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Podcast: Luxury Nodes Shifting in Canada as Malls Take Over and New Ones are Built

This week Craig and Lee talk about how luxury retail nodes in Canada are shifting with the construction of Oakridge Centre in Vancouver and Royalmount in Montreal. The discussion topics includes past luxury retail nodes in Canada and why things are shifting to suburban malls from traditional downtowns.

Pent-Up Demand Leads to Boom in Wedding-Related Retail in Canada [Feature Story/Interviews]

After two years of lockdowns, an unprecedented demand for weddings means retailers and businesses are scrambling to keep up.

‘Frictionless’ Mobile Checkout Tech Launched at Retailer La Vie En Rose in Canada [Interviews]

The revolutionary technology which allows consumers to checkout on their phone from anywhere in a store is expected to expand rapidly as lineups become an issue amid staffing shortages.

California Pizza Kitchen Enters Canadian Market with Plans to Expand Nationwide [Interview]

The company's first franchised location recently opened in Edmonton and now plans are in place to roll it out into major markets.
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Downtown Edmonton Retail Struggling Amid New Developments and Shifting Dynamics [Feature Story/Interviews]

A reduction in foot traffic and a perceived lack of safety are among issues faced by a downtown core which has lost retail space over the years as suburban centres dominate the market.

Video Interview: Arlene Dickinson’s Venturepark Business Ecosystem Contributes $1.6 Billion To Economy

Dickinson talks about what Venturepark Labs and District Ventures Capital do, where they invest money, the focus on food and wellness, what they look for in a company, how they decide where to invest, where the capital comes from and how businesses can apply.

Laurier Quebec Shopping Centre in Quebec City to be Redeveloped, Hudson’s Bay Store to Close in September

Landlord Ivanhoé Cambridge has partnered with a developer to intensify the site of the mall property which will also see its Hudson’s Bay anchor store shut permanently in the fall.

Arc’teryx Debuts 1st-in-Canada ReBIRD Service Center in Newly-Opened CF Toronto Eaton Centre Store [Photos]

The Canadian technical high-performance apparel and equipment brand has introduced an on-site repair and assessment component to its newest store, and will roll out future locations as part of the retailer’s ongoing expansion.

Podcast: Visiting Canada’s 1st Pret a Manger – Could it be a Better Experience?

This week Craig and Lee discuss Pret a Manger's entry into Canada via A&W. Lee, who lives in Vancouver, discusses what he experienced at the Vancouver combined A&W/Pret location and the discussion turns to whether or not a full standalone Pret a Manger would have made more sense for the first Canadian pilot.

Video Interview: Paul Wood, CEO of Giant Tiger and 2022 Canadian Retailer Of The Year Award Winner

Wood talks about the company's success, his background, why he likes retail, current challenges in the industry, key lessons learned through the pandemic, current stores, what's new with the retailer and plans for the future.

IKEA Launches Loyalty Club for Small Businesses in Canada [Interview]

The retailer, which is rapidly expanding its Canadian operations, is looking to further grow market share by targeting those looking to upgrade workspaces.

Part 3: Retail Council of Canada Excellence in Retailing Award Winners

Retail Insider joins RCC in congratulating the winners of the Excellence in Retail Awards.

Salvatore Ferragamo to Open 1st-in-the-World Concept Store on Bloor Street in Toronto

The Italian luxury brand has signed a lease to occupy space currently occupied by a Coach store as well as Mulberry which vacated the street during the pandemic. 

Scotiabank Saddledome and McMahon Stadium in Calgary Go Cashless for Payments with Square Partnership [Interview]

Square technology is being utilized as part of a movement which also includes a giveaway for small businesses in the city.

How the Craft Revolution Helped Develop the Market for Specialty Coffee in Canada and Beyond [Op-Ed]

A professor from Concordia University lays out how the rise in demand and popularity of a craft-oriented approach to consumer goods have shifted in recent years.

Ardene Marks 40 Years with 33 Planned Store Openings for 2022 [Interview]

The Montreal-based fashion retailer is focusing on large-format store expansions after also launching a smaller concept format location in February.

Canadian Retailer ‘Groupe Marie-Claire’ Launching Lifestyle Brand LIVOM with Multiple Store Locations [Feature Interview/Renderings]

The new brand focuses on durable and sustainable furniture, clothing and decor, and will launch a website as well as store locations in major markets in Canada.

Size Matters – The Complexity of Retail Signs in Québec Under Bill 96 [Expert Op-Ed]

New legislation means retail signs will need to make French even more prominent, requiring retailers to update signage with costly implications for failure to comply.

Inside Canada’s 1st Pret a Manger Location in Vancouver [Photos]

A&W has launched a retail presence for the popular UK-based foodservice concept after announcing a partnership this spring.

Retail Council of Canada Partners with KPMG to Launch One-Stop Tool for Industry Data [Interview]

The Retail Pulse Dashboard is a new interactive platform that delivers pertinent, relevant and important statistics on Canadian retail sales, retail job numbers, economic data, and consumer spending.

Youtube Being Utilized by Retailers and Small Businesses in Canada with Success in Creating Audiences [Interview]

The video platform is increasingly being used by retailers to showcase products while educating consumers and even introducing them to business owners, personalizing the experience.

Indigo Closing Chapters Book Store on Rideau Street in Downtown Ottawa to Relocate to CF Rideau Centre [Renderings]

The new concept Indigo store will replace a legacy Chapters store that opened in 1996.

Quebec-Based Fashion Retailer WLKN Opens Downtown Toronto Store and Launches Expansion with Plans for Several Locations [Interview]

The youthful retailer, founded in 2010, marked the opening of a location at CF Toronto Eaton Centre last week with plans to open more stores in the GTA and beyond into 2023.

Podcast [Interview] The Behar Group Marks 30 Years

Craig sits down with The Behar Group's CEO Avi Behar and President/Broker of Record Greg Evans to discuss The Behar Group's history, some notable deals, and where the Toronto-based brokerage sees food halls and retail going over the next several years.

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