Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For August 3rd, 2023


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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 48 hours

Stores risk losing younger shoppers with anti-theft measures targeting self-checkouts: retail expert (CTV)

Did company profits fuel inflation? Bank of Canada researchers say no (Global)

‘They want the $2 back’: Metro must reinstate pandemic hero pay to end strike, says union (Financial Post)

Metro halting striking workers’ access to benefits during the labour dispute (CityNews)

Metro donates perishables to food banks as GTA workers strike citing affordability issues (Postmedia)

Canada sets sights on next plastic waste target: food packaging (Global)

Retail Real Estate: Grocers are Good, Fashion is Bad (Morningstar)

Hudson’s Bay closing Lougheed mall location in December (Burnaby Now)

Amazon to open robotics-backed fulfilment centre in Ontario, hire over 1,000 employees (Financial Post)

Grocery store worker finds customer’s $100 but loses job (Canadian HR Reporter)

Quebecers turn to Costco, Maxi in quest for savings: report (Montreal Gazette)

Walmart tests ‘full service’ self-checkout plan at Ottawa location (CTV)

Liquor Mart inventories drying up on shelves as labour dispute drags on (CBC)

Trudeau under fire for huge line at Brampton grocery store job fair (Toronto Sun)

These dangerous health products were supposed to be pulled from shelves. A popular Ontario retailer sold them to us anyway (Toronto Star)



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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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