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Mario Toneguzzi

Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior News Editor with Retail Insider in addition to working as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.

Mark’s Expanding Retail Brand Partnerships with Launch of Columbia Sportswear Shop-in-Shops [Interview/Photos]

Canadian retailer Mark's is expanding its range of brands to appeal to consumers that might not otherwise visit stores, said its President in an interview.

Video Interview: Canadian Retail Foot Traffic On The Rise

An Avison Young rep talks about how retail foot traffic was up in Canada during the Black Friday period, how Edmonton and Vancouver led major centres in the country, why foot traffic is increasing and what it means for the holiday shopping season.

Japanese Coffee Brand ‘% Arabica’ Kicks Off Canadian Expansion with 1st Location Opening in Toronto [Photos/Interview]

The company says it will expand nationally with new locations to open in Ontario and on the West Coast next year.

MEC Sets out 2023 Plans with Investments in New Distribution Centre and Stores [CEO Interview]

The retailer formerly known as Mountain Equipment Co-op plans to grow its business with improved logistics and an expanded footprint.

Unique First-in-Canada ‘Giving Vending Machines’ Launched at Major Calgary Mall [Interview/Photos]

The in-mall charity-driven initiative is looking to expand into other cities, with a concept that was developed based on findings by sociologists about giving.

Pinterest Releases Report on Top Trends for Platform with Retail Spin [Interview]

Fashion will be a key category among others for the highly visual platform that recently got into the retail game in terms of capabilities.

Cadillac Fairview Breaks Ground on 1st Residential Tower at CF Rideau Centre in Ottawa [Interview/Renderings]

It's the company's first major investment in a residential rental building, marking a new asset class for the landlord which is intensifying its mall sites.

Modern Golf to Open at First Canadian Place in Downtown Toronto [Exclusive]

Canada’s largest custom club fitter, academy and golf entertainment facility will open a new "centre ice" location in the city's Financial District.

Foodtastic to Acquire Quesada Burritos & Tacos Amid Major Growth Push [Interview]

One of Canada's largest restaurant companies is growing rapidly with its latest acquisition expected to put it at over a billion in sales by next year.

Iconic Canadian Brand Tilley Opens 1st Store Under Leadership of Joe Mimran [Interview/Photos]

It's the 'next generation' for the brand, once known as Tilley Endurables and known particularly for its sailing-friendly 'Tilley hats'.

Video Interview: Chatting About the Latest Issue of Retail Insider the magazine with Sean Tarry

Sean Tarry, Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider the magazine, talks about the stories and issues being covered, where to find the publication, the concept and how it's different from the daily Retail Insider news website, and what's next for the magazine.

Home retailer ‘MUST’ Opens its Largest Storefront West of Downtown Montreal [Photos/Interview]

The retail brand was created in 2005 as a collection in Maison Corbeil stores, and has since become a retail powerhouse in its own right with an innovative concept that is opening new locations.

Halifax Shopping Centre Adding Another Major Retailer to Former Sears Box [Interview/Renderings]

The retailers will join La Maison Simons in a 150,000 square foot space that has been vacant since Sears' demise in 2018.

European Outdoor Coat Brand Wellensteyn to Enter Canadian Market and Open Stores [Interview]

The brand is looking to open its first store in Canada in 2023, and will disrupt the already crowded outerwear category.

Halo Car Wash Launches Location Expansion in ‘Under-Served’ Canadian Markets [Interview]

The express car wash company, which can wash up to 200 cars per hour, is focusing on Ontario while planning a rollout across Eastern Canada in the coming years.

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