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Italian Grocery-Restaurant Concept Lina’s Prepares to Open 15,000 sq ft Location in Calgary’s Inglewood [Photos/Interview]

The expanding business is based on the concept of an Italian public square or marketplace, making it a popular hub that has strong consumer loyalty.

Zellers to Launch Food Trucks in Effort to Drive Traffic to Bay Stores

The retailer has also all but confirmed the relaunch to the Zeddy teddy bear mascot as it prepares to open 25 locations inside of Hudson’s Bay stores this spring.

Cineplex Launches New ‘Junxion’ Entertainment Concept with Additional Canadian Locations Planned [Interviews]

The concept features movies, gaming, dining and live entertainment under one roof, with plans to roll it out to multiple Canadian markets this year as part of a growth strategy for Cineplex.

Queen Street West Retailers in Toronto Anxious about Metrolinx Ontario Line Construction [Interviews]

Construction has the community worried that they’ll experience a repeat of Eglinton line ‘nightmare’.
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Ron White Marks 25th Anniversary of its Charity ‘Shoe Drive’ [Interview]

The Toronto-based brand, which has stores in the area, is taking in gently used footwear that still have life in them to give to those in need.

Supply Chain Issues for Canadian Retailers Expected into 2025: Expert

Various factors are contributing to ongoing challenges to coordinate the optimal availability of goods says Gary Newbury.

DTC Jewellery Brand Mejuri Continues Ongoing Expansion with More Stores in Key Canadian Markets [Interview]

Calgary and Montreal are the latest cities to see openings for the popular jewellery brand which is looking to gain market share with a growing loyal client base.

Subway Strategically Increasing Pace of Canadian Location Expansion [Interview]

Subway Canada will open double the amount of stores from last year while it also renovates other locations with new innovations to enhance the consumer experience.
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Big Box Outlet Store to Expand Outside of BC with 1st Alberta Location Amid Rapid Growth [Interview]

Western Canada's leading liquidator gets its goods from Costco, Target and Amazon, and consumers are embracing the concept as inflation hits the country.

Miami-Based ‘Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming’ Entering Canada with 1st Store and Plans for Many More [Interview]

The leading pet service franchise brand is expanding into Canada with aggressive expansion plans that could make it a household name.

Video Interview: What’s The State Of The Franchising Industry In Canada Today?

An industry expert talks about where the interest in franchising comes from, the top categories, and other trends in the industry.

Herschel Supply Co. to Open Several New Stores This Year Amid Expansion [Interview]

The popular Vancouver-based lifestyle and accessory brand is seeing success with its first stores and will open more, including in the resort town of Banff Alberta.

Promotions and Loyalty Strategies that Win During Difficult Economic Times [Op-ed]

The founder of GetintheLoop provides insights into what strategies work to engage and reward customers.

Canadian Travel Lifestyle Brand Monos to Open 1st Permanent Store this Spring with More Planned [Interview]

The Vancouver-based brand's direct-to-consumer strategy will include multiple store locations following a successful pop-up at Stackt Market.

Halifax ReTales Tallies Number of Store Openings and Closings in 2022 with Surprising Findings [Interview]

Arthur Gaudreau says that population growth in the Halifax area will lead to positive fundamentals for 2023.

Promenade Shopping Centre in Thornhill to be Redeveloped into Vibrant Urban Centre [Renderings/Exclusive Interview]

The transformational mixed-use development will include new retail to serve the area, amenities, and thousands of multi-family residences for the rapidly growing community.

Rapidly Growing Canadian Outerwear Brand FREED Opening Multiple Pop-Ups as Business Expands

The historic Winnipeg-based brand, known particularly for its plush colourful faux-fur vegan coats, is now run by the founder’s granddaughter who has plans to take FREED to the next level.

Quebec-Based Sneaker and Streetwear Retailer Centrall Launches Store Expansion with Plans for New Locations [Interview]

The retailer carries rare and popular styles of sneakers and has found a cult following in the province, prompting Centrall to grow its store count.

‘Rough Ride Ahead’ for Retailers in Canada as Reality Sets In: Doug Stephens

The leading retail analyst sat down with Retail Insider to discuss a “cornucopia” of challenges retailers in Canada are facing following pandemic disruptions.

Zellers will have Uphill Battle to be Successful and Drive Profits for HBC: Expert [Interview]

Competition, a questionable real estate strategy and challenges in the value-price category are among the headwinds for the re-introduction of the Zellers brand to Canada says Bruce Winder.

Calgary Co-op Expands with Acquisition of Alcohol Business [Interview]

It's the latest acquisition for the Calgary retailer which is one of the largest co-operatives in North America.

CF Chinook Centre in Calgary to See Several Global First-to-Market Retailers Open in 2023 [Interview]

Calgary's first Uniqlo, Nike flagship store, and Jo Malone will be among new retailers while others are expanding or relocating in the city's top mall.

Large Corporations Make Huge Profits from Hidden Markups at the Expense of Consumers [Op-Ed]

A professor of economics analyses pricing versus costs and inflation to determine if consumers are being gouged in Canada.

Zellers Announces 25 Shop-in-Shop Hudson’s Bay Locations Including Details on Store Sizes

The HBC-owned brand will open smaller shop-in-shops within Hudson's Bay department stores, including a mix of downtown and suburban locations across the country.

5 Years Since Sears Canada Shut All Stores [Retrospective]

Sears entered the Canadian market with stores and a popular catalogue business in 1952, and the end of the retailer had a profound effect on many, including mall landlords.

Canadian Jewellery Brand Suetables Announces Plans to Open Store at The Well in Downtown Toronto [Interview]

Worn by the likes of the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Suetables was the first in Canada to hand stamp on jewelry on the spot and the company has plans for more stores.

Cadillac Fairview Partners with Shindico to Intensify CF Polo Park in Winnipeg [Interview/Renderings]

The top shopping centre property on the prairies will see redevelopment including thousands of new housing units and the creation of a 'complete community'.

Retail Leasing in Canada Rebounds with Positive Fundamentals: Morguard Report

Keith Reading, Director of Research for Morguard, said the retail sector in 2022 performed better than most people expected as he discusses a report looking at how the pandemic affected retail space dynamics.

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