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The New Grocery Code of Conduct Should Benefit Both Canadians and the Food Industry [Op-Ed]

An industry expert provides an overview of what the new code should improve and supply chain management practices as consumers grapple with rapid food inflation.

Columbus Café Expands Rapidly in Canada, Opening 10th Location in Montreal and Announcing First Toronto Location [Interview]

The Parisian chain is looking to grow its presence in Canada significantly with a goal for a significant number of locations, according to its broker.

Swarovski Opens Unique One-of-a-Kind Canadian Concept Store on Bloor Street in Toronto [Photos]

Toronto is one of only a handful of cities globally to feature Swarovski’s new Instant Wonder concept store design. 

Healthy Planet Expands in Southern Ontario with 4 New Locations and Innovative Healthy Planet Kitchen [Interview]

One of Canada's fastest growing health and wellness retail chains is growing its brick-and-mortar presence while launching a new concept, says its GM.

Canadian Restaurants Facing Impending Bankruptcies as CEBA Loan Repayment Deadline Looms [Survey]

Research is showing an increase in bankruptcies with a loan repayment deadline at the end of the year potentially throwing the industry into chaos.

Louis Vuitton Opens Canada’s 2nd Men’s Ready-to-Wear Concession at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy in Montreal [Photos]

The luxury superbrand is growing its ready-to-wear presence in Canada in the country’s second-largest city, which will see even more clothing when a flagship Vuitton opens at Royalmount next year.

The Body Shop North America Appoints New General Manager to Expand Business: Interview with Jordan Searle

Searle discusses plans to upgrade stores with The Body Shop's new Workshop concept as the brand continues to see consumer growth amid competition.

Canadian Consumers will Abandon Checkouts if Preferred Payment Methods Unavailable [Study/Interview]

A new report examines consumer behaviour in Canada, indicating that retailers need to invest in tech to gain shopper loyalty.

Rack Attack Continues Expansion in Canada, Adding Three New Stores and Acquiring Calgary Locations [Interview]

The retailer of car racks, bike racks, rooftop tents, overlanding, and other outdoor gear is growing its operations in Canada with plans for more locations amid consumer demand.

Pilgrim CEO Robert Hayes Discusses the Jeweller’s Expansion Plans in Canada: Video Interview

The discussion includes how Hayes brought the brand into the market, what makes it so popular, wholesale expansion, and what's in store for new locations in Canada including one at CF Toronto Eaton Centre opening in late June.

Fitness Concept elleTO Growing Business with Female-Focus [Interview]

Founder Michelle Epstein discusses the rebrand and location moves which are proving successful for the 12-year old women's gym.

Montreal-Based Gourmet Salad Brand Mandy’s Sets Ambitious Expansion Plans, Eyeing National and International Growth [Interview]

The popular salad restaurant chain is looking at opening a substantial number of locations, given success after a recent expansion.

Sheridan Nurseries Marks 110 Years with Grand Opening of Innovative Garden Centre Concept in Aurora [Interviews]

The Ontario-based garden retailer has a unique history of land acquisition while retailing a variety of plants and items for the home.

Jeweller Alan Anderson Discusses His Line, Atelier and Future Plans: Video Interview

Craig interviews Toronto-based jeweller Alan Anderson, who discuses how he got started in the jewellery industry, his new atelier on Jarvis Street, and future plans which will include the launch of a handbag line. They also discuss the recent Royal Coronation and jewellery seen on various attendees. 

Canadians Are Now Buying Less Food. Now What for Grocery Retailers? [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says a variety of factors could be at play to explain an interesting phenomenon among Canadian consumers.

Fashion Brand ‘Kotn’ Continues Canadian Retail Expansion with 5th Store in Toronto’s Leslieville [Interview]

The retailer's co-founder discusses Kotn's brand and retail strategy, including plans for future expansion.

Innovative Beauty Hall and Wellness Retail Concept to Open at Royalmount in Montreal [Interview/Rendering]

The opening of the 36,000 square foot space is set to for August 2024 as part of a highly anticipated new retail centre with numerous luxury tenants.

How AI is Changing the Retail Landscape in Canada and Beyond

From chatbots to robotics, change is rapid as AI takes hold and retailers look to adopt and integrate new technologies.

HBC to Expand Zellers Brand Across Canada in Larger Footprints After Spring Pop-Up Store Launch [Interviews]

The Hudson’s Bay Company is ramping up its investment in Zellers while also freeing up liquidity to grow its operating businesses with other banners.

Analyzing Canada’s 2023 Retail Sales: Insights into Category Growth and Challenges Ahead [J.C. Williams Group Analysis]

The consultancy analyses the latest StatCan numbers, showing some interesting trends over the year before.

Club Kitchen Launches in Downtown Vancouver, Offering Restaurateurs an Innovative Culinary Hub [Interview]

The new concept isn't a commissary kitchen or ghost kitchen according to its ops manager, creating a new food offering in the centre of Vancouver.

T&T Supermarket Opens 36,000 sq ft Store at CF Fairview Mall in Toronto, as Part of $80M Sears Box Revitalization [Interview]

CEO Tina Lee discusses the retailer's strategy of opening in malls, and how the deal to open at CF Fairview was years in the making.

Lab Grown Diamond Brand VRAI to Open 1st Canadian Store [Interview]

The lab-grown diamond brand has 13 stores globally. With Canada being VRAI's second-largest market for virtual appointments, the timing was right for a first storefront.

Canada’s Ultimate Retail Rendezvous: Game-Changing Ideas, Epic Connections

RCC STORE 23 is the most dynamic two days of learning and discussion about today’s most critical retail topics and newest success strategies – a must-attend for retailers and their partners and the best networking opportunity of the year for anyone in retail.

Real Canadian Superstore Pilots Selling Large Appliances with Plans for Expansion

The Loblaw-owned large-format grocer is growing its offerings in an effort to disrupt retail and gain market share with consumers.
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