Giant Tiger was founded in 1961 and is proud to be Canadian owned and operated. The privately held, franchise based company, has over 200 stores in eight provinces, with many more opening, and employs over 7,000 team members. Giant Tiger Stores Limited operates Giant Tiger Wholesale, which is charged with a growing logistics and distribution team, including trucking, warehousing and distribution of goods. Giant Tiger is known as a community focused retailer, committed to giving back to the communities it calls home. Store owners work in the store and live in the community. Each year, Giant Tiger donates to local charities, groups, teams, events and associations, supporting and bringing together Canadians and their communities.
Giant Tiger is the all Canadian discount store offering everyday low prices and exceptional customer service. Customers have come to expect the very best from Giant Tiger and as such it is the company’s mission to be their store of choice.
Giant Tiger Stores Limited operates under the trade names of Giant Tiger, Tigre Géant, GTXpress, Scott’s Discount and Chez Tante Marie.
On Saturday, May 3, 1961, Gordon Reid, Founder and Chairman, opened his first Giant Tiger store in Ottawa, the Nation's Capital. The business was launched with a $15,000 investment and first year sales were $139,781. The business was started with a very simple idea - keep the cost of operation low and sell a large volume of merchandise at everyday low prices.
Giant Tiger has kept the cost of operation low by paying low rent and controlling expenses. There are now over 200 stores in eight provinces.
In 1968, another simple idea was incorporated into the Giant Tiger formula – franchising. Today most Giant Tiger stores are franchised so that the company’s valued customer will be better served because the owner is in the store. Giant Tiger franchise owners become members of the community, sharing community concerns and serving community needs.
In 1977, Giant Tiger added two Chez Tante Marie franchise stores, in Hull and Gatineau. Tiger Trucking began operation in 1987, with the introduction of Giant Tiger trucks delivering merchandise from a growing warehouse system to stores. On September 1, 1990, Giant Tiger established a clothing and footwear buying office in Montreal. The objective was to be closer to the suppliers and manufacturers in order to be in a position to pick up trends quickly and move merchandise to the stores faster.
Giant Tiger offers a large assortment of casual clothing and footwear for the entire family including many of the latest fashion items at the lowest possible prices. In addition, everyday needs in groceries, confectionery, pet food, cleaning supplies, housewares, stationery, toys and health and beauty products are in stock at all times.
Giant Tiger is proud to be an all-Canadian retailer, with its Home Office based in Ottawa, the Nation's Capital.
Throughout the years, Giant Tiger’s goal was and still is to be the community's store of choice, offering outstanding value at everyday low prices. The future is bright for Giant Tiger. With new stores opening and new concepts being tested, Giant Tiger continues to show Canadians that it is a retailer committed to customer needs and able to adapt and grow with the ever changing market.