In 2021, the Canadian retail industry adapted and shifted throughout the second year of the pandemic. Top trends included growth in omni-channel, challenges with supply chain, marketplaces and inflation among other topics.
Canada also saw a number of brands enter the country through expansion and had a number of brands unexpectedly exit the market. We will be talking about the lasting impacts of 2021 for many years to come.
Over the course of the year, some articles published in Retail Insider saw many thousands of readers, and we’ve listed the top ones below in descending order.
21. Walmart Canada Accelerates E-Commerce Expansion with 1st In-Store Fully-Automated Fulfillment Centre
The 22,000-square-foot space will automate online grocery picking and dispensing and is part of Walmart’s push to grow market share amid changing consumer patterns.
The leading shopping centre in Newfoundland is seeing exciting new tenants as part of beautiful expansion/renovation that has created one of the most attractive malls in Canada.
A new Walmart store is expected to be one of the top-selling in Canada given that it will replace an already productive location nearby.
Other News: WYRTH opens Yorkdale pop-up, relevé opens in Toronto, T&T Supermarket opens in Langley, Aesop to open in West Vancouver at Park Royal.
The US-based fast fashion retailer partnered with YM Inc. to bring stores back to Canada after launching a website last year following a bankruptcy.
Local farmers manage the vertical farming at the individual grocery stores, where a variety of herbs, microgreens, leafy greens, and lettuces are grown year round.
15. Disney Confirmed to be Closing 10 Additional Stores in Canada in August, Leaving Only 3 Prior to Full Exit
The popular brand has formally confirmed its next round of closures with some ‘cast members’ already securing new positions elsewhere.
Mixed-use developments will replace standalone flagship Bay stores at a time when some leading global department stores are growing in size with non-retail attractions. An opportunity for creating massive F&B/attraction-heavy Hudson’s Bay flagships could be lost as a result.
13. How a Small Retailer in the BC Interior Amassed Over a Million Social Media Followers in 4 Months
JJs Fashions in Trail began posting videos about its “hot boss” leading to explosive growth in social media interaction and brand awareness.
12. Quebec Family Nabs Zellers Trademark From HBC to Open Small-Format Zellers Stores and Restaurants
The Hudson’s Bay company is suing the Moniz family who have already opened one small-format Zellers-branded store with plans for more.
Closures will have a major impact on retailers, large and small, hoping for Christmas and Boxing Day rushes at physical stores.
The breakthrough technology provides a transportation solution for the middle mile by enabling ‘next-generation’ automated trucks.
One of Canada’s first shopping centres has been expropriated by the city and will be shutting down entirely.
8. Ontario Premier Doug Ford Urged to Open Ontario Retail and Restaurants Immediately as Covid Cases Come Down at a Critical Time: Interviews
Businesses were supposed to open this week but the government extended the lockdown. Now there are calls to reopen things now.
The Canadian grocery retailer is rolling out a national renovation program to redesign its stores across the country.
Expansion of omnichannel development and greater use of predictive analytics and machine learning to help shape the grocery experience of tomorrow.
5. Couche-Tard Likely to Become a Grocery Retailer in Canada and it Would Disrupt Loblaw and Other Big Players: Interviews
Couche-Tard’s attempts to acquire Carrefour signals intention and with the future of gas stations in question, a broader grocery strategy is most likely at play.
The concept, which improves on the overall store design and offerings, will be rolled out as part of a national expansion.
Keep reading Retail Insider, as we’ll be reporting on Canadian retail industry stories in 2022. Let’s all have a safe and prosperous new year!