|Open To All|
|Traded as||TSX: DOL|
S&P/TSX 60 component
|Headquarters||Mount Royal, Quebec, Canada|
Number of locations
|Neil Rossy, CEO |
|Products||Cleaning supplies, toys, candy, grocery, gifts, healthcare products, kitchenware, stationery, party supplies, hardware|
|Revenue||$2.9 billion CAD (2016)|
|$646.5 million CAD (2016)|
|$445.6 million CAD (2016)|
Number of employees
|Around 20,000 (2016)|
Dollarama Inc. is a Canadian dollar store retail chain headquartered in Montreal. Since 2009, it has been Canada's largest retailer of items for four dollars or less. Dollarama has over 1000 stores and has a presence in every province of Canada; Ontario has the most stores.
The first all-dollar store was founded in Montreal in 1910 by Salim Rassy, a Lebanese immigrant, whose name became Rossy. His son George took over the retailer in 1937 and led the company until his death in 1973 when his grandson Larry Rossy assumed leadership of it when it had 20 stores.
The retail chain grew to 44 stores by 1992 which until then operated under the name Rossy S Inc. discount store chain (not to be confused with Rossy Michael, another discount chain), when Larry opened the first Dollarama at the shopping centre "Les promenades du St-Laurent" in Matane.
By the late 1990s, Dollarama had become by far the primary source of revenue for the Rossy family. As such, the Rossy S division was closed, with all of its stores either closed or converted into Dollarama stores. After converting all the locations to the dollar store concept, Rossy continued to open new stores reaching 1,000 stores in 2015.
In 2013, Dollarama was planning to expand its market to Latin America, and made an eight-year agreement to share its business expertise and provide sourcing services to Dollar City, a Salvadoran chain of dollar stores in Central America and Colombia
In 2016, Dollarama established a partnership with the Marco G. R. Enterprise, resulting in the sponsorship of the first edition of the Formula Windsor Championship.
Many items are priced at $1.00 or less, and initially almost all items were priced as such. In early 2009 Dollarama began to introduce items priced up to $2.00 (including $1.25 and $1.50 price points). Due to the positive response from consumers to the multi-price point strategy, the stores subsequently introduced items at $2.50 and $3.00 in August 2012. They again increased price points to include $3.50 and $4.00 items in August 2016. This price level increase allowed the chain to acquire products from a greater variety of sources, including closeout sales. Adjustments may eventually happen to all prices.
Payment in Dollarama stores was once by cash only, until Interac debit cards were added as a payment option beginning in 2008. Gift cards began to be offered in 2011. As of 2015, all Dollarama stores additionally support contactless Interac Flash payments. In March 2017, Dollarama announced that credit cards would be offered as a payment option at all stores by the end of summer 2018. Customers will be able to pay with Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, following a successful pilot program.
Many of the Dollarama stores are located where there once were BiWay stores, a defunct Canadian discount retail chain, which closed after a series of dubious financial transactions involving a new owner of the parent operation. Dollarama officially launched its online store on January 21, 2019 where it will sell many of its products in bulk.  Only 1000 of the roughly 4000 products offered in Dollarama stores will be sold online, namely items that are easily purchased in bulk .
Most large scale modern Dollar stores sourced products from their inception from China beginning in the mid 1990s when they appeared on the retail landscape. This was the same time when Chinese companies entered the market and were allowed to manufacture for Western countries. Dollarama started branding sourced products starting in the very early 2000s. One such brand was Studio, a name they still use for stationary products, another was Plastico, a name they created for plastic kitchen containers. For a long period of time the public did not know that these were created brands by Dollarama, and most would only of known if they scrutinized the labels. What Dollarama was doing was nothing new, as private labels were created as a far back as the late 1970s in Canada by Loblaws with their No Frills products, and most grocery stores followed. It only became evident what products are sourced and branded by Dollarama, when they started having the prices directly on the label as part of the graphic design.
An extremely large percentage of Dollarama products are privately sourced. In mid-2009 it rolled out its own store brand, "D". Unlike small dollar/discount stores, it sources most of its products directly from manufacturers, rather than from local unknown distributors.
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