Major Retail Chain Database

What is the CSCA Major Retail Chain Database?


A national database that provides a comprehensive view of Major Retail Chain (MRC) store locations across Canada in a spatial format that can be used within a wide range of business applications, including:

  • Build sales forecasting models
  • Populate trade areas with competitor store locations and analyze presence by market
  • Determine merchandise mix within a trade area or shopping centre


The MRC Database tracks:


More than 43,000 retail store locations across Canada by 270 retail conglomerates operating 696 chains


A word cloud representing major retailers in Canada with the text size representing the total estimated square footage and the text colour the number of retail locations

** The Major Retail Chain Database is relationally linked to CSCA's Shopping Centre Database


Where is data sourced for the MRC Database?


Public domain sources, primarily via internet web sites and where applicable, field validated information is used to further support the quality of the data.


When and in what formats is the data released?


The data is released on a rolling Quarterly Basis – on the following dates: January 31st, April 30th, July 31st and October 31st.

Data Fields and File Formats


  • Conglomerate ID, Conglomerate Name, Chain Id, Chain Name, Postal Address, Postal FSALDU, Postal Place Name, Postal Province, CSD2011 ID, CSD2011 Name, CMA2011 ID, CMA2011 Name, PRO2011 ID, PRO2011 Name, NACIS2012 6 Digit Code, NACIS2012 6 Digit Description, NACIS2012 3 Digit Code, NACIS2012 3 Digit Description, Estimated Size, Estimated Size Source ID, Estimated Size Source Description, Shopping Centre ID, Shopping Centre Name, Update Date
  • Location (Latitude & Longitude)
  • Download the complete CSCA MRC Data Dictionary
  • Data Provided in GIS (MapInfo, ESRI ArcGIS) and Spreadsheet (Excel) Formats
  • Download a sample of CSCA's MRC data

    An example in the Halifax CMA of mapping selected MRC grocery chains.