Nordstrom to Exit Canada Discussion: Craig Patterson & Lee Rivett [Podcast]

Craig and Lee talk about the closure announcement of Nordstrom shutting its Canadian stores. Included in the discussion is how we found out, what might be done with Nordstrom's stores in Canada, and why the retailer made the shocking move.

Grace Yan Discusses the Future of Calgary’s Nordstrom Space with Craig Patterson [Video Interview]

Craig sits down with Grace Yan, Commercial Consultant at Blackstone Commercial, to discuss the departure of Nordstrom store in CF Chinook Centre in Calgary.

Holt Renfrew Extends Lease in Downtown Calgary while CF Chinook Centre Flourishes [Podcast]

Craig and Lee talk about some recent retail news in Calgary. That includes Holt Renfrew extending its lease in downtown Calgary at The CORE while adding new brands including a 'World of' Gucci concession. They also discuss CF Chinook Centre which is seeing new retailers being added such as Nike and Uniqlo.

Martin Moriarty Discusses Future of Downtown Vancouver Nordstrom Site with Craig Patterson [Video Interview]

Craig sits down with Martin Moriarty, Senior Vice President at Marcus & Millichap, to discuss the departure of Nordstrom store in CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver. The conversation includes a discussion of what could be done with the space, the revitalization of Granville Street, and how things are in terms of retail leasing in downtown Vancouver.

Podcast [Interview] Clip Money Growing Operations in Canada as Retailers Adopt the Platform

Craig and Brian discuss how Clip Money works and who's using it, as retailers get onboard with this innovative new deposit solution. Craig and Chris discuss how Pepper Palace has seen benefits from using Clip.

Zellers 2023 Reboot: Will it be a Success? [Podcast]

Craig and Lee talk about Zellers and its return within Hudson's Bay stores this spring. Will it be a success, or will Canadians be disappointed with what's to come?

Podcast [Interview] Sonya Gill Discusses Ethnically Diverse Indie Brand Global Fashion/Beauty eCom Marketplace THE LNK

Craig speaks with Sonya Gill, founder of the world's first global fashion/beauty eCom marketplace to only represent ethnically diverse indie brands called THE LNK.

(Video Interview) Lisa Hutcheson from J.C. Williams Group Discusses Top Global Retail Trends

Craig and Lisa discuss the new Ebeltoft Retail Innovations Book which is in its 18th year of production. Four Canadian retailers were among the top innovators.

Podcast [Interview] Suzanne Sears Discusses Retail Staffing Challenges Last Year and 2023 Predictions

They discuss the December job numbers in Canada and how they pertain to retail. They then discuss what Suzanne anticipates will happen with retail staffing in Canada for 2023 as we continue to see the industry’s challenges unfold amid a labour shortage.

Podcast: Retail Insider’s Top 2022 Most-Read Stories

Craig and Lee reflect on the articles that were popular for Retail Insider in 2022. Last year was a pivotal year for the Canadian retail industry that included some prominent store openings and closures, as well as some future announcements.

Podcast [Interview] Suzanne Sears Discusses Retail Staffing into 2023

Craig sits down with Suzanne Sears, founder and President of Best Retail Careers International and Luxury Careers Canada, to discuss staffing at a challenging time for retailers in this country.

Podcast [Interview] Shopping Centre Redevelopments in Canada

In a special edition podcast, Craig interviews Rafael Lazer, CEO of Almadev. The discussion includes Almadev's transformation of the Galleria Mall in Toronto into a complete community with housing, as well as a general discussion of why mall owners are intensifying sites amid a housing crisis in Canada.

Podcast [Interview] RBC Launches Buy Now Pay Later Platform ‘PayPlan by RBC’

Craig interviews two special guests: Neill Ashe, Senior Director, Payments & Commerce at RBC, who talks about PayPlan by RBC and how it functions. Craig then speaks with Troy Skinner, Parts Asset Manager at Martin Motor Sports, about how the retailer is seeing success with PayPlan.

Podcast: Discussing the Apple Flagship Store that Just Opened in Downtown Vancouver

Craig and Lee discuss the new flagship Apple Store that opened last week at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver, marking the first of its kind for Canada. Lee also discusses the media event prior and his opinion on what went on.

Podcast: Saks Fifth Avenue Renovates Downtown Toronto Store After Brands Exit

Craig and Lee discuss the new renovations to the Saks Fifth Avenue store in downtown Toronto, which looks different after several concessions closed earlier this year. Women's shoes relocated to the main floor and something could be in the works as store hours have been reduced for the three Canadian Saks locations.

Podcast [Interview] James Yurichuk Discusses Expansion of Ethical Outerwear Brand Wuxly

Craig and James Yurichuk, Founder and CEO of Wuxly, talk about the brand and where it's going in terms of new retail stores, wholesale, and collaborations including a recent one with iconic Canadian musician Bryan Adams.

Podcast: Royalmount in Montreal Announces 1st Luxury Tenants

Craig and Lee discuss recent tenant announcements to Montreal's Royalmount development opening in 2024, and what impact it could have on downtown Montreal.

Podcast: A Closer Look At Vancouver’s Luxury Retail Nodes & the What’s to Come

This week Craig and Lee discuss the Vancouver luxury retail market including upcoming changes. While downtown Vancouver has dominated in terms of luxury retail offerings, two landlords are building malls that will also target luxury brands and may split the market into three separate luxury retail nodes that could have an impact on the region for years to come.

Podcast [Interview] Éric Blais Discusses Quebec’s Language Laws and How Bill 96 will Impact Retailers

Craig interviews Éric Blais, President of Headspace Marketing, about how Bill 96 will impact retailers with rules around signage on stores and other businesses. They also discuss language laws generally and how consumers are greeted in stores — and what the penalties might be for businesses in Quebec not complying.

Podcast: Downtown Edmonton Struggles, and the Future of Retail in Canadian Downtowns

This week Craig and Lee discuss challenges for retail in downtown Edmonton and its retreat over the past couple of decades, as well as the situation and projections for downtowns in cities across Canada. Craig is also an advisor at the University of Alberta Centre for Cities and Communities.

Podcast: Luxury Nodes Shifting in Canada as Malls Take Over and New Ones are Built

This week Craig and Lee talk about how luxury retail nodes in Canada are shifting with the construction of Oakridge Centre in Vancouver and Royalmount in Montreal. The discussion topics includes past luxury retail nodes in Canada and why things are shifting to suburban malls from traditional downtowns.

Podcast: Visiting Canada’s 1st Pret a Manger – Could it be a Better Experience?

This week Craig and Lee discuss Pret a Manger's entry into Canada via A&W. Lee, who lives in Vancouver, discusses what he experienced at the Vancouver combined A&W/Pret location and the discussion turns to whether or not a full standalone Pret a Manger would have made more sense for the first Canadian pilot.

Podcast [Interview] The Behar Group Marks 30 Years

Craig sits down with The Behar Group's CEO Avi Behar and President/Broker of Record Greg Evans to discuss The Behar Group's history, some notable deals, and where the Toronto-based brokerage sees food halls and retail going over the next several years.

Podcast [Interview] Suzanne Sears Discusses Record-Low Unemployment and What it Means for Retailers in Canada

Craig sits down with the staffing expert to discuss the most recent jobs report showing record-low unemployment. Retailers continue to struggle to find employees and an emergency situation could take place and stores may not be able to remain open if things don't improve.

Podcast [Interview] Justin Cohen of Psycho Bunny Discusses Store Expansion

Craig sits down with Justin Cohen, Chief Commercial Officer of edgy menswear brand Psycho Bunny. They discuss the plans to open more Psycho Bunny stores in Canada as well as the fact that the brand could even be considered Canadian with its operations in Montreal.
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