Staples Unveils Next Gen Working and Learning Store Spanning 2 Floors [Photos/CEO Interview]

The retailer is rolling out concept stores that include coworking spaces and studio offerings.

Video Interview: Ryan Gubic Discusses Canadian Consumer Stress Amid Challenging Times

Gubic talks about the impact of financial stress on mental health, the concern about rising costs for groceries, gas and other goods and services, and the impact on spending.

Nature’s Emporium to Open 25,000 Square Foot Downtown Toronto Food Store, National Expansion Planned

The Ontario-based health food retailer plans to open more southern Ontario locations before expanding with new stores across the country.

Cadillac Fairview Partners to Launch Design Incubator at CF Toronto Eaton Centre [Interviews/Photos]

The initiative is part of an activation for the busy downtown shopping centre and a first of its kind for the landlord.

Federal Government ‘Is the Consumer’s Worst Enemy’ as Food Prices Rise in Canada [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that the government's efforts are ill-directed and insufficient at a time when many consumers are precariously stretched financially.

Warehouse Workers at The Bay Go on Strike: Interviews

The union says negotiations broke down suddenly, affecting operations at one of Canada's largest retailers.

Walmart Launching 30-Minute Grocery Delivery in Greater Toronto Area

The retailer continues to innovate to grow marketshare with an Instacart partnership that will see much faster delivery in Canada's largest market with millions of customers.

Automated Pizza Oven Concept ‘PizzaForno’ Plans to Launch Thousands of Locations in North America [Interview]

The innovative Canadian concept is made fresh to order 24/7 with plans for 20,000 more locations by 2026.

Video Interview: CultivatR Creates Unique Online Farmer’s Market

The founder talks about what the company does, how it came to be, growth during the pandemic, why consumers like this idea, and plans for the future.

Gap-Owned Athleta Announces 5 More Canadian Stores to Open in 2022 [Interview]

The brand entered Canada last year with two stores and is picking up the pace with more stores in BC, Alberta and Ontario.

Online Retailers in Canada Facing Barriers to Entry Amid Growing eComm Competition: Expert Interview

Industry veteran David Nagy says that retailers online need to look to key factors or face failure.

ABURI Restaurant Group Launches Japanese Grocery Store Concept Set for Expansion in Canada

The first location spans 4,000 square feet and carries a range of unique prepared, grab-and-go and other items with a concept that can be replicated elsewhere.

eTail Canada Conference Returns September 28-29 2022 in Toronto

It’s the first in-person eTail Canada event since 2019.

Streetwear Retailer PLUS Enters Calgary and Ottawa Markets via Major Enclosed Malls as it Opens CF Toronto Eaton Centre Store [Interview/Photos]

The edgy retailer carries sneakers, collectables and objects and recently introduced vintage clothing to cater to a young, affluent demographic.

Vancouver-Based ‘Moe’s Home Collection’ Unveils Flagship HQ Retail Showspace [Photos/Interview]

The 30,000 square foot retail space acts as a showpiece for a new multi-level building that will take the company into the future.

Resort Wear Retailer Revelle Opens 3-Storey Storefront in Toronto’s Yorkville Area [Photos/Interview]

The retailer features exclusive international designers from Australia and Europe with a focus on female-owned.

Upscale NYC-Based Women’s Fashion Brand Lafayette 148 Opens 1st Canadian Store in Toronto [Photos]

The store is at the heart of the luxury retail strip in the city and marks the newest tenant on the rapidly changing street.

Touchless ‘Smart’ Checkout Technology Coming to Thousands of ACT Convenience Stores [With Video]

The AI-powered self-checkout system will improve customer checkout times by as much as 400% and could change the way consumers feel about a human-less process.

Walmart Canada Launches State-of-the-Art in-Store Technology to Significantly Speed-Up Online Grocery: Interviews

Tighter inventory control means fewer substitutions for customers with automation enabling picking to be much faster.

Holt Renfrew Launches Summer 2022 Campaign ‘Summer in Motion’ [Interview]

The large-format luxury retailer is targeting Millennials and Gen Z consumers with an in-store concert series, Spotify playlists curated by DJs and social media among other endeavours.

Video Interview: Kettleman’s Bagel Discusses Retailer’s Expansion Plans

The founder/CEO talks about the company's history, what is unique about it, current locations and future plans, and his own bagel favourites.

Canada Goose to Relocate Company Headquarters to Sugar Wharf in Downtown Toronto [Feature]

The popular and rapidly expanding outerwear and fashion brand is relocating to a glossy new downtown development in one of the biggest office transactions in the city since the start of the pandemic.

Innovative Walmart Supercentre Opens at Hillside Centre in Victoria, Replacing Former Sears: Interviews/Photos

The two-level store features an attractive facade and tech enabled to serve the community via ecommerce as well as curbside and in-store.

Vancouver-Based John Fluevog Launches 1st Collaboration with Iconic UK Designer Zandra Rhodes: Feature Q&A

Fluevog and Rhodes sat down with Catherine Dunwoody of Retail Insider in Vancouver to discuss the first-ever initiative.


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