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BRIEF: Cartier Shuts on Bloor for Renovation, Nordstrom Launches BEAUTYCYCLE in Canada

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Cartier Shuts Bloor Street Flagship Temporarily for Renovation

Exterior of the Cartier store at 131 Bloor Street West in Toronto. Photo: Craig Patterson

French luxury jewellery brand Cartier has temporarily shut its store at 131 Bloor Street West (The Colonnade) in Toronto for renovations. The store opened at its current location in the fall of 2009. Prior to that it was located next to the Gucci store at 130 Bloor Street West, and prior to that, in the 1990s, a smaller boutique operated at 101 Bloor Street West.

Parent company Richemont’s investment in Cartier’s Bloor renovation signals confidence for the street which is lined with flagship stores for brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dior, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Burberry, and others. Other retailers on the street including Montblanc, Peloton, and Max Mara recently renewed leases according to CBRE, while other vacancies are in discussion with potential tenants.

Prior to being occupied by Cartier, the space at The Colonnade on Bloor was occupied by a Mappins jewellery store as well as Lacoste. Cartier’s street level spans about 2,950 square feet according to lease plans, and the brand also leases 1,360 square feet upstairs that is not part of the public retail space. We’ll report back with updates on the store’s design as the renovation progresses.

Cartier will make further investments in Canada when it relocates its downtown Vancouver store from 456 Howe Street to 755 Burrard Street this year in a space formerly occupied by Hermes, which relocated to 717 Burrard Street in the fall of 2019.

BEAUTYCYCLE bins in the Nordstrom beauty department. Photo: Nordstrom

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BEAUTYCYCLE Launches in Canada as Part of Nordstrom’s Commitment to Environmental Sustainability

Customer disposing of empty beauty product packaging in the BEAUTYCYCLE bin in Nordstrom’s beauty department. Photo: Nordstrom

Nordstrom has launched its BEAUTYCYCLE initiative in Canada, making it the country’s first beauty take-back and recycling program accepting all brands of beauty packaging at a major retailer.

The program, which has been in operation in the US since last year, aims to take back 100 tons of hard-to-recycle beauty packaging by 2025. Available now, customers can bring their empty beauty products to any Nordstrom Canada store to be recycled. This includes cosmetic, haircare, or skincare packaging regardless of brand or purchase location.

For a complete list of items that can and cannot be accepted, please visit BEAUTYCYCLE.

“We understand our customers care about sustainability, and we want to help them move toward a zero-waste beauty routine so they can look great and do good at the same time,” said Gemma Lionello, executive vice president, general merchandise manager, accessories and beauty, at Nordstrom. “We’re proud to expand access to a recycling program that will help our Canadian customers easily and conveniently recycle their beauty packaging.”

BEAUTYCYCLE boxes will be available in the beauty department and Nordstrom will send the content of these boxes to TerraCycle where they are cleaned and separated into metals, glass, and plastics. Those materials are then recycled based on the material composition.

Nordstrom leads with the fundamental belief that it has a responsibility to leave the world better than they found it, and with the knowledge that each year more than 120 billion units of plastic packaging are produced by the global beauty industry, with less than nine percent getting recycled, the brand is committed to playing an active role in changing this statistic.

In addition to this, by 2025 Nordstrom has also committed to reducing single-use plastic by 50 percent, to be using sustainably-sourced raw materials in 50 percent of Nordstrom-made products made of polyester, cotton, and cellulosic fibres, and to ensuring that 15 percent of all product is considered sustainable.

Lightspeed Payments

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Lightspeed Launches Lightspeed Payments in United Kingdom & Europe in Expansion of Tailored Financial Solutions

Exterior of new Costco Business Centre in Edmonton. Photo: Costco

Montreal-based Lightspeed, a leading provider of cloud-based, omnichannel commerce platforms, has announced the initial availability of Lightspeed Payments for hospitality merchants in the UK and Europe.

Lightspeed’s integrated payments experience gives small and medium-sized businesses in the hospitality industry access to key functionalities, including mobile and contactless payments. The demand for contactless transactions has been exacerbated and as economic re-openings loom, and businesses need to be prepared.

Lightspeed Payments will be rolled out first to hospitality merchants in the UK, followed by retail merchants shortly thereafter. This will continue for Lightspeed merchants throughout France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland.

A study Lightspeed conducted with London’s OnePoll and over 300 small business owners found that:

  • 94% said having integrated POS payments saves money and 79% believe it saves time.
  • 83% are using mobile payments.
  • 78% manage their financials on their own.
  • 34% said they need more support preventing fraudulent payments, while 42% said they need more overall support with financial management.

Lightspeed Payments proved to be essential for many North American businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operating from a single system of record, merchants eliminate the inconvenience of a separate payments provider, gaining a globally-backed, secure platform.

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Coscto Opens First Canadian Business Centre in Alberta & Adds Another Location Within Ontario

Interactive Google Map of 3 North Service Rd., St. Catharines and surrounding area.

Costco Wholesale has officially opened its fourth Canadian Business Centre. Located at 10310 – 186 Street NW in Edmonton. The 127,000-square-foot facility has created 140 jobs in the area.

This new Business Centre is the fourth of its kind in Canada and follows the success of the Business Centres launched in Scarborough (Toronto) in March 2017, Saint-Hubert (Montreal) in September 2020, and Ottawa last month.

The store is part of a Costco national expansion plan, with additional Costco Business Centre locations planned to open across Canada in the coming years. On April 8, just days after the official opening of the Edmonton location, Costco will open its fifth Business Centre, located in St. Catharines, Ontario. Originally a traditional Costco store, this location closed its doors back in November to coincide with the opening of the Costco Wholesale store in Niagara. Now the store located at 3 North Service Rd. in St. Catharines has been renovated to suit the needs of a large-format Costco Business Centre. The 122,000-square-foot facility has created 140 local jobs.

Open to all Costco members, the Business Centre concept is different from the traditional Costco warehouse, with more than 70 percent of the product offerings unique to the Business Centre and targeted to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes. Designed to suit business hours, the Business Centre is open Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Business Centre also offers next-business-day delivery to addresses inside of a delivery zone.

The new Edmonton Costco Business Centre offers more than 3,200 items targeted at restaurants, convenience/grocery stores, and offices – from bulk food items to commercial kitchen wares and cleaning supplies, to office furniture, coffee needs. Business owners will find the same items available both in store and online by visiting Costcobusinesscentre.ca.

“We are thrilled to open our doors and offer this new service, which will better respond to the needs of local business owners,” said Marc-André Bally, Vice President of Business Centres and Ancillary Businesses, Costco Wholesale Canada. “The Costco Business Centre concept is already a success in Ontario and Quebec, and we look forward to offering the same benefits to businesses in Alberta.”

Hot on the heels of Doug Ford’s most recent Ontario lockdown announcement, it is an uncertain time for the St. Catharines location to open in the province. Restaurants and bars have been closed once again, and as the hospitality industry is Costco’s predominant customer demographic, the company is sure to feel the effects of the current economic standstill in food and beverage realm.

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The Home Depot Canada Elevates its Offerings with New Brian Gluckstein Collab

In partnership with renowned designer, Brian Gluckstein, The Home Depot Canada has recently introduced a new and exclusive Canadian décor collection, GlucksteinElements.

Developed with The Home Depot Canada customer in mind and inspired by Brian Gluckstein’s trademark sophistication and edge, the collection will debut with an assortment of lighting, bathroom vanities, and mirrors. Designed with attention to quality and approachable style, the brand boasts fixtures and finishes created for design lovers seeking style, quality, and comfort, elevating The Home Depot’s current range of bathroom options.

“We’re spending more time in our homes than ever, and consumers are looking for functional solutions that will bring effortless style to any space,” said Kathy Marinic Walsh, brand manager, The Home Depot Canada. “Every step of the way, this collection was developed with our customers in mind. We know what our customers are looking for and we worked with Brian and his team to ensure every product is a balance of quality design and excellent value, which our customers have come to expect from our décor assortment.”

With architecture and design influences from around the world, the lighting collection boasts refined profiles in brushed brass, polished nickel, and modern matte black finishes. The easy-to-install vanity collections are designed to elevate a space with details such as fluting, reeding, and directional wood grains for a custom look, plus built-in organization to make daily routines easier than ever. Sophisticated mirrors round out the lineup with functional features like pivoting wall brackets and built-in shelving.

“It’s been an incredible experience working alongside The Home Depot Canada team on these designs, and I’m so excited to share them with Canadians looking to update their spaces and turn their homes into ones they truly love spending time in, said Brian Gluckstein, interior designer, Gluckstein Design. “I have a passion for designing interiors for my clients, and this collection allows me to share the elements I use throughout those projects to a much wider audience.”

GlucksteinElements will debut online and in store in April, with additional products coming soon.

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