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North West Company Fund
Type Public (TSXNWF.UN)
Founded 1987
Headquarters Canada Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Key people Edward S. Kennedy, President & CEO
Industry Grocery, Fur, General Merchandise
Employees 6,805 [1]

North West Company Fund is a grocery and merchandise store in remote communities across northern Canada and Alaska. It traces its history back to the North West Company, a fur trading business headquartered in the city of Montreal in British North America from 1779 to 1821. [1]

The North West Company was completely merged into the Hudson's Bay Company in 1821. Today's North West Company is composed mainly of the old HBC Northern Stores Division. The enterprise continued as the Fur Trade Department, and then the Northern Stores Division of Hudson's Bay Company. In 1987, the division was acquired by a group of investors and in the 1990s it was relaunched under the old name of the North West Company.


North West today

Currently, the North West Company (TSXNWF.UN) operates stores under the banners of Northern, AC Value Centre, NorthMart, Quickstop, Alaska Food For Less, and Giant Tiger, and Cost-U-Less.

As of January 2004, the North West Company has 4,552 employees in Canada and 736 in Alaska, and is the largest employer of aboriginal people in the business sector. Holding to its roots, it also runs the largest Inuit art marketing service in the world and a fur marketing division. Outside North America, the company also operate Cost-U-Less stores in the US territories of Guam, The CNMI, and American Samoa.

It has its head office in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, near the site of Upper Fort Garry. This building formerly served as the head office of the Hudson's Bay Company.

Further reading

  • Ahrens, Merv. Fort Lac La Pluie of the North West Company, 177?-1821. Fort Frances, Ontario: Fort Frances Times Ltd, 2006.


  1. ^ [ symbol=CA;NWF.UN&page=quotesearch "Company Profile for North West Co Fund (CA;NWF.UN)"]. symbol=CA;NWF.UN&page=quotesearch. Retrieved 2008-10-15.  

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