Were you aware of these Canadian trivia facts?
The West Edmonton Mall is still the largest mall in North America, but since 2004 it’s been dropping in international rankings of gross leasable area (that which is available for commercial tenancy). Technically the world’s largest shopping mall by GLA is currently the New South China Mall, in the city of Dongguan. We say ‘technically’ because most of the mall has remained empty of shops since its construction in 2005, apparently hampered by a lack of mass transit to its location.

Canada’s second largest mall is the Metropolis at Metrotown, in Burnaby, B.C.

According to Stats Canada, Canadians spend an average of $6,000 annually at the supermarket.

However, around 40% of the food Canadians buy ends up being wasted.

The concept of the “self-serve” grocery store (a market where goods were not exclusively kept behind a counter) was popularized in Canada by Loblaws founder Theodore Pringle Loblaw. He opened his first market on Dundas St. West in Toronto, in 1919.

Annual online shopping totals for the average Canadian rose from $639 to $899 between 2012 and 2013. Surprisingly, perhaps, men spent an average of about $300 more per year online than women.

Global retail consulting group Interbrand released a list of the 50 most valuable retail companies in North America this past April. Three Canadian names made the list: Shoppers Drug Mart (#28), Lululemon Athletica (#29) and Canadian Tire (#38).

A study reported on by the Toronto Star this past December found a noticeable difference in the spending habits of Canadians and Americans. Among their finds: that Americans spend slightly more per capita annually on retail outlet shopping, but that Canadians spend an average $600 more on alcohol per year than their neighbours to the south.