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Podcast [Interview] Michael Binetti Discusses Toronto’s Retail History

Binetti, who hosts Jane's Walks, begins by discussing the first store in Toronto, followed by how a department store row developed on King Street East that gave way to Simpsons and Eaton's opening further up on Queen.

Pitchfork Market + Kitchen to Open in Downtown Saskatoon and Launch Store Expansion in Western Canada: Interview

The retail concept will become a new name in Western Canada as Pitchfork launches an expansion following a downtown opening.

Video Interview: Steve Sadove Discusses Consumer Spending Habits

The former CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, and former Chairman of the National Retail Federation, also talks about how total retail sales have increased, trends in the industry, what sectors are doing well and which ones have fallen.

Inside IKEA’s Downtown Toronto Urban Format Store [Photos]

The store opens Wednesday of next week and is unlike any other in Canada, with natural light flooding through windows and a unique model that is a mix of product and food.

US Brand Allbirds to Enter Canada with 1st Stores: Interview

The sustainability-focused footwear and fashion brand has confirmed that it will open two stores in Canada this year as it launches an expansion into new countries following an IPO last year.

Spike of Insolvency Cases in Canada Could Signal More to Come for Retailers: Expert

An expert says that things will likely worsen under the stress of inflation and the withdrawal of pandemic-related government support, among other factors.

Retailer ‘Tao Tea Leaf’ Expands Operations as it Opens Storefront at Toronto’s Union Station: Interview/Photos

The retailer and wholesaler of loose leaf teas is growing its base of stores after first launching in 2009.

La Maison Simons Announces Halifax Store with Landlord to Repurpose Former Sears Box

The redevelopment of a former Sears store will make it possible for the Quebec City-based Simons to enter the Halifax market for the first time.

Canada’s Baby Formula Problem is for Different Reasons: Sylvain Charlebois

Differing dynamics between Canada and the US means things are different -- but many Canadians don't know about a Chinese connection which poses a threat.

Video Interview: April Sabral Discusses Retail Leadership During a Crisis

Sabral talks about how retailers responded during the pandemic with leadership and training programs, key lessons learned through this crisis, biggest challenges in the industry, and current trends in retail.

IKEA Announces Toronto Downtown Store Opening Date

The Swedish home furnishings retailer will open its 66,000 sq. ft. downtown location, a first to Canada concept with a new food concept added as well.

Menswear Brand ‘Psycho Bunny’ to Enter Canadian Market with 4 Stores: Exclusive Interview

The brand is launching its expansion into Canada this summer with plans to open even more locations in new markets as Psycho Bunny gains consumer awareness.

Consumers in Canada Changing Spending Patterns Due to Inflation: Study/Interview

Concerning news for retailers as consumers pull back and look to save money for the future rather than spend now.

Square Helping Retailers take the Complexity out of Cash Flow and Realize Opportunities

The company says that managing healthy cash flow is critical to relieve merchant burden.

In Photos: The Last Days of Hudson’s Bay at Yonge & Bloor in Downtown Toronto

The store was once the retailer’s flagship store and it shut earlier than expected last week after product cleared out.

Retail Executive Roundtable Sparks Lively Discussion Concerning the Transforming Retail Experience

Retail Insider recently hosted top industry leaders for a roundtable discussion within the inaugural edition of Retail Insider the magazine.

Video Interview: Bruce Winder Provides Insights on Current State of Retail Industry in Canada

The industry expert talks about business closures during the pandemic, key lessons learned by retailers over the past two years, biggest mistakes made, trends and the use of under-utilized space at shopping centres.

Canadian Retailer ‘Showcase’ Launches Major Expansion into the US Market: Interview

The 'home of the hottest trends' is taking its successful Canadian business model to the US as part of a growth strategy.

Fuzz Wax Bar Expands into British Columbia with 1st Location Following Pandemic Challenges: Interview

The beauty service provider saw slowdowns because of the pandemic and now business is booming as consumers return.

The Meal Kit Market in Canada May have Peaked: Charlebois

Industry expert Sylvain Charlebois says that as consumers begin going out again, dining at home is seeing a downward trend following pandemic isolation.

Sleep Country Canada Has Best 1st Quarter Ever: Interview

CEO Stewart Schaefer says that it was a surprise following chaos surrounding the pandemic along with inflation and oil prices.

“Ridiculous” Empty Store Tax Proposal Could be Bad News for Vancouver: Interview with Martin Moriarty

Moriarty says he's bewildered by the proposal that could harm landlords, noting that neighbourhoods and streets have different dynamics which could result in longer vacancies.

Video Interview: Robin Kovitz, President and CEO of Gift Retailer Baskits Discusses Growth

Kovitz discusses how she built the retailer into one of Canada's fastest growing companies. She also discusses challenges in retail, lessons learned, and plans for the company's future.

Harry Rosen Launches 1st Private-Label Made-to-Measure Brand Called HAROLD: Interview with Ian Rosen

A range of custom men's styles are on offer with the new line that saw great efforts in its development.

Podcast [Interview] Ray Riley of Progress Retail Discusses the Future of the Industry Post-Pandemic

Craig and Ray Riley, CEO of Progress Retail, discuss retail in Canada during the pandemic as well as what's to come as we see a return to some normalcy.
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