Bowring (Coming Soon)

Store Description

Few companies in Canada can claim as rich and long history as Bowring. Established in Newfoundland in 1811, Bowring is one of the oldest and most respected names in Canadian retailing.

Bowring was started by Benjamin Bowring, an English watch and clock maker, who in 1811 came to St. John’s, Newfoundland and set up shop. His wife also opened a general dry goods shop. This shop later evolved into a thriving general department store and the clock-making was eventually phased out.

Over the next century, five generations of the Bowring family built the enterprise into a vast global empire. In the 1850’s through to the 1870’s Bowring was best known for its ships including oil tankers, cargo fleets, passenger liners and a coastal mail service. The company logo “Terra Nova”, was a Bowring ship which was chartered by the British Navy for Admiral Scott’s famous journey to the Antarctic in 1911. The ship logo is still used today.

Two world wars wiped out a large share of the Bowring shipping fleet. Following World War II, the main activity of the company in Newfoundland was retailing. The company operated its famous Department Store on Water Street in St.John’s, which was later expanded into a chain of “little shops”. These shops were the basis for the current national chain of Bowring stores across Canada.

Though no longer connected to the Bowring family, Bowring Canada remains a privately held, family owned company, which is one hundred percent Canadian owned and operated. Those “little shops” have grown in size and today Bowring has over 35 locations across the country.

Bowring is proud to bring you beautiful and elegant decorative accents for your home. Perfect to give or receive.





POSITION: Store Manager



The ideal candidate will possess a high level of initiative, discretion and independent judgment, with a can-do attitude and the ability to multi-task. One who can see things that need to be done and figure out a way to do them effectively and efficiently.
This position is responsible for:
• Managing all store operations including (but not limited to): motivating, developing and directing people
• Providing training and product knowledge
• Coaching and providing feedback focused on enhancing employee performance
• Overseeing daily procedures
• Organizing and effectively merchandising items for sale
• Advising customers on purchase options
• Utilizing customer-focused selling skills, add-on selling, closing skills and other sales generating skills
• Accurately completing sales using POS system according to established procedures
• Recruiting, selecting, orienting, and training employees
• Accomplishes store results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring and appraising job results; coaching, and counseling staff members; enforcing systems, policies and procedures
• Maintain quality service by establishing and enforcing company standards
• Protecting employees and customers by providing a safe and clean store environment
Skills, Attributes and Experience Required:
• 5 plus years of retail management experience
• College degree
• Must have previous store manager experience in a high volume complex retail environment
• Balanced leader that drives results, develops talent and focuses on the customer
• Proven track record to recruit, hire and coach team to exceed expectations
• Ability to build brand loyalty
• Brings professionalism and a level of sophistication to the role
• Excellent motivational and organizational skills
• Solid oral and written communication skills
• Strong analytical ability
• Problem solving effectiveness
• Merchandise presentation expertise
• Able to adjust and customize according to the needs of the business
Physical Demands:
• Ability to move and/ or lift up to 50 pounds; heavier merchandise with team assist
• Comfortable with the use of ladders
• Must be available to work a flexible schedule including weekends and holidays.
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