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Canadian Shopping Centres Have Among the Highest Occupancy Rates in the World: Cadillac Fairview VP

Darryl Schmidt also noted that downtown properties continue to struggle given a lack of office workers, though sales levels in some cases are exceeding 2019 levels.

Podcast: International Retail Brands That Entered Canada Over 12 Months

This week Craig and Lee talk about the new international retail brands that entered Canada over the course of 2021. Included is an analysis as well as a projection for 2022.

Unique Second-Hand Retailer Opens Inside of Hudson’s Bay Store [Interview/Photos]

Surplus Market is inspired by thrifting in Tokyo with the owners focused on sustainability.

A ‘Perfect Storm’ for Criminal Activity: US-Style Smash-and-Grab Retail Crime Expected for Canada [Feature]

An expert says that Canadian retailers should be concerned as unfortunate economic conditions lead to an increase in violent crime in stores.
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Leger Study Ranks In-Store Experience at Ontario Retailers: Interview

The annual study surveys thousands of Ontarians about their in-store experience and provides top rankings, with some surprising findings.

IKEA Partnership Launching One of the Largest Zero Emission Vehicle Fleets in Canada for Deliveries: Interview

IKEA Canada says that it wants to reach 100% zero-emission deliveries by 2025.

International Brands Continued to Enter Canadian Market by Opening Stores Over the Past 12 Months with More to Come [Feature/Analysis]

Retail Insider provides its annual tally of international brands that entered Canada by opening stores, as well as insights on current expansion plans.

M&M Food Market to be Acquired by Parkland Corporation

The massive acquisition includes over 300 well-located standalone franchise and corporate owned stores, over 2,000 M&M Express locations, and a well-established rewards program with approximately two million active members.

Podcast [Interview] Sean Tarry, Editor-In-Chief of Retail Insider the magazine

Craig and Sean discuss this year's launch of the Retail Insider the magazine, including what it will entail and how it will fit into an expansion of the Retail Insider Media business in 2022.

UK-Based Specsavers Announces Plans for 200 Canadian Stores as it Looks to Dominate Optical Industry

The world’s largest optometrist owned business quietly entered Canada last year and is now making a huge investment to grab market share from competitors in an already tight market.

Pablo Cheese Tart Chain Expanding with New Locations in Canada: Interview

The Japanese pastry, desert and baked goods retailer is growing its locations in the Canadian market including new cities.

Retailers in Canada Utilizing Pinterest to Reach Consumer Base: Interview

IKEA and Indigo are among the retailers focusing on the visual platform that has over 11 million monthly active users in Canada.
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Ontario to begin easing restrictions Jan 31, scammers still draining gift cards, Home Hardware ranked top for customer experience, vertical farming could be stopgap for vacant retail space, and other news.
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Brief: ‘Beyond the Rink by Bauer’ Opens at Union Station, Farm Boy Opens Impressive Central Toronto Storefront

Other News: Stitch It opens 3D body measurement retail space, Willowbrook Centre adds Red Robin to its restaurant component, Freak Lunchbox opens at Avalon Mall in St. John’s.

Brief: Decathlon Opens 10th Canadian Store, Birks Jewellers Opens State-of-the-Art Service Centre

Other News: LCBO opens impressive store on the Bloor Street luxury run, Swatch opening downtown Toronto store.