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.

Israel-Based ‘Fox Home’ to Expand into Canada with Multiple Stores in 2023

Tel Aviv-based Fox Group is investing heavily into the Canadian market with other store concepts expanding that include Nike, Mango, and Laline.

French Fashion Brand ba&sh to Expand into Vancouver with a 1st-in-North-America Concept Store

The brand will soon have four stores in Canada as it grows its operations after entering the country during the pandemic.

Hudson’s Bay to Shut Historic Standalone Store in Banff Alberta

The smallest department store in the chain caters to tourists and locals in the town and has been an important retailer in Banff for over 80 years.

Hudson’s Bay to Shut Londonderry Mall Store in Edmonton

The retailer will close one of its oldest locations in Alberta this summer as the retailer strategizes the future of its physical stores.

Zellers to Launch Food Trucks in Effort to Drive Traffic to Bay Stores

The retailer has also all but confirmed the relaunch to the Zeddy teddy bear mascot as it prepares to open 25 locations inside of Hudson’s Bay stores this spring.

5 Years Since Sears Canada Shut All Stores [Retrospective]

Sears entered the Canadian market with stores and a popular catalogue business in 1952, and the end of the retailer had a profound effect on many, including mall landlords.

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For January 17th, 2023

Shoplifting at grocery stores in Canada as consumers struggle with inflation, Rabba opens new store in downtown Toronto, Thrifty Foods phasing out Air Miles after 14 years, Roots store shutting at Jackson Square in downtown Hamilton, and other news.

Zellers to Open Initial 25 Stores in Canada with Potential Return of Mascot ‘Zeddy’

The new concept stores will feature a range of product categories and marketing indicates the return of a popular teddy bear mascot.

H&M Closing 2nd Store in Downtown Toronto in Two Months

Soon the Swedish fast-fashion retailer will have only one downtown store after shutting two under-performing street-front units.

The Bay President and CEO Iain Nairn to Retire, Replacement Announced

Sophia Hwang-Judiesch, who was already President of Hudson’s Bay, will lead both divisions as the retailer looks to improve its operations.

Large Food Hall to Open at South End of CF Toronto Eaton Centre [Photos]

Oliver & Bonacini will host 10 food vendors in a space formerly home to Richtree Market, steps from an existing Saks Food Hall.

World’s Only SHOO by Steve Madden Store Shuts at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

The multi-brand concept store was intended to be part of an expansion for shoe brand Steve Madden that never materialized.

Saks Fifth Avenue Food Hall to Shut at CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto

The Pusateri’s-operated grocery store was the first in the world for Saks Fifth Avenue when it opened in 2016, and was meant to drive foot traffic to the luxury retailer upstairs.

Saint Laurent to Open 10,400 Square Foot Flagship Store on Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run [Exclusive]

The luxury brand’s move on Bloor marks a pivotal moment for the rapidly transforming area that includes some of the biggest names in high-end retail.

Le Labo Opens ‘Rustic’ Storefront in Toronto’s Yorkville Area [Photos]

The luxury fragrance brand, known to have limited distribution, has opened its third Canadian storefront in a historic building.

Retailers in Canada Grapple with the End of Cookies in Online Marketing and Ecomm

Experts say that there are other options that are better in terms of personalization, including Jay Wilder of Salesforce who says the future is bright.

Inside Canada’s 1st Apple Store Flagship, Located in Downtown Vancouver [Photos]

Apple has unveiled an impressive two-level space at the corner of Georgia and Howe Streets at CF Pacific Centre.

Electric Car Company VinFast Opens 1st Canadian Retail Space, will Open 8 Before End of December

VinFast plans to rapidly grow market share with a network of retail showrooms in major Canadian markets.

Reformation to Open 1st Tech-Heavy Canadian Flagship Store in Toronto

The popular LA-based sustainable women’s fashion brand will open a Yorkville location featuring Retail X capabilities in its dressing rooms. The store will be the second-largest for Reformation anywhere.

Bulgari Reopens Renovated and Expanded Yorkdale Flagship in Toronto [Photos]

The Italian luxury jewellery brand is expanding its presence in Canada including its first standalone storefront.

Esprit Looks to Return to Canada with Stores

The brand had also re-entered Canada in 2016 with a store after shutting all locations in North America in 2012.

Royalmount in Montreal Announces Major Retail Tenants for the 100% Carbon-Neutral Development [Feature]

Developer Carbonleo is leading the highly anticipated development which will include a substantial roster of top brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and RH, with many more soon to be announced, and many opening in Quebec for the first time.

Facial Recognition in Stores in Canada May Pose Problems Amid AI-Based Misidentification Potential

The need to mitigate issues around the usage of artificial intelligence is of utmost importance as it becomes commonplace, according to Kathy Baxter of Salesforce.

Saks Fifth Avenue Partially Renovates Downtown Toronto Flagship Store [Photos]

The store opened in 2016 and has rearranged departments after several luxury brands exited earlier this year.

ASICS Shuts Only Full-Priced Canadian Store in Toronto

An unexpected new tenant will replace the flagship that was on Queen Street for about 4.5 years.

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