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Podcast: Alo Yoga Opening First International Location in Canada

This week Craig and Lee talk about Alo Yoga's first international location outside of the United States. The flagship store will replace The Gap at Bloor and Bay Streets in Toronto.

Staffing Shortages to Persist/Worsen for Retailers in Canada as Vacancies Hit Highs: Expert

An industry expert says that there is a measurable correlation between staff and sales revenue, impacting the bottom line for many as the pandemic sees its newest variant.

Best Buy Launching Smaller Store Format for Canadian Market [Exclusive]

The new concept store with a smaller footprint integrates into the regional store network at a localized level.

Alo Yoga to Enter Canadian Market with Multiple Stores Including Bloor Street Flagship in Former Gap Retail Space

The upscale brand will go after Lululemon’s home market including a massive flagship store at an important corner.

Chopard Relocates Vancouver Storefront to Alberni Street in the City’s Luxury Zone [Photos]

The boutique features the brand's high jewellery collections including unique pieces.

Supply Chain and Other Issues to Impact Retailers in Canada in 2022: RCC

The association says that the pandemic variant is causing havoc for retailers as supply and other issues persist into the new year.

Square Launches On-Demand Delivery Service in Canada in Partnership with DoorDash: Interview

Canada is the first international market to offer on-demand delivery after launching in the US.

Hudson’s Bay Partners with PlantX to Open Café and Retail with Plans for Expansion into Multiple Bay Stores: Interview

The plant-based café concept features vegan beverages and plant-based foods, while the Xmarket offers a range of grocery, home and personal care items.

Cadillac Fairview Announces Major Investment in CF Toronto Eaton Centre

The iconic downtown shopping centre will see changes including new skylights and movement/accessibility.

Canadian Tire Store Near Yonge & Bloor in Toronto Slated for Redevelopment: Sources

The recently renovated store could be demolished for towers as well as a new purpose-built retail space for Canadian Tire. 

Canadian Apparel Retailers to Struggle and Continue Losing Market Share Amid New COVID Variant: Trendex Report

A new report by Trendex lays out some interesting and concerning predictions for the year as the pandemic results in further lockdowns.

Podcast: 2021 Most-Read Articles, LV/Dior Exit Saks in Toronto

This week Craig and Lee talk about the Louis Vuitton and Dior boutiques closuring in Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Toronto before reviewing some of the most read articles for Retail Insider in 2021.

Small Business Relief Grant for Ontario Small Businesses Not Enough for Lockdown Losses: Interviews

One of many issues is the fact that the grant does not support businesses with capacity reductions, causing grave concern for the future for many.

BeaverTails Plans Significant Store Expansion into Commercial and Neighbourhood Environments: Interviews

The popular Canadian artisanal bakery chain is expanding beyond the success of tourism locales to more traditional retail locations with two dozen planned for this year alone.

Podcast [Interview] Stefanie Hill Discusses Former ‘Chez Catherine’ Luxury Retail Stores in Toronto and Montreal

Craig and Stefanie discuss some of the history of luxury retail in Toronto and Montreal in the 1970s-1990s. Stefanie and her mother Catherine Hill ran the Chez Catherine luxury retail group in decades past with big names including Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Claude Montana, Ungaro and others.

Henry’s to Relocate Downtown Toronto Flagship Store After 47 Years [Exclusive]

The camera and digital imaging retailer’s new flagship will include a purpose-built retail space spanning about 5,200 square feet.

Winnipeg-Based FAST FIRED by Carbone Pizza Brand Looks to Expand to 200 Stores: Interview

The company, which aims to be a pioneer in the ghost kitchen space as well as robotic kitchens, is embarking on a massive expansion including a range of sites.

Retail Insider to Launch ‘Retail Insider the Magazine’ to Dig Deep into the Fast-Evolving Retail Landscape

Canada’s only national retail-focussed publication to deliver thoughtful research-driven industry insights and analysis

15-Minute Grocery Delivery Startup Tiggy Rapidly Expanding into New Markets in Canada: Interview

The ultrafast delivery startup is aiming to disrupt an already competitive industry with plans to service major urban markets.

Why Toy Stores in Canada — and Amazon — are Tapping Into Paper Catalogues: Op-Ed

It's a remarkable trend that has developed and is counter to the digital revolution seen since the start of the pandemic.

Louis Vuitton and Dior Boutiques Exit Saks Fifth Avenue in Downtown Toronto [Photos]

Both mega-brands opened with the store in 2016 when Saks opened its first Canadian location.

Walmart Launches First-of-its-Kind State-of-the-Art Fulfillment Centre in Canada: Interview

The 40,000-square-foot space provides a modern method of order fulfillment that uses innovative technology to deliver goods to associates. It's part of a major investment by the retailer in Canada that will lead to more innovations.

Upscale NYC-Based MOSCOT Eyewear Opens 1st Store in Canada with Plans for More [Photos]

The 106-year old family-owned brand is growing its direct-to-consumer Canadian operations after finding success with multi brand partners.

“Absolutely Terrible News”: Ontario Lockdown to Push More Businesses Into Bankruptcy: Interviews

Recovery has not truly begun for most Ontario businesses according to CFIB with other experts and industry players saying that the move will irreparably harm many more businesses.

Upscale Canadian Retailer Lemonwood Opens Storefront with Plans for 10-15 Locations: Interview

Christine Peters founded the brand which stared with wholesale in spas, hotels and small gift stores before launching a direct-to-consumer retail model.
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