Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For May 30th, 2023


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News at a Glance

Retail Insider is streamlining its Canadian retail news from around the web to include a handful of top news stories that can be viewed quickly during the day. Here are the top stories from the past several days.

Inflation is changing the way Canadians are spending (Globe & Mail)

A large number of Canadians don’t trust food companies with AI: Sylvain Charlebois (Grocery Business)

How Sundays, A Canadian Furniture Brand, Is Growing When Many Other Home Retailers’ Sales Are Slowing. (Forbes)

Loblaw winding down third-party marketplace, focusing on pharmacy and grocery online (Canadian Grocer)

Ottawa’s token gesture for lowering credit-card fees favours Bay Street over Main Street (Globe & Mail Op-Ed/ subscribers)

Retail employees are struggling with mental health (Hardlines)

Ex-Burnaby Metrotown Oak + Fort clothing store employee charged in alleged $81K fake refund fraud (Castanet)

Is Toronto hurtling toward a ‘city-cession’? New data paints a gloomy picture as consumer spending slows (Toronto Star)

Sweet Potato grocery store opens in midtown Toronto after delays (Streets of Toronto)

Quality Foods opens in Colwood, B.C. (Grocery Business)

Ren’s Pets to open 2 new retail locations (Pet Food Processing)

Nova Scotia seeing steady increase in number of farmers’ markets (CBC)

Healthy food increasingly out of reach for Vancouver Island’s poorest, says report (Times Colonist)

Manitoba Opposition Member Raises Idea of Government Action on Grocery Prices (ChrisD) ********



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Oakridge Centre Retailers to Close Until 2024 Amid Vancouver Mall Redevelopment [Exclusive]

Landlord QuadReal will be able to accelerate work on the project that will become the biggest single development in Vancouver’s history

How a Small Retailer in the BC Interior Amassed Over a Million Social Media Followers in 4 Months

JJs Fashions in Trail began posting videos about its "hot boss" leading to explosive growth in social media interaction and brand awareness.

Cadillac Fairview Unveils 130,000 Square Foot CF Marché des Promenades Food Hall Near Montreal [Interviews/Photos]

The experience includes vendors, an Avril grocery market, an outdoor plaza, demo kitchen and an indoor entertainment area that will be used for different programs and activities year-round.

Costco Opens 3rd Canadian ‘Business Centre’ Storefront with Several More Planned

The retailer’s third location targeting businesses opened last week with plans to roll out more B2B stores in all major Canadian markets.

Forever 21 Returning to Canada with Physical Stores

The US-based fast fashion retailer partnered with YM Inc. to bring stores back to Canada after launching a website last year following a bankruptcy.

Canada’s Top 100 Retailers Ranked Pre-COVID-19

A study by the Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity at Ryerson University includes top retailers that were deemed essential as many other stores closed temporarily in March.

CHANEL Opens Impressive Street-Facing Calgary Boutique [Photos]

The relocated Chanel boutique gives the French luxury brand a unique presence in double the space of its previous location.

Massive Daily Lineups at Brandy Melville Stores in Canada a Result of Social Media

Since June daily lineups at all three Canadian Brandy Melville stores have had many asking what is happening.

Disney to Close All Stores in Canada Amid Retail Strategy Shift: Sources

The iconic entertainment brand is said to be exiting almost all of its retail stores globally as it grows other channels.

BRIEF: J. Crew Shuts All But 1 Store in Canada, Lululemon Expanding Flagship

Other News: Nordstrom shuts main floor designer boutiques in Toronto, Saks Food Hall shut until 2021, Balenciaga opens in Montreal, Zadel Jewellery Studio opens Granville Island workshop.

25 Years Since the Closure of Consumers Distributing Stores [Retrospective]

The retailer's business model has been described as "Internet shopping before the Internet".
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