The retail and wholesale sector is the largest private sector employer in the province.
According to the 2017 PEI Annual Statistical Review, retail sales on Prince Edward Island in 2017 increased for the eighth consecutive year, with a 6.3 percent increase.
Notable increases were seen in motor vehicle and parts dealers, up 10.7 percent or $58.9 million, gasoline stations, up 12.4 percent or $35.6 million, building and garden centers, up 5.0 percent or $11.2 million, supermarkets, up 2.1 percent or $8.0 million, and health and personal care stores, up 4.8 percent or $7.8 million.
After an all time high for new vehicles sold on PEI in 2016, the number of vehicles sold saw a decrease of 181 vehicles to total 8,587. The value of new vehicles sold continued to rise, reaching $295.6 million (up 3.0 percent) which is a new all time high.
Employment in the wholesale/retail trade sector increased in 2017, rising to 11,100 after seeing a decline in 2016.
Retail / Wholesale on Prince Edward Island – Hiring practices
Atlantic Safety Wear, Montague
Baker’s Corner Express Petro Canada, Montague
Beck’s Home Furniture, Montague
Buns & Things Bakery, Charlottetown
Green Diamond Equipment, Stratford, Summerside and Bloomfield
High Tide Milling Company, Tignish
Kent Building Supplies, Island wide
Main Street Pharmasave, Souris
Mrs. Dunster’s, Borden-Carleton
Pigeons Floors & Décor, Montague
Pure Spa Inc./Moksha Yoga, Charlottetown
Riverview Country Market, Charlottetown
Shoreline Design PEI, Georgetown
Spring Valley Building Centre Ltd., Kensington, O’Leary Building Centre Ltd., O’Leary, and Town & Country Carpet One, Summerside
Tignish Home Hardware, Tignish
Tignish Co-operative, Tignish
Some types of retail stores on PEI
- Appliance, TV, & Electronics
- Auto Parts and Accessories
- Health Food Supplies
- Baked Goods
- Building Materials & Supplies
- Car, Boat, & Heavy Equipment
- Lawn and Garden Equipment
- Computers & Software
- Luggage and Leather Goods
- Meat, Fish & Seafood Markets
- Nurseries & Garden Centres
- Office Supplies
- Gas Stations
- Sports, Toys, Hobby, Games & Music
- Gift, Novelty & Souvenirs
Some staff titles
- General Manager
- Sales Associate
- Service Manager
- Department Manager
- Licensed Technician
- Operational Manager
- Associate Buyer
- Sports Clerk
- Department Supervisor
- Service Advisor
Top websites to find PEI retail jobs
For an overview of many Job Posting sites, advertising PEI jobs, click here.
For more information about retail careers, visit the Retail Council of Canada at www.retailcouncil.org.
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