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Craig Patterson

Located in Toronto, Craig is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider, Publisher of Retail Insider the magazine and President/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.

L.L.Bean Announces Plans to Open 5 More Canadian Stores

By the end of the year the retailer will have 14 stores in Canada after opening the first location a few months before the start of the pandemic.

lululemon to Open 3-Level Flagship Store at Yonge and Bloor Intersection in Downtown Toronto [Exclusive]

The store will be built over three floors at one of the most significant retail corners in Canada.

Hudson’s Bay Expanding Beauty Business as it Doubles Space NK Shop-in-Store Locations

The department store retailer is adding more Space NK locations to its beauty halls as it seeks to grow market share in the face of competitors.

Colourful US-Based Candy Retail Concept IT’SUGAR Opening 1st Canadian Storefront at West Edmonton Mall

The kitchy US-based retailer recently opened the world's first "candy department store" at American Dream and it's now coming to Canada.

Amsterdam-Based Custom Suit Brand ‘Atelier Munro’ to Open 2nd Global Storefront in Toronto Before Expanding Nationally

Canada is only the second country after the Netherlands to see a standalone location for Atelier Munro which will occupy a historic Yorkville townhouse. More locations will open as part of a national expansion with Calgary being the next target.

French Luxury Fragrance and Candle Brand ‘Diptyque’ Expanding Into Canadian Market with 1st Store

The upscale French fragrance and candle brand is building its first store which will open this year.

Nordstrom Launching TOPSHOP and TOPMAN Brands in Canada Following Hudson’s Bay Exit

Following Topshop’s bankruptcy last year, a partnership with new owner ASOS and Nordstrom will see the brand relaunch in Canada after parting ways with HBC.

Bloor Street to Re-Emerge From Pandemic-Beaten Strip to Luxury and Big-Brand Thoroughfare: Brokers

Several brokers say that the temporary vacated status of the street will change as leases are signed by big-name brands. Several major redevelopments also will transform the former ‘Mink Mile’ into something almost unrecognizable.

Danish Fashion Brand GANNI Entering Canadian Market with 1st Standalone Store Location in Toronto

The contemporary womenswear brand launched before the pandemic at Hudson’s Bay and Holt Renfrew. 

West Edmonton Mall Looking to Add More Luxury Retailers After Seeing Success with 3 Big Players

Since 2019 the mega-mall has added Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Gucci. Strong sales means more brands are being targeted.

Preppy Fashion Brand GANT Enters Canadian Market with Ecomm Site and Plans for Stores in Major Cities

The popular brand is growing its direct-to-consumer presence in Canada as it has done globally.

Canadian Fashion Brand Bano eeMee Expands into Denim and Targets Canadian Retailers for Wholesale Distribution

The socially conscious company was founded 10 years ago making supple leather jackets and is expanding its range after founder Aleem Arif moved back to Toronto this month.

Adidas to Introduce ‘Halo’ Flagship Store Concept to Canadian Market with 1st Location

The immersive space will span more than 12,000 square feet and is part of a new initiative for the brand that was launched in Dubai last year. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For March 2nd, 2022

Ultra-fast grocery delivery competition heats up, Ontario lifts most restrictions, Oshawa Walmart shutting, Red Apple opens in Humboldt, and other news.

Balenciaga to Open Large 2-Level Flagship Store on Yorkville Avenue in Toronto

The world’s most popular luxury brand is making moves into Canada with a second standalone location joining Chanel, Versace and others in a rapidly expanding luxury district.

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