Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For September 18th, 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 several days.

Government calls for meeting with CEOs of Canada’s biggest grocery chains to talk food prices (CBC)

Are grocery stores greedy or a scapegoat? Group pushes back on feds’ ultimatum (CityNews)

Turmoil in Indigo’s C-suite leaves Canadian publishers reading between the lines (Globe & Mail) ****

Indigo’s future at stake amid executive exits, economic fears: analysts (Global)

Reitmans reports drop in Q2 sales, profit (Fashion United)

Simons CEO On Leading Canada’s Fashion Retailer Into A Data-Driven, Sustainable Future (Forbes) ********

Shane Grant joins Lululemon’s board (BIV)

Canadian shoppers turn to discount retailers to fight inflation (CityNews)

Grocers fail to pass along full Nutrition North food subsidy to shoppers, study shows (U of T)

Roots Launches Iconic Collaboration with Barbie® To Honour 50th Anniversary (Newsire) ****

Canadian Tire Corporation Completes Private Placement Offering of C$600 Million Unsecured Medium Term Notes (Newswire)

Sobeys parent reports profit boost as B.C. workers vote to strike over ‘insulting’ offer (Financial Post)

N.W.T. store shelves filling up again after wildfires disrupted supply chain (CBC)

Pop the cork: Calgary wine shop comes to Edmonton’s 124 St. (Alberta Prime Times)

$50 million food distribution centre opens its doors in Ingersoll (CTV London)

‘Winnipeggers are going to be thrilled’: Heritage director on work at former downtown Bay building (Global)



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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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