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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, 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.

Escada Shuts Remaining Canadian Store and Exits Market After Decades 

The iconic brand once had beautiful stores across the country and was worn by many affluent women. 

Cartier Renovating and Relocating Stores in Canada with Major Richemont Investment

The luxury brand recently relocated a Vancouver store following the renovation of a downtown Toronto location, with a Yorkdale store now under renovation and expansion as well. 

Offline by Aerie Launches in Canada with 2 Stores

The women’s activewear brand will compete with other recent entrants at a lower price point than Lululemon or Alo.

Burberry Shuts Wholesale Boutique Spaces in Canada Amid DTC Exclusivity Push 

The UK-based luxury brand has pulled out of several retailers as it adopts a new business model that includes concessions and standalone stores.

Fendi Opens 1st Standalone Canadian Storefront [Photos]

The luxury brand has had a concession presence at Holts for several years and following Holts’ move to outlaw fur in its stores, Fendi has gone standalone in the country for the first time. 

Hudson’s Bay Appoints New President for Canadian Department Stores Amid Changes for Retailer

The new President will be part of a transformation of the physical department store division following a separation of the online business, new concession partnerships and challenges in the industry.

Alo Yoga Looks to Grab Market Share from Lululemon as it Opens 1st Canadian Store with Plans for National Expansion

The US-based retailer has a cult following similar to Lululemon at a slightly higher price point. Alo could grab market share from Lululemon while lower-priced brands also enter the market in the athleisure space.

Balenciaga to Open Large Store at West Edmonton Mall

The luxury brand is expanding its presence in Canada with a standalone storefront in the country’s largest mall.

Unique Vintage Retail Pop-Up Opening at Hudson’s Bay Queen Street in Toronto, August 19-21

J2 Retail Management partnered with Hudson’s Bay to launch the four-vendor pop-up branded ‘Community Playground’.

Zellers Stores to be Revived by Hudson’s Bay Company [Exclusive]

The 2.0 retail concept will include Zellers locations within Hudson’s Bay department stores as well as an online portal.

MEC to Open within Hudson’s Bay Stores: Interviews with MEC CEO & Hudson’s Bay President Wayne Drummond

It’s a “Canadian retail marriage made in heaven” as Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Company prepares to open its own stores within Hudson’s Bay locations as part of an omni-channel partnership.

Escada Shuts on Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run, Leaving One Store in Canada Remaining in Montreal

The luxury brand operated in the city for decades and now its future in Canada is uncertain.

SoulCycle to Exit Canada and Shut Remaining Location in Toronto

The upscale NYC-based cycling studio and retailer entered Canada five years ago with plans to expand into multiple markets, which didn’t happen.

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For August 12th, 2022

Power outage shuts downtown Toronto malls and retailers on Thursday, Canadian Tire profits fall 30% amid gains and partly due to Russia exit, Canada Goose demand remains strong, and other news.

Allbirds Opens 2nd Canadian Storefront at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre [Photos/Interview]

The sustainability-focused footwear and fashion brand launched unique stores in Canada as part of an international expansion.

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