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La Maison Simons Announces Halifax Store with Landlord to Repurpose Former Sears Box

The redevelopment of a former Sears store will make it possible for the Quebec City-based Simons to enter the Halifax market for the first time.

Canada’s Baby Formula Problem is for Different Reasons: Sylvain Charlebois

Differing dynamics between Canada and the US means things are different -- but many Canadians don't know about a Chinese connection which poses a threat.

Video Interview: April Sabral Discusses Retail Leadership During a Crisis

Sabral talks about how retailers responded during the pandemic with leadership and training programs, key lessons learned through this crisis, biggest challenges in the industry, and current trends in retail.

IKEA Announces Toronto Downtown Store Opening Date

The Swedish home furnishings retailer will open its 66,000 sq. ft. downtown location, a first to Canada concept with a new food concept added as well.

Menswear Brand ‘Psycho Bunny’ to Enter Canadian Market with 4 Stores: Exclusive Interview

The brand is launching its expansion into Canada this summer with plans to open even more locations in new markets as Psycho Bunny gains consumer awareness.

Consumers in Canada Changing Spending Patterns Due to Inflation: Study/Interview

Concerning news for retailers as consumers pull back and look to save money for the future rather than spend now.

Square Helping Retailers take the Complexity out of Cash Flow and Realize Opportunities

The company says that managing healthy cash flow is critical to relieve merchant burden.

In Photos: The Last Days of Hudson’s Bay at Yonge & Bloor in Downtown Toronto

The store was once the retailer’s flagship store and it shut earlier than expected last week after product cleared out.

Retail Executive Roundtable Sparks Lively Discussion Concerning the Transforming Retail Experience

Retail Insider recently hosted top industry leaders for a roundtable discussion within the inaugural edition of Retail Insider the magazine.

Video Interview: Bruce Winder Provides Insights on Current State of Retail Industry in Canada

The industry expert talks about business closures during the pandemic, key lessons learned by retailers over the past two years, biggest mistakes made, trends and the use of under-utilized space at shopping centres.

Canadian Retailer ‘Showcase’ Launches Major Expansion into the US Market: Interview

The 'home of the hottest trends' is taking its successful Canadian business model to the US as part of a growth strategy.

Fuzz Wax Bar Expands into British Columbia with 1st Location Following Pandemic Challenges: Interview

The beauty service provider saw slowdowns because of the pandemic and now business is booming as consumers return.

The Meal Kit Market in Canada May have Peaked: Charlebois

Industry expert Sylvain Charlebois says that as consumers begin going out again, dining at home is seeing a downward trend following pandemic isolation.

Sleep Country Canada Has Best 1st Quarter Ever: Interview

CEO Stewart Schaefer says that it was a surprise following chaos surrounding the pandemic along with inflation and oil prices.

“Ridiculous” Empty Store Tax Proposal Could be Bad News for Vancouver: Interview with Martin Moriarty

Moriarty says he's bewildered by the proposal that could harm landlords, noting that neighbourhoods and streets have different dynamics which could result in longer vacancies.

Video Interview: Robin Kovitz, President and CEO of Gift Retailer Baskits Discusses Growth

Kovitz discusses how she built the retailer into one of Canada's fastest growing companies. She also discusses challenges in retail, lessons learned, and plans for the company's future.

Harry Rosen Launches 1st Private-Label Made-to-Measure Brand Called HAROLD: Interview with Ian Rosen

A range of custom men's styles are on offer with the new line that saw great efforts in its development.

Podcast [Interview] Ray Riley of Progress Retail Discusses the Future of the Industry Post-Pandemic

Craig and Ray Riley, CEO of Progress Retail, discuss retail in Canada during the pandemic as well as what's to come as we see a return to some normalcy.

Ren’s Pets to Open 2nd Urban Concept Store in Toronto’s Junction Neighbourhood [Exclusive/Interviews]

The pet retailer got its start in the suburbs and is now building out an urban strategy for growth, identifying a savvy consumer base.

Canadian Businesses and Consumers Need Protection Against the Threat of Fraud in the Digital Age [Feature]

The rapidly evolving retail ecosystem demands cutting edge security according to experts, given a spike in fraud and other issues.

Outdoor Retailer La Cordée Opens Storefront in Downtown Quebec City: Interview/Photos

The 60 year-old retailer which is said to be Quebec's version of MEC is growing its operations with a new highly experiential concept store. More are planned.

Unique Home and Tableware Retailer Hopson Grace to Relocate Toronto Storefront into Larger Space: Interview

After seeing success with a two-level storefront in Rosedale, Hopson Grace is relocating to a one-level space that it says will better serve clients in an affluent area.

Video Interview: Gary Newbury Discusses Supply Chain Issues for Retailers in Canada

The industry expert discusses the biggest challenges facing the retail industry including how long supply chain issues will persist, the impact this is having on consumers and some solutions.

Poor Customer Experience at Retailers Drive Shoppers to Competitors: Kustomer Study

A survey showed that the vast majority of customer service professionals think that the next three years are critical to businesses as consumers demand more.

The Well in Downtown Toronto Announces Major Retail Tenants

Several global and first-to-market brands will open in the highly anticipated mixed-use development that will occupy a key site at Front and Spadina.
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