Foodtastic to Acquire Quesada Burritos & Tacos Amid Major Growth Push [Interview]

One of Canada's largest restaurant companies is growing rapidly with its latest acquisition expected to put it at over a billion in sales by next year.

Iconic Canadian Brand Tilley Opens 1st Store Under Leadership of Joe Mimran [Interview/Photos]

It's the 'next generation' for the brand, once known as Tilley Endurables and known particularly for its sailing-friendly 'Tilley hats'.

Pet Retailer Mondou Opens 80th Store with Plans for Further Expansion [Interview]

Customers have been asking for stores closer to home, while Mondou expands its product offerings including over 1000 new SKUs of food and accessories.

Video Interview: Chatting About the Latest Issue of Retail Insider the magazine with Sean Tarry

Sean Tarry, Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider the magazine, talks about the stories and issues being covered, where to find the publication, the concept and how it's different from the daily Retail Insider news website, and what's next for the magazine.

Home retailer ‘MUST’ Opens its Largest Storefront West of Downtown Montreal [Photos/Interview]

The retail brand was created in 2005 as a collection in Maison Corbeil stores, and has since become a retail powerhouse in its own right with an innovative concept that is opening new locations.

Halifax Shopping Centre Adding Another Major Retailer to Former Sears Box [Interview/Renderings]

The retailers will join La Maison Simons in a 150,000 square foot space that has been vacant since Sears' demise in 2018.

Creator Economy Showcased at One of a Kind Show Toronto [Interview/Photos]

The multi-day show has been a Toronto tradition since 1975, and has seen substantial growth according to Director Janice Leung.

Podcast [Interview] RBC Launches Buy Now Pay Later Platform ‘PayPlan by RBC’

Craig interviews two special guests: Neill Ashe, Senior Director, Payments & Commerce at RBC, who talks about PayPlan by RBC and how it functions. Craig then speaks with Troy Skinner, Parts Asset Manager at Martin Motor Sports, about how the retailer is seeing success with PayPlan.

European Outdoor Coat Brand Wellensteyn to Enter Canadian Market and Open Stores [Interview]

The brand is looking to open its first store in Canada in 2023, and will disrupt the already crowded outerwear category.

Halo Car Wash Launches Location Expansion in ‘Under-Served’ Canadian Markets [Interview]

The express car wash company, which can wash up to 200 cars per hour, is focusing on Ontario while planning a rollout across Eastern Canada in the coming years.

First-of-its-Kind Luxury Dental Office ‘Paste Dental’ Opens in Downtown Toronto with Plans for Expansion [Interview]

The customer-centric dental concept aims to create a luxury experience for its patients with elevated interior design, towel service, customized lighting and music, and new technologies.

Henry Singer to Relocate Downtown Edmonton Flagship Store to the ICE District [Interview]

The luxury men's multi-brand retailer will relocate its storefront as part of a shift being seen in downtown Edmonton.

Membership-Based Juno Veterinary Plans National Expansion, Opens 1st Location [Interview/Photos]

The company says it is reimagining, redesigning and inspiring the vet experience with best-in-class technology, 24/7 virtual care access, concierge medicine, and warm hospitality.

Graham Rosen Leading the Expanding Harry Rosen Outlet Division [Interview]

One of the the grandsons of the founder, and brother of Ian Rosen, is now leading the luxury menswear retailer's outlet division which just opened its fifth storefront.

Nobis Launches Online Resale Platform to Extend Life of its Parkas [Interview]

QR codes authenticate Nobis products which can be resold by owners as part of the brand's sustainability push.

Canadian Retail Sales Expected to Increase More than 20% from Pre-Pandemic for Holidays [Report/Interview]

Steve Sadove says that consumers are spreading things out this year, shopping earlier and later for a variety of reasons that have some retailers baffled.

IKEA Canada Pushes Sustainability with Second-Hand Furniture Campaign [Interview]

The retailer is pushing its 'Circular Hub' products in Canada as part of a goal to be more sustainable amid growing consumption.

Video Interview: Was Black Friday/Cyber Monday in Canada All It Was Cracked Up To Be?

David Ian Gray talks about how the dynamic around Black Friday has changed over the years, the changing consumer behaviour and how the shopping sale period has been extended.

Canadian Jewellery Designer Dean Davidson Opens 1st Flagship Storefront [Photos/Interview]

The designer, worn by Oprah, Jennifer Lopez and others is marking 15 years, and has opened a flagship store in Cabbagetown with offices above.

Podcast: Discussing the Apple Flagship Store that Just Opened in Downtown Vancouver

Craig and Lee discuss the new flagship Apple Store that opened last week at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver, marking the first of its kind for Canada. Lee also discusses the media event prior and his opinion on what went on.

Le Labo Opens ‘Rustic’ Flagship Storefront in Toronto’s Yorkville Area [Photos]

The luxury fragrance brand, known to have limited distribution, has opened its third Canadian storefront in a historic building.

Captain’s Oven Pizza Opens 1st In-Mall Location with Plans for Expansion [Interview/Photos]

The authentic Neapolitan brand will continue with its mall expansion with plans to also expand into another province.

Foot Traffic Up at Malls in Canada as Consumers Return to Brick-and-Mortar [Interview]

A representative at Colliers says that, remarkably, foot traffic is up 30% on one mall over 2019 -- and with the holidays approaching, more consumers are going to stores to ensure they get what they want.

Arc’teryx Launches 1st ‘Pinnacle’ Concept Store in Vancouver’s Kitsilano Area [Interview/Photos]

The unique concept store is the second in the country to feature the ReBIRD repair service, and has unique elements not found in other locations in Canada.

Shops at One York in Downtown Toronto Adding New Retailers and Tenants: Sean Menkes Interview

The retail podium in Toronto's South Core is seeing significant changes including a food hall, grocery store and Second City among other updates.

Retail Insider and SAJO Announce Exclusive Partnership

The partnership will include elements of education, given SAJO's 45 year history and view to the future.

EY Partners with Canada’s Shopify to Help Retailers Scale E-Commerce Businesses [Interview]

The dynamic partnership will establish a first-of-its-kind EY wavespace x Shopify Centres, and will reimagine the future of e-comm while unlocking new markets for retailers.

Behind the Veil of Fashion’s Rising Prices, Including Contemporary Brands [Op-Ed]

Alex Mazelow explains how pricing in the fashion industry has shifted recently with world events, including contemporary brands that are now raising prices beyond the typical ‘sweet spots’ for consumers.


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