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Disney Confirmed to be Shutting All Stores in British Columbia as Phase 1 of a Canadian Exit

The three stores in BC will shut within two weeks and locations in other provinces are expected to follow before the end of the summer.

Loblaw Adding Hundreds of Vendors Amid Online Marketplace Expansion: Interview

The platform is seeing significant growth as consumers shift online says a Loblaw exec.

The Shift to Digital-First, Customer-Centred Engagement: Salesforce Online Event, Tuesday June 22 at 12pm Eastern/9am Pacific

Brian Solis, Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce, will discuss the retail digital transformation that is happening over the course of the pandemic.

Supply Chain Security Tips for Canadian Retailers

As the retail industry embraces digital transformation, it faces new challenges from cybercriminals.
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Season 3, Episode 14: Aritzia Getting into Menswear and ‘WANT Les Essentiels’ Acquired

This week, Craig and Lee talk about Artizia buying a stake in Reigning Champ as well as Montreal's Robert brothers acquiring WANT Les Essentiels.

Expert: The Canadian Grocery Sector Will Look Very Different in the Post-Pandemic World

Industry guru Sylvain Charlebois says that despite recent success, there are many questions for Canadian grocers to answer going forward
The CORE from Stephen Avenue Mall (8th Ave SW) in Calgary.

Downtown Calgary Retail in Peril Amid Unprecedented Office Space Vacancy: Interviews

The pandemic and a lack of office workers is hitting retail and foodservice hard, but there's hope say some experts.

Online Customer Service More Important than Expected Amid Digital Shift in Canada: Study

A new Salesforce report notes consumer expectations may not be met resulting in lost sales to competitors.

Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in Canada See Rapid Growth by Selling on Amazon During the Pandemic: Interviews

The virtual marketplace is proving to be an ideal platform for small and medium-sized business growth.

Mary Brown’s Chicken Launches Aggressive Canadian Store Expansion Amid Pandemic

This year alone the chain is opening 32 locations with plans to eventually dominate the market by opening 300+ more.

French Sporting Goods Behemoth Decathlon Announces Massive Concept Store in Former Sears Space at Calgary’s Southcentre: Interviews

The highly experiential 70,000 square foot store will also include a fulfillment centre and is part of a transformation of Southcentre during the pandemic.

Retail Tour Update: The Amazing Brentwood in Burnaby (June 2021)

The overhauled shopping centre is adding new tenants in an outdoor component that is architecturally stunning.

Aritzia Expands into Menswear Space with Majority Acquisition of Vancouver-Based Reigning Champ

It follows Aritzia’s move into menswear in 2019 with a ‘puffer’ jacket.

Kate Spade Shuts Yorkville Flagship Store After 8 Years of Operations

It was the brand's second Canadian storefront and several retailers are said to be interested in leasing the space.

Interview: Quebec Entrepreneur Acquires Iconic ‘WANT Les Essentiels’ Luxury Brand with Plans for Expansion

Quebec’s Robert brothers have plans for at least one WANT store while seeing synergies for growth with their outerwear brand Quartz Co.

Retail Tour Update: Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver (Spring 2021)

Several new retailers have been added to the beautiful centre over the past several months.

Retail Updates from the Desk of Craig Patterson: June 14 2021

Retail openings and closings for the week as well as happenings and observations in the industry. Be sure to follow these reports as we're announcing things no one else is.

France-Based ‘Repair and Run’ Expands into Canada with 1st Location and Plans for More

The unique bike, e-bike and scooter repair concept will open many more locations via the team that saw success with Mobile Klinik.

To Create a Better Work Environment After COVID-19, We Must Truly Hear Employees: Op-Ed

Research shows that there’s a disconnect between the way media covered work issues during the pandemic and the stories workers felt were important for the public to understand.

Special Edition 34: David Goldman on Boys’Co’s Final Chapter

This week, Craig and David discuss the 75 year fashion legacy of family-owned Murray Goldman, including the 37 year run of iconic Vancouver-based menswear retailer Boys'Co which will shut down at the end of this year. Despite the sad news, it's a positive conversation with a lot of history and gratitude.
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Season 3, Episode 14: Aritzia Getting into Menswear and ‘WANT Les Essentiels’ Acquired

This week, Craig and Lee talk about Artizia buying a stake in Reigning Champ as well as Montreal's Robert brothers acquiring WANT Les Essentiels.

Special Edition 34: David Goldman on Boys’Co’s Final Chapter

This week, Craig and David discuss the 75 year fashion legacy of family-owned Murray Goldman, including the 37 year run of iconic Vancouver-based menswear retailer Boys'Co which will shut down at the end of this year. Despite the sad news, it's a positive conversation with a lot of history and gratitude.

Season 3, Episode 13: Hudson’s Bay Downsizing its Downtown Flagship Stores

This week, Craig and Lee talk about Craig's analysis on The Hudson's Bay Company's potential redevelopment plans for its flagship locations in Canadian downtowns. Is it a good strategy or missed opportunity?

Special Edition 33: Melissa Austria of Gotstyle Talks Retail in Toronto

Craig and Melissa discuss the history of Toronto-based Gotstyle and how the retail brand that she founded in 2005 has been able to weather the pandemic, in addition to thoughts and ideas about the future of high-end fashion retail in Canada.

Special Edition 32: Outgoing Downtown Vancouver BIA Head Charles Gauthier Talks Retail

Craig and Charles discuss how he landed the position 29 years ago, retail in the downtown core and what he has planned next.

Retail Updates from the Desk of Craig Patterson: June 14 2021

Retail openings and closings for the week as well as happenings and observations in the industry. Be sure to follow these reports as we're announcing things no one else is.

Canadian Retail Updates from the Desk of Craig Patterson

Store openings, closings, opinions and other happenings are discussed in this inaugural segment of a new series.

Brief: Ralph Lauren Sells Club Monaco, Hudson’s Bay Takes 15% BIPOC Pledge

Foodtastic acquires vegan QSR brand Copper Branch, Adidas opens at the Amazing Brentwood, Division Twelve furnishings opening Toronto showroom.

BRIEF: Sephora to Open Almost 50 Stores in Canada, Cadillac Fairview and Ivanhoé Swapping Assets

Other News: Lise Watier maximizes brand visibility, Hudson's Bay launches social impact platform, Jane's Walk goes virtual, Farm Boy continues expansion, London Drugs supports local, and Bed Bath & Beyond launches same-day delivery.

BRIEF: Hudson’s Bay Launches Beauty Recycling, Tim Hortons ‘Innovation Café’ Shutters in the Financial District

Other News: Porsche opens large showroom at CF Markville, BonLook acquires virtual measurement tool, Altitude Sports launches next-day delivery.
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