Craig Patterson

Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

Generative AI Technology Takes Center Stage as Retail Leaders and IT Executives Prioritize Ethical Adoption

New Research Highlights Surge in Interest and Concerns Over the Ethical Use of Generative AI in Business.

Ralph Lauren Expands in Canada with 1st Full-Price Luxury Store at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre [Photos]

The US-based brand has opened a concept store featuring a mix of luxury and Polo products, and is expected to open more in Canada after launching an e-commerce site next month. 

Generative AI Reshapes Ecommerce Landscape: Revolutionizing Customer Experiences

The world of online shopping is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by the power of generative AI technology. Retailers with online sales are adopting innovative approaches to enhance customer...

Generative AI’s Impact on Ecommerce: Transformative Insights

In the ever-evolving landscape of ecommerce, the intersection of generative artificial intelligence (AI) and online retailing represents a key advancement that warrants scrutiny. Generative AI has already had a...

Inside the New KITH Store on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto [Photos]

The stunning storefront took months to build, features Kith Treats and a restaurant concept from New York City, and could be a game changer for the Bloor-Yorkville area. 

Browns Shoes to Return to Toronto’s Bloor Street with New Storefront

The Canadian footwear retailer had a presence in the area for decades until recently, and now it returns in a space that is steps from Holt Renfrew.

Ferragamo Opens Largest Canadian Storefront on Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run [Interview]

The Italian luxury brand is growing its retail presence in Canada under a new creative director with a contemporary vision. It’s the latest brand to open on the rapidly transforming Bloor Street luxury run.

Furla Abruptly Exits Canadian Market and Shuts All Stores 

The upscale Italian brand opened three standalone locations in Canada, and locked the doors on the stores last week without any warning.

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For September 1st, 2023

Indigo hopeful new store concept will bring consumers back, Metro reaches tentative deal with union over strike, London Drugs demands accountability from BC amid shoplifting violence, and other news.

Luxury Brand Moncler to Expand Canadian Presence with Store at West Edmonton Mall 

Edmonton will boast the largest standalone Moncler storefront in Canada when it opens later this year.

Vancouver-Based Luxury Reseller ‘Mine & Yours’ Expands into Toronto with Yorkville Storefront [Photos]

The retailer is expanding rapidly with plans this fall to also open a store in Vancouver’s Kitsilano area.

Hudson’s Bay Launches Outlet Store Concept 

The department store retailer’s new location features outlet pricing, following the shuttering of a previous Hudson’s Bay Outlet concept during the pandemic. 

Yorkdale Launches Unprecedented 100,000 Square Foot Luxury Retail Expansion in Toronto [Feature/Photos]

Oxford Properties will re-tenant Yorkdale's centre run in an effort to create one of the world’s leading clusterings of luxury brand stores. 

Uniqlo Continues Canadian Store Expansion with 2nd Edmonton Location Announced 

The Japanese fashion brand is growing its presence in Canada by opening multiple stores in major markets.

Londonderry Shopping Centre in Edmonton Adding Tenants, Hudson’s Bay Store Downsizing and Remaining Open 

The northeast Edmonton mall is adding tenants to cater to locals, while its original anchor department store will remain open following an announcement earlier this year that it was shutting.

Reformation Opens Pop-Up at Holt Renfrew in Calgary to Test the Market

The US-based fashion brand is expanding its presence in Canada with a temporary location that will 100% offset its electrical use with wind power.

New Brands Transforming Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue into Youthful High-End Retail Destination [Feature]

Kith, John Elliott, and other brands are expected to drive considerably more foot traffic into the Bloor-Yorkville area coming this fall. 

Hudson’s Bay to Close Store in Burlington ON, will Relocate Zellers Shop-in-Store [Exclusive]

One of two Hudson’s Bay department stores in the city will close next year as the retailer strategizes its real estate portfolio.

Unleashing the Power of Retail Analytics: Pioneering the Future of Customer Insights

In today's rapidly evolving retail landscape in Canada and globally, the strategic deployment of data analytics has become paramount to achieving competitive advantage. From traditional sales data to cutting-edge...

We’ll be Back Next Week, News From Around the Web Still Publishing

Retail Insider will be publishing news stories again after July 11. In the meantime, we're still publishing our daily Canadian Retail News From Around the Web.

Lululemon to Expand Highly Productive Store at West Edmonton Mall, Shutting Old Strathcona Location

The top-selling Lululemon location will become even larger, as the brand expands existing locations across the country and opens new stores. 

Salesforce Tableau’s Generative AI Set to Revolutionize the Retail Industry [Interview]

Tableau, a leading data analytics platform owned by Salesforce, is poised to disrupt the retail industry with its groundbreaking generative AI technology. Pedro Arellano, SVP & GM at Tableau, Salesforce,...

Nike to Open Largest Store in Canada at West Edmonton Mall

The store is part of an expansion for Fox Group and Nike that includes large flagships in major cities.

Royalmount in Montreal Announces more Retail Tenants Ahead of Summer 2024 Opening: Interview with Carbonleo CEO Andrew Lutfy [Exclusive]

Lutfy says that he aims to make Royalmount a world-class destination with a mix of retail, foodservice and attractions that will be unlike anything in Canada.

Kate Spade Launches New Store Design in New Location at West Edmonton Mall [Photos]

The fashion brand’s newest store concept references New York City with an eye-catching design, and recently relocated from elsewhere in the mall.

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