Update on Magazines Canada’s Retail Distribution Service

Magazines Canada Distribution sent shipments to well over 40 stores during the week of June 22. Nineteen different titles went out as previously closed stores in British Columbia and Newfoundland joined a slowly growing list of open MC retail partners. All 88 Chapters and Indigo stores are now open, as are the Multi Mags stores in and around Montreal.

Ontario bookstores, with a few exceptions, are in various states of preparedness at this time, some beginning to open. We anticipate this to continue throughout July and August.

Toronto's four Book City stores (my retail alma mater) all opened in the last week with a max six shopper limit, a tableclothed table with a big Purell bottle inside the door and sneeze shields at the cash. We stand waiting for their orders to ship magazines…they want to "phase things in" (starting with books). Was told at Book City St Clair "the magazines are missed" and that customers are asking where they are. Should you find yourself visiting a store that is missing its magazines, maybe gently ask a staffer when they'll be back.

A full list of the open stores we sent magazines to this week is included in this update, below.

Our next shipments should go out the week of July 6. Still requesting publishers to get in touch if you are planning to send a new issue for distribution—please contact Chris Chambers in advance to figure out evolving draw numbers.

The Magazines Canada warehouse (Tilwood) is open to receive distribution copies: Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm (ET). If you usually send copies to the Disticor warehouse as well, we are still asking you to redirect them all to Tilwood at this time.

Stay tuned for another distribution update in July. In the meantime, please contact me with distribution-related questions: cchambers@magazinescanada.ca.

Have a nice Canada Day.

Chris Chambers
Retail Accounts Manager
Magazines Canada

Magazines Canada retailers that are open as of June 26, 2020:

  • Al's News, Grande Prairie AB
  • Armchair Books, Whistler BC
  • Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC
  • Atlantic News, Halifax NS
  • Bill's News & Confectionary, Dawson Creek BC
  • Bolen Books, Victoria BC
  • Books & Company, Picton ON
  • Books & Company, Prince George BC
  • Christopher's Smoke Shop, St. Catharines ON
  • Club Cigar, Lethbridge AB
  • Daily Globe News, Calgary AB
  • Dominion News & Gifts, Winnipeg MB
  • Glebe Smoke Shop, Ottawa ON
  • Inglewood Art Supplies, Calgary AB
  • International News – Front Street, Toronto ON
  • Island Treasures, Corner Brook NL
  • Ivy's Bookshop, Victoria BC
  • Latitude 53 Society of Artists, Edmonton AB
  • Luke's Drug Mart, Calgary AB
  • Mac's Fireweed Books, Whitehorse YK
  • Magazines Lecto, Quebec City QC
  • Markdale Pharmacy, Markdale ON
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon SK
  • McNally Robinson Booksellers, Winnipeg MB
  • McNews, North Vancouver BC
  • Misty River Books, Terrace BC
  • Munro's Bookstore Ltd, Victoria BC
  • Novel Idea, Kingston ON
  • Otter Books, Nelson BC
  • Pages Book Emporium, Cranbrook BC
  • Presse Internationale – Bloor West, Toronto ON
  • Presse Internationale – Queen East, Toronto ON
  • Salt Spring Books, Salt Spring Island BC
  • Shelf Life Books, Calgary AB
  • Smokers Corner, Pickering ON
  • Spartacus Books, Vancouver BC
  • Subtext, Victoria BC
  • Tabagie du Boulevard, Trois-Rivieres QC
  • Tanner's Books, Sidney BC
  • The Gifted Type, Ottawa ON
  • Turning the Tide, Saskatoon SK
  • Words Worth Books, Waterloo ON


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