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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.

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.
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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.

Clint Mahlman Leading Legendary Retailer London Drugs Toward Further Success, Growth and Differentiation [Feature]

The preeminent western Canadian pharmacy continues to build on a legacy that spans more than three quarters of a century.

Montreal-Based Fashion Brand Gorski Opens 1st Flagship Store with Plans for More: Interview/Photos

About 98% of the brand's business is outside of Canada and plans are in place to grow market share.

Podcast: Alo Yoga Opening First International Location in Canada

This week Craig and Lee talk about Alo Yoga's first international location outside of the United States. The flagship store will replace The Gap at Bloor and Bay Streets in Toronto.

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High inflation blamed on supply chain and shift in consumers, Giant Tiger partners with Debbie Travis on home collection, Peter Nygard denied bail, Canadian Tire named most sustainable retailer, 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.