For over 300 years, The North West Company has been committed to being the leading provider of food and everyday products and services to remote communities across northern Canada and Alaska. Nobody serves the north like we do!
As the oldest retailer on the continent, each twist and turn in our long and colourful history represent valuable lessons and insights gained. And while NWC continues to diversify, flourish and grow from the original Montreal-based partnership of traders in 1779, we've never lost sight of the fact that good business means knowing your customers and meeting their needs.
Throughout the 1800's until 1987, NWC has changed hands, names and not surprisingly, the services it provides. 1821 brought the amalgamation of the North West Company and Hudson's Bay Company, under the HBC name, creating a fur trading monopoly that covered one-quarter of North America. The enterprise continued as the Fur Trade Department, and then the Northern Stores Division, of Hudson's Bay Company. In 1987, the Northern Stores Division was acquired by a group of investors including 415 employees.
The 1990's brought a renewed link to the past and a strong commitment to the future. The North West Company re-established its identity as an independent retailer by changing its corporate name back to The North West Company, and the trading name of its retail operations to Northern. The Company also acquired the Alaska Commercial Company. Today there are over 200 retail outlets, located in rural communities and urban neighborhoods across Canada, Alaska, the South Pacific and the Caribbean, operating as Northern, NorthMart, Quickstop, Giant Tiger, AC Value Center and Cost-U-Less.
North West Company Fund units trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "NWF.UN". – less – More from ZoomInfo »