Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For July 31st, 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 3 days

Majority of Canadians believe food prices will continue to rise. Stats show they’re right. (CityNews) ********

Loblaw moves to counter ‘grocer profiteering’ narrative, but experts say it may not be enough (BNN)

The nonsensical ban on compostable plastic bags (Globe & Mail)

Colby Cosh: Small retailers will pay the price for Liberal crime policies (National Post) ********

Nearly 100 Percent of Canadian Food Samples Tested for Microbial Contaminants Deemed Satisfactory (Foodsafety Magazine)

Metro stores in Greater Toronto Area close as workers go on strike (CP24) ********

Striking Toronto-area Metro workers speak out: ‘This is definitely about money’ (Global) ********

Self-serve grocery market chain Aisle 24 is expanding in Western Canada (Grocery Business) ********

T&T Supermarché partners with Asian night market in Montreal (Grocery Business)

Recent violent crime in Winnipeg reignites demand from business owners for urgent action (Global)

Ontario is lowering its markups on pot, as cannabis companies struggle to stay afloat (CBC) ****

Montreal’s Old Port Has A Brand New Sneaker Store Where You Can Get Kicks & Your Coffee Fix (MTL Blog)

Shein opens pop-up shop in Montreal area amid multiple controversies (CTV)

‘Shoppertainment’ trend hits Regina mall with opening of new play structure, arcade (CTV Regina)

Mala Mtl brings thrifting to Montreal plus-sized community (CTV)

After their cafe was destroyed in the war, Ukrainian couple opens pierogies shop in Strathroy, Ont. (CBC) ****

Quebec family shows resilience after fire destroys beloved Lower North Shore business (CBC)



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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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