled.
It was a remarkable feat of marketing and a sign of a growing sophistication of Canadian retailers.
It also raised some eyebrows among some, who said it was a bold move to make the brand so much more upscale.
It is the latest example of how Canadian retailers are forging ahead with more sophisticated branding.
It started in Canada, but now has spread to the U.S., Europe and other countries.
It’s also been embraced by some of the country’s biggest retailers, including Loblaw Companies Ltd.
and Target Corp., which have also been embracing the trend.
In the first week of March, Walmart Canada Inc. opened its first grocery store in the United States, and on Monday, the retailer opened its second in Europe.
The grocery chain is also launching a loyalty program.
The trend has taken off in Canada too.
The number of Canadian grocery stores has more than tripled in the past decade, with a total of 1.4 million stores across the country, according to the Canadian Association of Independent Grocers.
That is nearly triple the number of stores opened in Canada between 2005 and 2016.
But the trend has caught some retailers by surprise.
It has also created new opportunities for brands.
In April, the company launched a website and mobile app called Bumble, which lets shoppers buy, shop and gift in stores across Canada, as well as around the world.
The app offers an option to buy or gift a $10 gift card for $25, or a $50 voucher for $100.
A Bumble gift card is redeemable for up to $2,000 worth of items.
Target Canada launched the Bumble app in early May.
The online shopping service has had success with customers.
In 2016, Bumble was the third-most-visited shopping site in Canada behind grocery and gas, according in a recent survey of the U,K.-based firm.
And the company says that while shoppers can order in-store at some stores, the majority of orders are fulfilled through its mobile app.
Bumble is not alone.
In June, Target Canada also launched a mobile app that lets shoppers order online at Target stores across Ontario.
Target is trying to capitalize on the new trend.
The company says it will open its first Canadian store in Canada by the end of the year.
The store will be called Target, and it will be in Toronto, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
The goal is to attract shoppers who are looking for the same benefits of the store, but want to shop at home, or at a smaller scale, said spokeswoman Lauren Fagan.
Target said the goal is for the store to be “the first in Canada where people can shop locally and also shop across borders.”
The retailer is also rolling out a grocery app, which is expected to launch in early 2018.
Target has launched a series of new retail locations in the U., including a store in Toronto’s Dundas West neighbourhood.
The new stores will offer “a full range of products from specialty brands like fresh produce, organic meats and dairy, to convenience stores like gas, grocery, pharmacies, and pharmacies,” said Fagan in an e-mail.
The Target grocery app will be available in Canada for the first time on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Target launched a $2 million fund to help support the development of the grocery app.
The fund will help retailers who want to use the app to promote the store or other products.
It will also provide support for the marketing efforts.
Target also said it will offer new services to help retailers create a more personalized experience.
For example, the store will offer more frequent returns and a store manager will be on hand to answer questions about products and promotions.
The retailer said it also is investing in social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to help it create a better experience for shoppers.
In the U.’s GTA, where the average price of a grocery item was up about 14 per cent in the last year, the grocery sweep is a success story, said Brian LeBlanc, a vice-president at the Ontario Retail Association.
“We’re seeing the trend take off in Ontario,” said LeBlanchis, who added that the grocery sweeps have also created jobs.
In Toronto, which had about 3,000 stores in January, the number has more recently ballooned to more than 7,000.
But LeBlanche said the trend will continue in the GTA, as people flock to big stores to shop and save money.
“There’s definitely a lot of people who want a different experience,” he said.
The trends also have the potential to boost the fortunes of retailers that have been struggling to stay afloat.
In its latest quarterly report, the Retail Council of Canada warned that a surge in the