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Retail giant Chapters Indigo pulls Vancouver Candle Co. from its shelves for racist texts

"Given current events, we are removing all Vancouver Candle Company products from our site and stores."
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Retail giant Chapters Indigo states that it will pull all of Vancouver Candle Company's products from its online site and stores. 

The Vancouver-based candle company has come under fire for a series of racist and threatening messages that a local sales agency says it received from the company's co-owner, Nick Rabuchin.

Over the weekend, the Warner McDaniel Agency shared a series of screenshots in an Instagram post that they say contain conversations with Rabuchin of Vancouver Candle Co. The messages contain disturbing and hateful racist language.

A number of companies that Vancouver Candle Co. has worked with have responded in anger, sadness, and shock. 

Now, Indigo says that it won't carry the local candle company's products online or in its stores. 

"At Indigo we take pride in the assortment of products and brands we carry," Melissa Perri, Manager of Public Relations at Indigo writes to Vancouver Is Awesome in an email. 

 

"Given current events, we are removing all Vancouver Candle Company products from our site and stores."

 

Another retail giant states that it is investigating the Vancouver Company Co. story.

 

Nordstrom Canada also carries the candle company, and it responded to a comment on an Instagram post last night calling for it to remove the product, writing:  Nordstrom does not tolerate discrimination of any kind and this extends to our partners. We take this seriously and are looking into these claims. - Lauren."

V.I.A. has reached out to Vancouver Candle Co. for comment and will update the story when information becomes available. 

More to come..