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Brief: ‘Beyond the Rink by Bauer’ Opens at Union Station, Farm Boy Opens Impressive Central Toronto Storefront

Other News: Stitch It opens 3D body measurement retail space, Willowbrook Centre adds Red Robin to its restaurant component, Freak Lunchbox opens at Avalon Mall in St. John’s.

Brief: Decathlon Opens 10th Canadian Store, Birks Jewellers Opens State-of-the-Art Service Centre

Other News: LCBO opens impressive store on the Bloor Street luxury run, Swatch opening downtown Toronto store.

Brief: Costco Opens Montreal Store, Lao Feng Xiang Opening 3rd Canadian Location

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.

Brief: Chick-fil-A Opening on Queen St., Quartz Co. Opens 2 Storefronts

Other news: Smartwool Opens 2nd Canadian store in Whistler BC, The Scottish & Irish Store opens in Toronto, Gucci construction signage goes up at Hotel Vancouver.

Brief: Athleta Opens 1st Canadian Store, Marvel Avengers Experience Extended at Yorkdale

Other News: Lululemon rolls out Olympic collection in Canadian stores, QuadReal gets floral in malls.

Brief: Tim Hortons Launching Fashion Line, The Latest Scoop Opens 3rd Downtown Toronto Store

Other news: Lululemon study shows how clothing impacts workplaces, Samsung launches Knox Capture scanning tech, Volvo partners with Canadian footwear brand Casca.

Brief: HBC Partners with Pinterest, Saks Opens Balenciaga Boutique

Other news: Gucci opens pop-up in Vancouver as flagship construction commences, Apple's questionable trade-in program.

Brief: Hudson’s Bay Partners with Toronto Raptors, Ritz Rumoured to Replace Four Seasons Hotel at CF Pacific Centre

Other News: Streetwear retailer PLUS opening at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Ellie Mae opens Yonge Street store, Swarovski unveils beautifully renovated downtown store.

Brief: Canadian Shoe Outlet Closing All Stores, Signage Changes on EB Games Stores in Canada

Other News: Upscale fashion retailer NorthBoys Launches NorthGirls, Aussie bridal retailer launches in Canada, Salomon shutting West Vancouver location, H&M shuts store in downtown Montreal.

Brief: Birks Opens at Saks Flagship in Toronto, Craig’s Cookies to Open at Yorkdale

Other news: Samsung renovating 2 Canadian stores, TKEES launches at Holt Renfrew, Southcentre launches Truth and Reconciliation exhibit.

Brief: Decathlon Opens Impressive Store, Athleta Replacing Nike at Yorkdale

Other News: The Latest Scoop opening in downtown Toronto, Judith & Charles steps onto the street with Ottawa store, hotel under construction in St. Thomas shopping centre.

Brief: Amazon Launching 1st ‘Career Day’ in Canada, Kit and Ace Shuts in West Vancouver

Other news: Jo Malone opens 4 stores, Swyft partners with Walmart, Scarborough Town Centre to host vintage street market.

Brief: Celine Exits Saks Flagship as Standalone Opens, Rexall Shuts 4th Downtown Toronto Store Since June

Other news: Lucid Motors opening at Yorkdale, Sungiven Foods opening more Vancouver stores, massive medical complex opening at Centre Rockland in Montreal.

Brief: Richemont Expanding Cartier in Canada, The Webster Chooses Facade Colour for 1st Canadian Store

Other news: Jeweller Melanie Auld Expanding to Toronto, Eight Sleep Launches in Canada, H&M Canada pilots resell platform.

Brief: ‘The Bay’ Website Officially Rebranded Amid Business Split, Construction Begins on Downtown Toronto IKEA Store

Other news: Downtown Vancouver BIA launches unique initiative to attract consumers, T.Kettle opens in Toronto’s PATH, Polestar opens in West Vancouver.

Brief: Nordstrom Pulls Men’s Luxury Brands at Yorkdale, Ray-Ban Opening 2nd Canadian Store

Other news: size? opens at Queen & Ossington with mirrored ceilings, Dyson launches new products.

Brief: Celine Exits Nordstrom Yorkdale, Uniqlo Expanding at Metrotown

Other news: Burberry renovating and expanding at Yorkdale, Urban Outfitters opens at the Amazing Brentwood, Bayview Village unveils 'Candyland' pop-up.

Brief: Moose Knuckles Opening at Toronto Eaton Centre, Ren’s Pets Acquired

Other news: Distillery District launches container pop-up retail, New and renovated retailers at Metropolis at Metrotown, EB Games rebrand, Home Depot announces sustainability goals.

Brief: Zara Opens Massive Metrotown Flagship, Nordstrom Partners with Disney

Other news: Altitude Fitness launches in Toronto, T&T Market prepares to open in Langley, Bailey Nelson to open at Willowbrook, YUM Candy survives pandemic.

Brief: Hillberg & Berk Debuts New Store Design, WANT Les Essentials Opens Pop-up Storefront

Other news: Liberty Clothing opens in Distillery District, Plenty opens store near Vancouver, London Drugs Renovates Robson Street storefront, ergoCentric opens showroom at Square One.

Brief: Banana Republic Shuttering Montreal Flagship, Bodega Replacing RYU Off Robson

Other news: Blubird fashion store shutting down in Vancouver, CF Toronto Eaton Centre Launches art murals, Spirthouse Toronto opening in Distillery District, Frank and Oak ends subscription service.

Brief: Decathlon Opens in Brampton, Boathouse Replacing Le Chateau at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Other news: Decathlon opens in Brampton, Thom Browne under construction in Vancouver, Former Sears box at CF Richmond Centre demolished for redevelopment.

Brief: Tokyo Smoke Opening in Top Mall, FYE Opens 2nd Storefront

Other news: American Eagle replacing restructured retailer, TWG relocating to smaller space in Vancouver, Evolve Strength announces location at The Post.

Brief: Ren’s Pets Opening Urban Concept Store, Point Zero Shuts Downtown Montreal Location

Other news: Impact Kitchen opening 5th location in Liberty Village, Daub + Design opens 1st physical showroom, Peace Collective opening at the Distillery District, Rabba opening at Yonge & Rich.

Retail Updates from the Desk of Craig Patterson: June 14 2021

Retail openings and closings for the week as well as happenings and observations in the industry. Be sure to follow these reports as we're announcing things no one else is.
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