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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.

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.

HUDSON’S BAY OPENS ONE OF THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHOE FLOORS

Hudson's Bay has opened a 50,000 square foot women's shoe department on the ground-floor of its flagship "Queen Street" store in Toronto. From our research, it appears to be...

COSTCO TO OPEN 25 MORE CANADIAN STORES

Costco plans on opening as many as 25 more Canadian stores. New stores will open in Ontario and several Western Canadian provinces. Metro areas targeted for new stores include Montreal,...

NORDSTROM CANADIAN STORE INFORMATION AND RENDERINGS UPDATE

Nordstrom has released more renderings of its Canadian stores, and we've got updated information from our Nordstrom insider. The new renderings are of the Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto Sherway...

CORRECTION: BROWNS SHOES REPLACING LEVI’S ON VANCOUVER’S ROBSON STREET

Browns' sister store 'B2' already has a store at 1112 Robson Street. 

MARSHALLS OPENING 7 STORES TODAY, INCLUDING TORONTO FLAGSHIP

Marshalls opens seven Canadian stores, including a 55,000 square foot Toronto flagship. Marshall's has opened 14 Canadian stores since March 2011 and it will have 27 Canadian locations by the end of 2013. The company expects to open up to 100 Canadian stores in the next 10 years. 

HR2 || BY HOLT RENFREW OPENS FIRST STORE TODAY IN MONTREAL

Holt Renfrew's off-price store hr2 opens today at Quartier Dix30 in suburban Montreal. The store will be 24,500 square feet. In October 2012 we announced Holt Renfrew's hr2 concept and...

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