photorider wrote in post #15537620
We will leave my personal opinion out of this. I am good friends with the manager of the experience center and have know about it for around 6 months. There are a few reasons for them to open it in Calgary. First of as has been mentioned, there is a boat load of disposable income in this city. One of the highest in the world. Secondly Calgary has one of the highest concentrations of head offices in the business world. Because of this they have picked Calgary. Canon doesn't just sell cameras remember but also some of the most cutting edge business solutions.
I know that you all think that we are just a bunch of hicks up here but some of the most innovative business ideas for corporate thinking comes from right here in this little hick town. Canon is very excited about this opening and has been very pleased with it's choice to open in Calgary. Really, I think you are all just jealous that we got such a cool store and you all didn't.
Thanks for the inside insight.
The decision still strikes me as a poor one, from a consumer's point of view. Opening a 6,600 square foot experience center simply because locals have money to throw around is a terrible idea. As a corporation, you want to reach as many potential customers as possible. You're not going to accomplish that in Calgary. As I said, you do that in Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver.
I'm more inclined to believe Canon chose to be close to potential corporate customers, as you suggest.
I'm sure the decision came down to available, cheap retail space; and I'm certain both municipal and Provincial governments sweetened the deal.