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Major Food Services Chain Data (MFS)

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Major Food Services Chain Data (MFS)

First Release - April 30, 2019

A national database that provides a comprehensive view of Major Food Service Chain (MFS) 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 major food service offerings within a trade area or shopping centre

The MFS Database tracks:

More than 27,458 food service store locations across Canada by 156 retail conglomerates operating 278 chains


A word cloud representing major food services chains in Canada with the text size representing the total estimated square footage and the text colour the food service category type. 

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

Where is data sourced for the MFS 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 first release of this database is scheduled for April 30th.

Data Fields and File Formats

  • Conglomerate ID, Conglomerate Name, Chain Id, Chain Name, Postal Address, Postal FSALDU, Postal Place Name, Postal Province, CSD2016 ID, CSD2016 Name, CMA2016 ID, CMA2016 Name, PRO2016 ID, PRO2016 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, DriveThru, Food Service Type ID, Food Service Type Description, Food Service Category ID, Food Service Category Description, Shopping Centre ID, Shopping Centre Name, Update Date
  • Location (Latitude & Longitude)
  • Download the complete CSCA MFS Data Dictionary
  • Data Provided in GIS (MapInfo, ESRI ArcGIS) and Spreadsheet (Excel) Formats
    An example in the Vancouver CMA of mapping selected MFS food service types.

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