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.

Upscale Pusateri’s Fine Foods to Close Yorkville Grocery Store in Toronto After 20 Years

The 5,500 square foot store opened to much fanfare in 2003, with valet parking, private chefs and pricey goods. 

Factory Direct to Shut All 14 Stores Amid Bankruptcy, Liquidation to Begin Saturday

The company, founded in 1995, is one of Canada’s largest privately owned discount retailers which struggled with declining sales and increasing costs following the pandemic.

Anine Bing to Open 2nd Canadian Storefront at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto 

The US-based women’s fashion brand recently opened its first Canadian store at Yorkdale, and will open its second location in a downtown luxury hotel. 

Brooks Brothers Opens Storefront in Former Club Monaco Building on Bloor Street in Toronto [Photos]

The US-based retailer’s new store is in an iconic building at the corner of Bloor and Avenue Road, featuring historic architecture and a marble interior. 

Oakridge Park in Vancouver Announces First Confirmed Luxury Retail Tenants Ahead of 2025 Grand Opening [Feature]

The massive mixed-use project, developed by QuadReal and Westbank, will create a significant luxury retail node in Vancouver with brands such as Louis Vuitton and Prada. 

Cole Haan to Return to Downtown Toronto with Storefront in CF Toronto Eaton Centre

The brand closed its only full-priced store in Canada in late 2021 on Bloor Street, and it’s now making a return in the busiest mall on the continent. 

Shake Shack to Join The Ballroom Bowl and Hard Rock Cafe at ‘The Tenor’ in Downtown Toronto

The first location for Shake Shack will occupy a prominent corner location at Yonge and Dundas in an iconic building seeing new tenants. 

Italian Luxury Brand Brunello Cucinelli Opens Yorkdale Pop-Up Ahead of Permanent Space in New Luxury Wing 

The brand’s pop-up opened in the mall after a concession at Holt Renfrew shut for an expansion of Chanel. 

adidas to Open Massive Concept Store in Former Victoria’s Secret in Downtown Vancouver [Exclusive] 

The store will be the largest for the brand in Canada, by far, showing confidence in downtown Vancouver and its retail potential.

New Zealand-Based Men’s Fashion Brand Rodd & Gunn to Enter Canada with Standalone Stores

The brand plans to expand by opening stores across the country after establishing itself via concessions in Hudson’s Bay. 

Nike Unveils Largest Store in Canada at West Edmonton Mall [Photos]

Israel-based licensee Fox Group is expanding the Nike nameplate across Canada while also taking back operations in British Columbia. 

Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre to See Ongoing Retail Transformation into 2024 [Photos]

The highly productive mall, known for housing many luxury brands, recently added several retailers with more to come including a new luxury wing. 

Balenciaga Expands Further in Canada with Standalone Downtown Vancouver Store [Photos]

The Kering-owned luxury brand is opening standalone stores in major cities across Canada, with more to come. 

Louis Vuitton Updates Vancouver Flagship with Plans for More Standalone Canadian Stores 

The luxury brand has been renovating its large store at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for about a year, and will open at least one standalone store in Canada next year with another potentially in 2025, say sources.

Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run to See Ongoing Retail Transformation Into 2024 [Feature]

The stretch of Bloor formerly known as the ‘Mink Mile’ is seeing new flagship luxury stores opening, with more to come in 2024 as leases are signed in the former Club Monaco and other buildings. 

Uniqlo Announces Canadian Store Expansion Plans for Spring 2024

The Japanese fashion retailer is picking up the pace of its Canadian store expansion, seeing strong sales here after entering the country seven years ago. 

Alo Yoga Entering Quebec Market Amid Ongoing Canadian Store Expansion

The US-based athleisure brand, similar to Lululemon, has launched a multi-store-per-city strategy in Canada as it enters the Belle Provence. 

West Edmonton Mall Continues to Expand Luxury Retail with Addition of Moncler; Tiffany Marks 10 Years

Italian luxury brand Moncler is the latest to join the massive shopping centre with retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Gucci. The mall’s first luxury store, Tiffany & Co. is also marking 10 years. 

Liz Rodbell Returns to Hudson’s Bay as President and CEO Following Sophia Hwang-Judiesch Departure 

Rodbell led Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor from 2013 to 2017, and she returns at a challenging time for HBC. 

Gucci Opens Impressive Main Floor ‘World Of’ Boutique Concession at Holt Renfrew Calgary [Photos]

The approximately 4,000 square foot space houses the Italian luxury brand’s full collection for women and men. 

Price Reduction for 202 Queen St. W. Retail Building in Downtown Toronto 

The four-level commercial building, home to Ontario’s first legal cannabis store, is now priced at $1.6m less than its appraised value.

The Anatomy of a Store: Retail Insider Tours the New KITH Flagship on Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue with Design-Builder SAJO

Retail Insider’s Craig Patterson walks through the new store with SAJO’s Jon Guerrera, whose company built the store which is a game changer for retail design in the city.

Three Richemont-Owned Luxury Watch Brands to Open Stores at the Park Hyatt on Bloor Street in Toronto

Local partner L’ORO has leased part of the hotel’s retail podium to launch retail spaces for Panerai, ICW, and a first-to-Canada location for Roger Dubuis. 

Alexander Wang Opens Flashy Canadian Flagship on Bloor Street in Toronto [Photos]

The upscale New York City-based contemporary brand has unveiled a storefront unlike any in Canada, and has plans to expand. 

Lululemon Opens Significantly Expanded Store at West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton [Photos]

The company’s top store has grown significantly and looks different after annexing adjacent retail spaces. 

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