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Female-Owned Cannabis Retailer CANVAS Opens 2nd Toronto Storefront Amid COVID-19 Shutdown

The retailer has launched curbside pickup and this month will offer a protected environment featuring plexiglass shields, hand sanitizer, and physical distancing.

Cannabis Retail Prices Fluctuate Greatly in Canada Post-Legalization: Expert

Weed prices, including for cannabis oil, vary wildly across Canada following legalization and government statistics don’t provide any reliable insight.

Challenges and Opportunities for Cannabis Retail in Canada Post-Legalization

The success of cannabis retail in Canada is uncertain amid widely differing distribution models in each province.

BRIEF: Ashley HomeStore Quebec Shuttering, Ted Baker Opening Massive Yorkdale Storefront

Other News: Uniqlo announces Edmonton opening date, Casper enters Calgary with showroom with more planned, Frank And Oak launches new store and denim line.

Entertainment Veteran Charles Khabouth Co-Founds Innovative New Cannabis Brands

The man behind Ink Entertainment partnered with cannabis industry pioneer Basem Hanna on brands committed to social causes, including one geared towards women.

3 Key Challenges Facing Cannabis Retail in Canada & How to Overcome Them: Experts

A well-known West Coast design firm discusses best practices and offers suggestions geared towards companies looking to open cannabis retail locations.

Prefabricated Cannabis Store Concept Plans Aggressive Expansion in ‘Alternative Destinations’

A Canadian company says that it has developed the only tech-driven, prefabricated shipping container retail store concept, and it has plans to disrupt the mainstream retail approach by bringing legal cannabis to more markets and destinations otherwise underserved.

Cannabis Brand ‘Tokyo Smoke’ Plans Cross-Canada Retail Store Expansion

The company has grown from a small coffee concept to a major player in the world of cannabis, with plans for as many as 20 more storefronts over the next 12 months.

The New Kid in Town: An Analysis of the Emerging Canadian Cannabis Market, Part 3

The third and final instalment in a three-part analytical series of the Canadian cannabis market by retail expert, Bruce Winder. In this section, Winder discusses the opportunities in the Canadian cannabis market and concludes his analysis.

The New Kid in Town: An Analysis of the Emerging Canadian Cannabis Market, Part 2

The second in a three-part analytical series of the Canadian cannabis market by retail expert, Bruce Winder. In this section, Winder continues his discussion of the challenges facing the cannabis market.

The New Kid in Town: An Analysis of the Emerging Canadian Cannabis Market, Part 1

Retail expert, Bruce Winder, discusses the cannabis scene in his native Toronto, ON, and dives in to some of the challenges facing the cannabis market in Canada in the first of a three-part analysis.

BRIEF: Ivanhoé Cambridge Innovates with ‘Traveling Experiences’, Uniqlo Opens 11th Canadian Storefront

Other News: New 80,000 sq ft home furnishings centre opens in Toronto, Square One’s ‘Market District’ embraces independent vendors, 12,000 sq ft Rogers experience centre opening at Canada’s busiest pedestrian intersection.

Westleaf Cannabis Announces Aggressive Canadian Retail Expansion with Experiential Music Partnership

The brand is differentiating its operations by growing its Prairie Records brand with plans for 50 stores by the end of 2020.

BRIEF: Nespresso Yorkville To Close, Woodbine Centre Fined Over Pay Inconsistencies

Other News: Toronto’s 1st Legal Cannabis Store Sees Long Lineups, Shikatani Lacroix Design Launches New Podcast, Retailers April Fools, Canadian company launches world’s largest duct tape ball. 

BRIEF: Endy Opening 1st Storefront, Upscale French Brand Shutters Only Canadian Store

OTHER NEWS: West Elm Relocating Toronto store, Palliser Partners with Sarah Richardson, Toys “R” Us Partners with Blue Jays, Tokyo Smoke Opening 26,000 square foot flagship.

Canadian Retail Forecast for 2019: Slower Growth and Challenges with Opportunity 

A flood of store closing announcements this year are causing concern to the industry, while international retailers continue to enter the country seeking a piece of the pie. Despite economic and other challenges, there are bright spots. 

Friendly Stranger Cannabis Culture Shop Plans 50 Store Expansion

The popular cannabis-related retailer, which has been operating for almost 25 years, is working with an investor on a significant expansion post-legalization.

Why Franchising Could Be the Answer to Retailing Cannabis in Ontario

A recent and radical restructuring of the cannabis retail regime from public to private has left the largest market for cannabis consumption in Canada the least prepared.

Legal Cannabis vs. Black Market in Canada: Can it Compete?

Legalization day marks the start of several interesting competitions. Some resemble those in other industries; others are unique to cannabis.

Are we really ready for privatized pot sales?

As marijuana legalization looms and we we contemplate the future of cannabis sales in Canada, there are still lots of questions for both the public and government to consider.

Ontario Could Have Thousands of Pot Retailers

How the Ford government decides to regulate retailers will have a major impact on how many retailers will get into the business — potentially thousands of distribution points are possible in the province, in contrast to just 51 in Saskatchewan and 30 in Newfoundland.

Ontario Uproots its Plans for Selling Cannabis, With Consequences

Ontario’s change to private sector cannabis stores will give consumers more convenience. That will mean stronger competition against the black market, but potentially higher consumption too.

Fire & Flower Aims for Cannabis Retail Domination with Dozens of Planned Locations

The cannabis retail industry in Canada is expected to be highly-competitive when legalization takes place in October. Fire & Flower says that it plans to expand throughout the country.

Case Study: Cannabis Studio Design

Cutler developed an internal case study for cannabis retail, creating a fictitious store, “The Cannabis Studio,” and then translated it into a store experience.

‘Amazon of Cannabis’ Namaste Plans for Explosive Growth in Canada

The largest online retailer for medical cannabis deliver systems globally says that it sees itself as ‘more like Uber’ than a retailer.
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