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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.

Mark’s Expanding Retail Brand Partnerships with Launch of Columbia Sportswear Shop-in-Shops [Interview/Photos]

Canadian retailer Mark's is expanding its range of brands to appeal to consumers that might not otherwise visit stores, said its President in an interview.

Video Interview: Canadian Retail Foot Traffic On The Rise

An Avison Young rep talks about how retail foot traffic was up in Canada during the Black Friday period, how Edmonton and Vancouver led major centres in the country, why foot traffic is increasing and what it means for the holiday shopping season.

Japanese Coffee Brand ‘% Arabica’ Kicks Off Canadian Expansion with 1st Location Opening in Toronto [Photos/Interview]

The company says it will expand nationally with new locations to open in Ontario and on the West Coast next year.

MEC Sets out 2023 Plans with Investments in New Distribution Centre and Stores [CEO Interview]

The retailer formerly known as Mountain Equipment Co-op plans to grow its business with improved logistics and an expanded footprint.

Unique First-in-Canada ‘Giving Vending Machines’ Launched at Major Calgary Mall [Interview/Photos]

The in-mall charity-driven initiative is looking to expand into other cities, with a concept that was developed based on findings by sociologists about giving.

Pinterest Releases Report on Top Trends for Platform with Retail Spin [Interview]

Fashion will be a key category among others for the highly visual platform that recently got into the retail game in terms of capabilities.

Saint Laurent to Open 10,400 Square Foot Flagship Store on Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run [Exclusive]

The luxury brand’s move on Bloor marks a pivotal moment for the rapidly transforming area that includes some of the biggest names in high-end retail.

Cadillac Fairview Breaks Ground on 1st Residential Tower at CF Rideau Centre in Ottawa [Interview/Renderings]

It's the company's first major investment in a residential rental building, marking a new asset class for the landlord which is intensifying its mall sites.

Modern Golf to Open at First Canadian Place in Downtown Toronto [Exclusive]

Canada’s largest custom club fitter, academy and golf entertainment facility will open a new "centre ice" location in the city's Financial District.

The Metaverse Offers Challenges and Possibilities for the Future of the Retail Industry [Op-Ed]

An expert discusses challenges and opportunities for retailers in a virtual world that is still in its infancy.

Foodtastic to Acquire Quesada Burritos & Tacos Amid Major Growth Push [Interview]

One of Canada's largest restaurant companies is growing rapidly with its latest acquisition expected to put it at over a billion in sales by next year.

Iconic Canadian Brand Tilley Opens 1st Store Under Leadership of Joe Mimran [Interview/Photos]

It's the 'next generation' for the brand, once known as Tilley Endurables and known particularly for its sailing-friendly 'Tilley hats'.

Pet Retailer Mondou Opens 80th Store with Plans for Further Expansion [Interview]

Customers have been asking for stores closer to home, while Mondou expands its product offerings including over 1000 new SKUs of food and accessories.

Video Interview: Chatting About the Latest Issue of Retail Insider the magazine with Sean Tarry

Sean Tarry, Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider the magazine, talks about the stories and issues being covered, where to find the publication, the concept and how it's different from the daily Retail Insider news website, and what's next for the magazine.

Home retailer ‘MUST’ Opens its Largest Storefront West of Downtown Montreal [Photos/Interview]

The retail brand was created in 2005 as a collection in Maison Corbeil stores, and has since become a retail powerhouse in its own right with an innovative concept that is opening new locations.

Halifax Shopping Centre Adding Another Major Retailer to Former Sears Box [Interview/Renderings]

The retailers will join La Maison Simons in a 150,000 square foot space that has been vacant since Sears' demise in 2018.

Creator Economy Showcased at One of a Kind Show Toronto [Interview/Photos]

The multi-day show has been a Toronto tradition since 1975, and has seen substantial growth according to Director Janice Leung.

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.

European Outdoor Coat Brand Wellensteyn to Enter Canadian Market and Open Stores [Interview]

The brand is looking to open its first store in Canada in 2023, and will disrupt the already crowded outerwear category.

Halo Car Wash Launches Location Expansion in ‘Under-Served’ Canadian Markets [Interview]

The express car wash company, which can wash up to 200 cars per hour, is focusing on Ontario while planning a rollout across Eastern Canada in the coming years.

First-of-its-Kind Luxury Dental Office ‘Paste Dental’ Opens in Downtown Toronto with Plans for Expansion [Interview]

The customer-centric dental concept aims to create a luxury experience for its patients with elevated interior design, towel service, customized lighting and music, and new technologies.

Henry Singer to Relocate Downtown Edmonton Flagship Store to the ICE District [Interview]

The luxury men's multi-brand retailer will relocate its storefront as part of a shift being seen in downtown Edmonton.

Membership-Based Juno Veterinary Plans National Expansion, Opens 1st Location [Interview/Photos]

The company says it is reimagining, redesigning and inspiring the vet experience with best-in-class technology, 24/7 virtual care access, concierge medicine, and warm hospitality.

Graham Rosen Leading the Expanding Harry Rosen Outlet Division [Interview]

One of the the grandsons of the founder, and brother of Ian Rosen, is now leading the luxury menswear retailer's outlet division which just opened its fifth storefront.
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