Anyway you cut it, this was an abysmal year for Ottawa franchises.

Farm Boy groceries is opening two more Ottawa locations as part of an Ontario-wide expansion. The company announced the expansion in a news release Tuesday. The new Ottawa locations will be a 29,000-square-foot outlet at 190 Metcalfe St. and a 38,00

The change in plans for the store at 1000 Wellington St. W. in Hintonburg is typical of deal-making with winners of a lottery for the right to apply for cannabis store licences in Ontario.

The capital region’s jobless rate deteriorated slightly to 4.4per cent in November, up from 4.2 per cent in October. While the region added 1,300 jobs, the size of the labour force, which includes job seekers, rose by 2,500. Employment topped

Not quite two decades after she acquired the rights to Bridgehead Coffee for $30,000, CEO Tracey Clark is selling the 19-store Ottawa chain to The Second Cup of Toronto for $6 million in cash and $3.5 million in shares. If Bridgehead meets certain e

Ottawa’s “biggest little coffee company,” Bridgehead has been sold to the owners of the Second Cup coffee chain in a deal worth $9.5 million. Bridgehead has 19 coffeehouses in the capital, including its landmark Roastery on Anderso

If you’ve been thinking about buying a house in Ottawa, sales data from November at first glance looked downright scary. The average price for residential properties in the resale market shot up nearly 17 per cent year over year to $501,200, a

City council on Wednesday approved new restrictions that will make short-term rentals in urban and suburban areas illegal unless the rental unit is someone’s primary residence. It means investors who have scooped up homes to rent specifically

When Shopify said it wanted to build a global tech company headquartered in Ottawa, “people thought we were crazy,” chief operating officer Harley Finkelstein says. But on Tuesday, the e-commerce technology giant announced that it had hi

Four months after a Connecticut casino launched a suit to reclaim $1 million in gambling debts from Eugene Melnyk, it seems the Ottawa Senators owner is digging in for a lengthy battle. This much can be gleaned from recent filings in the superior co

Canopy Growth, the country’s largest cannabis producer, published unexpectedly weak financial results Thursday morning, likely presaging a tough day on the stock markets for the entire sector. While revenues for the second fiscal quarter ended

Minto Apartment REIT showed Tuesday why it has been one of the region’s best performing investments. Minto recorded third-quarter revenues of $27.6 million, representing a year-over-year gain of 31 per cent. Much of this reflected a series of

The capital region’s jobless rate tumbled to 4.2 per cent in October from 4.4 per cent in September, the lowest rate in more than a generation. The drop came courtesy of 9,700 net new jobs while the labour force, which includes people looking

This can’t be the start Eugene Melnyk envisioned for his Ottawa Senators. Fourteen games into this young NHL season, the Senators are near the bottom in league standings and their fans appear to be slipping away. The team closed out a three-ga

It was a strange October for Ottawa’s resale housing market as the number of properties sold jumped 17 per cent year over year despite a sharp drop in the number of homes and condominiums available. “It’s perplexing at first,”

The way Donna Chervrier sees it, now that the shock of the destruction of her popular little Vanier restaurant has abated a bit, is that the vandal forgot about one thing. “They forgot about humanity … they didn’t know there’d be s

Ottawa’s e-commerce technology giant Shopify announced Tuesday it had exceeded third-quarter revenue forecasts by a significant margin while operating losses were smaller than expected. It’s the 17th consecutive quarter in which Shopify

Will Shopify beat the street yet again?  Ottawa’s e-commerce giant has produced better-than-expected financial results for 16 consecutive quarters, ever since it first issued shares to the public in the spring of 2015. Independent analysts are

Gatineau cannabis company Hexo Corp. is laying off 200 workers as it struggles to become profitable. The company made the announcement Thursday, saying the layoffs were necessary for its long-term stability. Hexo is one of Canada’s largest can

On a quiet Thanksgiving Day along Westboro’s main drag, a steady stream of customers enters and exits the understated cannabis retail outlet known as Superette. There’s no sign the Oct. 17 anniversary of the legalization of marijuana is

The capital region’s job market has been on steroids of late. Employment levels jumped 12,600 in September compared to August — marking the third straight month in which job gains have exceeded 12,000. The result in September was an unemployment rat

The jobless rate in the capital region tumbled to 4.4 per cent in September, from 4.7 per cent in August, thanks to 12,600 net new jobs while labour force increased by 10,100. About 90 per cent of jobs and new entrants were in Ottawa, where the jobl

The legal fight over Eugene Melnyk’s alleged gambling debt appears to have taken on a life of its own. A Connecticut casino run by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority on Monday filed a revised complaint against Melnyk, seeking payment for debt

Maybe, just maybe, a slight cooling of Ottawa’s housing market is at hand. The average resale price for residential properties in September climbed 8.3 per cent year over year to $487,400 according to data published Wednesday by the Ottawa Rea

On the surface, there isn’t much to connect these four legal dramas. These were disparate proceedings involving unique circumstances and sets of facts. Each case featured different RCMP or Competition Bureau lead investigators. The same was true of