Pass go—collect all the dollars. So far, 2019 has been a year of expansions for many Atlantic-based businesses that are spreading their wings (and their manufacturing) across the country and around the world.
Hatchets at the ready! This axe-throwing company, which opened their first lounge (in St. John’s, N.L.) in 2016, just opened their third and fourth locations: HaliMac Axe Throwing hurtled into business in January in Halifax, while their second St. John’s location opened in the GForce Funderdome in February. Owners Adrian Beaton and Paul MacInnis have their axes targeted on the U.S. market next.
Jumping Bean Coffee
These barista barons expanded wholesale grocery operations into the United States this past February. The coffee company—founded in 2005 in Mount Pearl, N.L.—will feature their Deep Water Dark on the Sam’s Club website where the caffeine-deprived can scoop up Keurig-compatible single pods or 2lb whole-bean packages.
After purchasing Belbin’s grocery store in 2018 and opening several new locations in the province, this Corner Brook-based group of grocery stores is broadening their expansion plans to areas outside of Newfoundland. Coleman’s has announced they will be opening a small not-yet-branded grocery store in The Maple condo building in downtown Halifax.
Bandha Nutrition Products
In 2012, former competitive cyclist Ryan DesRoches started transporting his vegan and gluten-free Bandha Bars across Halifax on his bike—now the energy bars are being sold in Sobeys in 26 different locations across New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. The bars are also available at select Halifax retailers and online.
The Saint John-based seafood company has reported marked expansion with a plethora of deals hauled in since the new year. From the acquisition of Nicaraguan shrimp producer, Farallon Aquaculture de Nicaragua S.A., to the announcement their True North Seafood sales arm would be partnering with Martha Stewart on a new line of grocery seafood products, Cooke is just warming up.