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Talbots and Swarovski Shutting Bloor Street Storefronts in Toronto After Operating for Decades

Talbots occupied its space for over 30 years while Swarovski has occupied its storefront for nearly two decades. Both are closing for redevelopment.

Chipotle Mexican Grill Launching Aggressive Expansion in Canadian Market: Interview

After entering the country in 2008, Chipotle will ramp up the pace of opening new storefronts including in new markets.

Canadian Retail Sales Running on Fumes: Ed Strapagiel

The industry analyst provides a monthly StatCan update.

Reitmans to Launch Online Marketplace in Q4 2022: President Interview

Reitmans' President says that the retailer's online business has grown exponentially and that the new marketplace will further transform how its customers shop online.

Grocery Pick Up Sees Significant Growth in Canada into 2022: Interview

A slim majority of Canadians utilized click-and-collect this month, representing a significant shift in grocery retail prior to the pandemic.

How Zensurance Helps Canadian Retailers and Business Owners with Necessary Operational Insurance: Interview

Liability insurance is incredibly important and many businesses may not be properly covered.

Plant-Based ‘The Very Good Butchers’ Expanding with New Locations and Business Growth: Interview

The BC-based company is seeing tremendous success as it develops a flagship butcher shop model launching this year.

How a Local Footwear Retailer in Stratford Saw Success with eBay and Ecommerce During the Pandemic: Interview

The retailer discusses how online retail and curbside pickup were implemented quickly and out of necessity for the business to survive.

Podcast [Interview] The Importance of Insurance for Retailers in Canada

Craig and Danish Yusuf of Zensurance discuss the implications for retailers not having proper insurance and how the pandemic has changed things. 

Sporting Life Re-Opens Store in Collingwood After Disastrous 2020 Fire: Interview/Photos

The retailer has risen from the ashes after a complete loss, building a new store with a better and more modern layout.

Vancouver-Based Jeweller Melanie Auld Expands to Toronto with 1st Storefront [Photos]

The unique looking store builds on the brand's growth after starting out as a wholesaler to retailers such as Nordstrom.

Lack of Talent Causing Retail Staffing and Employment Conundrum in Canada: Interview

Retailers’ ability to onboard and train talent comes under the microscope amid surge in new hires.

Rolex Flagship Store to Replace Cole Haan on Bloor Street in Toronto

The store will occupy a prominent corner near many of the world’s top luxury brands.

Reitmans Emerges from Restructuring with Eye to Future Growth: Interview

Major changes were made to operations including shuttering two major store banners.

Grocery Shelves in Canada are Alright Despite the Fearful Narrative: Sylvain Charlebois

The industry expert says that challenges to the supply chain can be overcome, but there will still be many issues.

Canadian Shopping Centres Have Among the Highest Occupancy Rates in the World: Cadillac Fairview VP

Darryl Schmidt also noted that downtown properties continue to struggle given a lack of office workers, though sales levels in some cases are exceeding 2019 levels.

Podcast: International Retail Brands That Entered Canada Over 12 Months

This week Craig and Lee talk about the new international retail brands that entered Canada over the course of 2021. Included is an analysis as well as a projection for 2022.

Unique Second-Hand Retailer Opens Inside of Hudson’s Bay Store [Interview/Photos]

Surplus Market is inspired by thrifting in Tokyo with the owners focused on sustainability.

A ‘Perfect Storm’ for Criminal Activity: US-Style Smash-and-Grab Retail Crime Expected for Canada [Feature]

An expert says that Canadian retailers should be concerned as unfortunate economic conditions lead to an increase in violent crime in stores.

Leger Study Ranks In-Store Experience at Ontario Retailers: Interview

The annual study surveys thousands of Ontarians about their in-store experience and provides top rankings, with some surprising findings.

IKEA Partnership Launching One of the Largest Zero Emission Vehicle Fleets in Canada for Deliveries: Interview

IKEA Canada says that it wants to reach 100% zero-emission deliveries by 2025.

International Brands Continued to Enter Canadian Market by Opening Stores Over the Past 12 Months with More to Come [Feature/Analysis]

Retail Insider provides its annual tally of international brands that entered Canada by opening stores, as well as insights on current expansion plans.

M&M Food Market to be Acquired by Parkland Corporation

The massive acquisition includes over 300 well-located standalone franchise and corporate owned stores, over 2,000 M&M Express locations, and a well-established rewards program with approximately two million active members.

Podcast [Interview] Sean Tarry, Editor-In-Chief of Retail Insider the magazine

Craig and Sean discuss this year's launch of the Retail Insider the magazine, including what it will entail and how it will fit into an expansion of the Retail Insider Media business in 2022.

UK-Based Specsavers Announces Plans for 200 Canadian Stores as it Looks to Dominate Optical Industry

The world’s largest optometrist owned business quietly entered Canada last year and is now making a huge investment to grab market share from competitors in an already tight market.
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