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Disney Confirmed to be Closing 10 Additional Stores in Canada in August, Leaving Only 3 Prior to Full Exit

The popular brand has formally confirmed its next round of closures with some 'cast members' already securing new positions elsewhere.

Zara Unveils Bigger and Bolder Flagship Storefront at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby BC

The massive two-level store is the most technologically advanced in Canada for the chain.

Couche-Tard Likely to Become a Grocery Retailer in Canada and it Would Disrupt Loblaw and Other Big Players: Interviews

Couche-Tard's attempts to acquire Carrefour signals intention and with the future of gas stations in question, a broader grocery strategy is most likely at play.

Bay Signage Removed from Hudson’s Bay Centre Tower at Iconic Downtown Toronto Intersection

The tower at the corner of Yonge and Bloor Streets has had the Bay logo branding for almost 50 years.
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Podcast [Interview]: JJ Wilson and Tanner Johnston Launch Performance Skincare for Men

Craig speaks with entrepreneurs JJ Wilson and Tanner Johnston in an energetic conversation about their new Reyal Performance skincare and supplements lines.
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Upscale US-Based Brand ‘Lafayette 148’ to Open 1st Standalone Store in Canada in Toronto

The womenswear brand has been available in limited distribution at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. The new store signals confidence in brick-and-mortar retail at an important location.
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‘Quesada Burritos & Tacos’ Sees Spectacular Growth in Canada with Ongoing Aggressive Expansion

The rapidly growing QSR concept surpassed 150 locations with 20 more planned before the end of the year and no end in sight.

Small Format Grocery Stores are the Future in Canada: Report/Experts

A rise in e-commerce and a shift in consumer preferences is expected to shape grocery retail in this country, negating the need for large-format warehouse formats.

Amazon Cancels 2021 Prime Day in Canada due to the Pandemic

The retail behemoth plans to relaunch Prime Day in 2022 noting health and safety concerns for its employees, customers and partners.

JLL Partners with Canadian AI Product Search Company to Address Hybrid Future of Retail

The real estate firm partnered with Adeptmind to grow online product search capabilities for retail landlords across the country.

Invisible Face Mask ‘Mingle Mask’ Targets Businesses in Canada as Restrictions Lift

The eco-friendly mask allows staff to share facial expressions while breathing easier with protection

6 Tips to Combat Canadian Warehousing Challenges in 2021

Some of the largest Canadian cities, like Toronto, Victoria, Montreal, and Vancouver, are struggling to find warehouse space for businesses to store their goods.

Podcast: Gucci Relocates to Expand Downtown Vancouver Store into Flagship

Craig and Lee discuss Gucci’s plans to expand the standalone Fairmont Hotel Vancouver store into a flagship by annexing the adjacent Omega retail space. In the meantime, Gucci has relocated to Thurlow and Alberni Streets in the former Escada space.

What Canada Can Learn From Sweden About Creating Middle-Class Retail Jobs: Op-Ed

Canadian grocery-store workers earn low wages compared to their counterparts in Sweden. Why?

Winnipeg Retail Vacancies Drop to Lowest in Decade Despite Pandemic: Interview

Federal supports have been a lifeline for many businesses with new retailers large and small opening across the city.

Toronto-Based Nick Iozzo Launches Real Estate Consultancy Agency ‘The Ancillary Agency’

Iozzo's 20+ years in the business includes handling commercial real estate for some of Canada's biggest retail landlords.

Brief: Hillberg & Berk Debuts New Store Design, WANT Les Essentials Opens Pop-up Storefront

Other news: Liberty Clothing opens in Distillery District, Plenty opens store near Vancouver, London Drugs Renovates Robson Street storefront, ergoCentric opens showroom at Square One.

Ren’s Pets Expanding in Canada with Multiple Store Openings: Interviews

The pet speciality retailer is expanding aggressively as demand skyrockets.

Resetting Retail Through Digital Transformation – RCC STORE Conference September 13-16

Several sessions focus on new retail tech and how the evolution of digital is pushing our industry forward.

Podcast [Interview]: DECIEM CEO Nicola Kilner Discusses the Future of the Brand

Craig and Nicola Kilner, CEO of Toronto-based beauty brand DECIEM, discuss the company's expansion including stores, growth during the pandemic as well as future plans for the rapidly growing iconic brand.
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Podcast [Interview]: JJ Wilson and Tanner Johnston Launch Performance Skincare for Men

Craig speaks with entrepreneurs JJ Wilson and Tanner Johnston in an energetic conversation about their new Reyal Performance skincare and supplements lines.

Podcast: Gucci Relocates to Expand Downtown Vancouver Store into Flagship

Craig and Lee discuss Gucci’s plans to expand the standalone Fairmont Hotel Vancouver store into a flagship by annexing the adjacent Omega retail space. In the meantime, Gucci has relocated to Thurlow and Alberni Streets in the former Escada space.

Podcast [Interview]: DECIEM CEO Nicola Kilner Discusses the Future of the Brand

Craig and Nicola Kilner, CEO of Toronto-based beauty brand DECIEM, discuss the company's expansion including stores, growth during the pandemic as well as future plans for the rapidly growing iconic brand.

Podcast: Alberni Street ‘Luxury Zone’ Retail Past and Present Discussion

Craig and Lee talk about Vancouver's Alberni Street and provide commentary about its current state and history on the recently published retail tour by Retail Insider.

Podcast [CEO Interview]: FYidoctors Expands with Medical Aesthetics

Craig speaks with Dr. Alan Ulsifer, CEO of FYidoctors, discussing the optical company's expansion into medical aesthetics. Dr. Ulsifer reveals that his company is expanding further in Canada as well as into the United States and eventually globally.

Brief: Hillberg & Berk Debuts New Store Design, WANT Les Essentials Opens Pop-up Storefront

Other news: Liberty Clothing opens in Distillery District, Plenty opens store near Vancouver, London Drugs Renovates Robson Street storefront, ergoCentric opens showroom at Square One.

Brief: Banana Republic Shuttering Montreal Flagship, Bodega Replacing RYU Off Robson

Other news: Blubird fashion store shutting down in Vancouver, CF Toronto Eaton Centre Launches art murals, Spirthouse Toronto opening in Distillery District, Frank and Oak ends subscription service.

Brief: Decathlon Opens in Brampton, Boathouse Replacing Le Chateau at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Other news: Decathlon opens in Brampton, Thom Browne under construction in Vancouver, Former Sears box at CF Richmond Centre demolished for redevelopment.

Brief: Tokyo Smoke Opening in Top Mall, FYE Opens 2nd Storefront

Other news: American Eagle replacing restructured retailer, TWG relocating to smaller space in Vancouver, Evolve Strength announces location at The Post.

Brief: Ren’s Pets Opening Urban Concept Store, Point Zero Shuts Downtown Montreal Location

Other news: Impact Kitchen opening 5th location in Liberty Village, Daub + Design opens 1st physical showroom, Peace Collective opening at the Distillery District, Rabba opening at Yonge & Rich.
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