Canadian Retail Sales Growth for 2023 Expected to be ‘Modest’ Following Record-Breaking Numbers Two Years Prior [Report/Interview]

Retailers face a few hurdles this year as consumers pull back amid inflation, while leasing activity remains strong according to a new Colliers report.

Calgary Co-op Owned ‘Community Natural Foods’ Expanding to Edmonton’s Old Strathcona with 1st Store [Interview]

The retailer has three Calgary locations and its new 10,000+ square foot Edmonton location will mark the beginning of a store expansion in that market.

Jewellery Designer Alan Anderson Opens Unique Atelier Retail Space in Historic Toronto Mansion [Interview/Photos]

The dramatic and unique space will also be utilized for events as Anderson works to help other local designers showcase their wares.

Federal Budget Does Little to Help Canadians with Food Affordability [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that the Federal budget falls short on helping Canadians desperate to afford food at the grocery store.

2023 Federal Budget Misses the Mark for Retailers in Canada [Interviews]

Retail Insider interviewed several association heads who say that the newly released budget isn't sufficient enough to help retailers, and consumers will be negatively impacted as a result.

Canadian Consumers Cautious as Foot Traffic Returns and Preferences Change [Study/Interview]

The next few months could be rocky for some retailers as consumers take a pause following inflation and other pressures.

Goodwill Planning to Open Dozens of Stores in Canada as Thrifting Grows [Interview]

The resale retailer is seeing significant opportunities for growth with large stores as consumers embrace sustainability as well as a value price-point.

Lifestyle Brand ‘La Canadienne’ Opens 4th Store with Plans for Expansion [Interviews/Photos]

Canadian retailer La Canadienne, in business for 35 years, recently opened its fourth store in the country as it strategically looks to expand its brand.

Bloor Street Update: What’s on the Way for Toronto’s Luxury Run? [Podcast]

Craig and Lee talk about retail on Bloor Street in downtown Toronto, including the new temporary Fabricland store where H&M was, as well as new big brands and luxury brands that will be opening this year nearby.

Record Price Obtained for Yorkville Retail Building Containing Isaia Flagship Store

The historic building’s record-breaking price per square foot indicates confidence in Bloor-Yorkville retail, according to CBRE’s Arlin Markowitz.

The Hidden Cost of Carbon Taxes and How it Will Impact Food Retail in Canada [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that the Carbon Tax will make it more difficult for many companies to keep food affordable, impacting many families even more who are already suffering.

Women Of Color Retail Alliance Building A Network Of Support And Change [Interview]

Kimberly Lee Minor and Liza Amlani discuss the organization and the challenges women of colour still face in the retail sector.

Airports in Canada Missing the Mark, Need to Bring in More Localized Retailers and Offerings [Expert Interview]

Larry Leung says that the ‘arrival side’ in particular is an opportunity for airports to attract waiting consumers while promoting tourism in the city and offering experiences.

Broader Shift in Consumer Spending in Canada Towards Experiential Activities [Report/Expert Interview]

Steve Sadove of Mastercard goes over recent numbers showing a cautious Canadian consumer around retail, while foodservice businesses are "killing it" in terms of growth post-pandemic.

Fabricland to Replace H&M on Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run

Fabricland will be located across from Holt Renfrew on the most prestigious retail street in Canada.

Zellers Could be Successful in Canada After Thursday Launch at Hudson’s Bay [Interview]

Madeleine Nicholls of Colliers says that the timing is right for a value concept as consumers seek nostalgia and value at a challenging time.

Innovative Lifestyle Retailer Benkei Hime Plans National Store Expansion After 2022 Launch [Interviews]

The bubble tea and fashion/youth culture retail concept opened its first Canadian locations last year, and broker Jeff Berkowitz says many more are on the way.

Eyewear Brand Warby Parker Adding More Stores to its Canadian Roster [Interview]

A company representative said in an interview that Warby Parker is bullish on its brick-and-mortar expansion after opening its first store in Canada in 2016.

Immersive Aquarium to Open as Part of Montreal’s Royalmount Project [Interviews]

The exciting mixed-use Royalmount will also feature a roster of foodservice offerings and retailers, including a mix of luxury brand stores such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

Mark Cohen, Former Sears Canada CEO, Discusses Why Nordstrom Failed in Canada [Video Interview]

Craig sits down with Mark Cohen, Director of Retail Studies at Columbia Business School and CEO of Sears Canada between 2001 and 2004. They discuss why Nordstrom failed in Canada, what might happen with the spaces as well as a revelation that HBC attempted to get Sears to acquire it twice during Cohen's tenure.

Inside Zellers 2.0 and its Newly Secured In-House Brand ‘Anko’ [Photos/Analysis]

The new Zellers stores at Hudson’s Bay launch tomorrow, featuring Kmart Australia-developed brand Anko which is expanding globally after seeing commercial success in that country.

Shake Shack to Open in Toronto with National Expansion Confirmed

The highly anticipated expansion begins next year with plans for dozens of locations to open over the course of a decade.

Opportunities Present to Repurpose Nordstrom Spaces in Canada: Experts Comment

Retail Insider got the opinions of several experts as to what might happen with Nordstrom's Canadian stores after the retailer exits the country.

‘Wild Fork’ Launches in Canada with Plans to Open Storefronts in National Expansion [Interview/Renderings]

The innovative food company that delivers quality meat and seafood will open physical locations across the country.

Australia-Based Laser Clinics Secures Flagship Location in Toronto as it Launches Aggressive Expansion [Interview]

The concept is part of the world's largest cosmetic clinic group, and it will expand rapidly in the Canadian market after launching in Ontario last year.

Toronto-Based Retailer ‘Parpar Boutique’ Planning to Open More Stores with Expansion [Interview]

The retailer is unique in how it brings in new styles daily, creating a buzz and FOMO among customers.

Smaller Packages at Grocery Stores in Canada Amid ‘Shrinkflation’ Could Trigger Taxes at the Checkout [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that even more grocery items are expected to be taxed as brands reduce the size of certain food offerings below government thresholds.

Aberdeen Mall in Kamloops BC Adding New Retailers Including Tenanting Sears Box [Interview]

The popular shopping centre added retailers during the pandemic and continues to strategize its retail mix including remerchandising a former Sears space.


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