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Waterworks Food Hall to Open in Downtown Toronto Next Month, Showcasing 20 Gourmet Vendors in Historic Location [Interview/Photos]

The highly anticipated food hall on Richmond Street will span 55,000 square feet and will add more food and beverage competition in the downtown core with a range of hand-picked specialty vendors.

Bluenotes Launches ‘Unplug’ Activewear Shop-in-Shops in Stores Across Canada [Interview/Photos]

It's the first activewear line for the Canadian retailer, with dedicated shop-in-stores being part of a segment that is growing rapidly.

A Grocer Code of Conduct Could have Prevented Canada’s Bread Cartel [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that the grocer code aims to curb illegal activities that would make it tougher to orchestrate such schemes.

From Barbie to Thomas the Tank Engine: How Toy and Entertainment Brands are Adapting to Generation Alpha [Op-Ed]

A new more 'woke' generation means that toys and entertainment deemed acceptable in the past are no longer desirable to a new set of consumers.

Anatomy of a Leader: Dave Minnett, CEO of Edo Japan

Minnett discusses how his education and early years at Molson led him into different business avenues before landing at Edo in 2016, where he's implementing change.

Downtown Banff Welcomes New Mountain Warehouse Store Amidst National Expansion [Photos]

The UK-based outdoor retailer operates 43 stores in Canada, making it the second-largest market outside of the UK. The Banff Mountain Warehouse is next to a former Hudson's Bay that will see Arc'teryx open there next year.

Mandated $20/hour Living Wage Could Drive 600,000 Canadian Small Businesses to Closure, Warns CFIB Report [Interview]

CFIB policy analyst says that governments are setting these wages with no anchor in economic reality, while impacting thousands of small businesses already struggling.

Stokes Inc. Invests in Store Renovations and New Gift Line to Reinforce Market Presence [Interview]

The Canadian retailer of kitchenware, tableware, and homeware is upgrading its operations after a pandemic restructuring, including enhancing the online and in-store experience while launching new products.

How Big Food Companies Can Do More to Create Healthier Food Environments [Op-Ed]

A team of researchers wanted to understand the commitments companies have made to create healthier food environments in Canada, and to see if things had improved since an earlier 2018 study.

Canadian Custom Clothing Brand ‘Surmesur’ Expanding with New Locations, and Partnership with NHL Coaches’ Association [Interview]

The Quebec-based custom suit and clothing brand has grown significantly since the pandemic, with new and relocated showrooms and successful partnerships including making suits for NHL coaches.

Toronto’s Waterfront BIA Releases Comprehensive Report to Boost District’s Vibrancy and Retail Experience [Feature]

The report contains an overview of the planning context and best practices relevant to the area, a built-form review of existing commercial spaces, research summarizing the current retail conditions, and the results of surveys conducted with waterfront business owners, residents, and visitors.

Vestis Fashion Group Relocates ‘Weekend by Max Mara’ Storefront at Metropolis at Metrotown [Photos] 

The beautiful new store features a 40-foot facade, and is part of a Vancouver-based luxury brand conglomerate that created the highest saturation of Max Mara stores in North America

Canadian Tire Launches AI Shopping Assistant and Humanoid Robots to Enhance Customer Service and Operations [Interview]

The human-like robot was designed to alleviate tedious and monotonous tasks, as Canadian Tire tests technologies that will take the retailer into the future.

Ted Baker, Brooks Brothers and Lucky Brand Stores in Canada to Close Following Financial Struggles

Following a filing for creditor protection last month, the Canadian division is shutting down the operations of three iconic brands in Canada with 25 stores.

Cleo Unveils New Concept Store at CF Polo Park, Leads Multi-Location Expansion Across Canada [Interview/Photos]

The women's fashion retailer is expanding the new concept with new locations, while also opening hybrid stores with its Ricki's and Bootlegger banners says the company's President.

Controversial ‘Steal from Loblaws Day’ on May 12 Won’t Foster Meaningful Change [Op-Ed]

Omar Fares discusses discontent from consumers over grocery prices, and how theft undermines social cohesion and disproportionately impacts the communities these actions aim to support.
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