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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.

SEARS’ CEO QUITS; COULD NORDSTROM SECURE MORE CANADIAN STORE LOCATIONS?

gned. He leaves behind a struggling retailer which may now be more open to selling back some of its valuable leases to its landlords, possibly leading to more Canadian Nordstorm stores.

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE TO OPEN IN QUEBEC: BONNIE BROOKS

Bonnie Brooks, formerly president of Hudson's Bay stores, confirms that Saks Fifth Avenue will open at least one store in the province of Quebec.

HBC-OWNED SAKS FIFTH AVENUE TO OPEN STORES IN ASIA AND EUROPE

The Hudson's Bay Company's vice-chair Bonnie Brooks has announced that Saks Fifth Avenue will expand into Asia and Europe. The idea is lofty, and potentially dangerous for the retailer. If they can pull it off, however, Saks could become one of the world's greatest global retailers.

LA MAISON SIMONS’ LOCATION WITHIN WEST VANCOUVER’S PARK ROYAL

As we announced last week,La Maison Simons will open its first Vancouver-area store at West Vancouver's Park Royal Shopping Centre. We were provided a floorplan by Park Royal Management,...

LA MAISON SIMONS TO OPEN AT PARK ROYAL IN WEST VANCOUVER

Image: Park Royal Shopping Centre La Maison Simons' first Vancouver-area store will open in the fall of 2015 at West Vancouver's Park Royal Shopping Centre. It will be about...

HUDSON’S BAY’S SAKS PURCHASE IS FINALIZED: 40 DAY “GO-SHOP” PERIOD EXPIRES

The 40-day "go-shop" period is over, and The Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) now owns Saks Fifth Avenue. After its purchase by HBC, Saks had 40 days to consider other takeover options. 

TARGET’S FALL 2013 STORE OPENINGS (INCLUDING 1ST QUEBEC & NOVA SCOTIA STORES)

Target Canada has just announced when and where its next 23 stores will open. 14 stores open September 17th, and 9 open October 18th. Included are the first Quebec and Nova Scotia Target locations.

NORDSTROM TO START ADVERTISING IN CANADA THIS FALL

Nordstrom will start advertising in Canada this fall, one year before its first Canadian store opens in Calgary. Nordstrom has hired advertising agency DDB.

TOM FORD BEAUTY TO OPEN FIRST CANADIAN CONCESSION AT HOLT RENFREW, OCTOBER 1ST

Tom Ford Beauty was launched in November 2011 and is carried at selected locations throughout the world. It is operated by Estée Lauder. 

‘URBAN-SIZED’ GROCERY STORE OPENS IN CENTRAL MONTREAL

Grocery retailer Marché Adonis has opened a urban-sized store in downtown Montreal. It's a model that may be copied for future locations as the grocer seeks space in urban centres. It could open a second Montreal store in the coming months, and it may expand further into Toronto and beyond.

SEARS WEBSITE SELLS $32,000 ROLEX WATCHES AND CHANEL BOOTS

Sears' American website is selling a $32,000 Rolex watch and a pair of Chanel boots marked down to 'only' $897. It's an interesting strategy for Sears, as the retailer...

HONEST ED’S COULD CLOSE

Honest Ed's is up for sale and could close its iconic Toronto store. The store's owner could sell the building and adjacent properties for redevelopment, which could include a substantial residential component.

CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN PERSONAL APPEARANCE IN TORONTO ON FRIDAY

French shoe designer Christian Louboutin will make a personal appearance at Holt Renfrew's Bloor Street store (50 Bloor St. West) on Friday June 21st. He will be greeting the public...

MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OP RE-BRANDS

Vancouver-based Mountain Equipment Co-op has re-branded as "MEC" and has a new logo. It has done so to distance itself from the word "mountain" in light of its high...

WHOLE FOODS COULD OPEN LOWER-PRICED CANADIAN STORES

Whole Foods' American parent is testing lower-priced stores in an effort to expand its customer base.

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