Craig Patterson

Robson Street in Vancouver in Flux as New Retailers Prepare to Open Stores [Feature]

The street is seeing new retailers prepare to open, including a prominent corner that is about to see some very big changes and a potential luxury mall nearby cancelled.

New Loblaws City Market Opens in Vancouver’s ‘The Post’ Building, Adding Grocery Competition to the Downtown Core [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the opening of a new Loblaws City Market in downtown Vancouver's renovated Post building, and they explore its potential impact on local grocery shopping.

Upscale Pusateri’s Fine Foods to Close Yorkville Grocery Store in Toronto After 20 Years

The 5,500 square foot store opened to much fanfare in 2003, with valet parking, private chefs and pricey goods. 

Factory Direct to Shut All 14 Stores Amid Bankruptcy, Liquidation to Begin Saturday

The company, founded in 1995, is one of Canada’s largest privately owned discount retailers which struggled with declining sales and increasing costs following the pandemic.

Oakridge Park Announces 1st Luxury Retailers, Attracting Top Brands to Vancouver [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the latest Oakridge Park announcement, highlighting the addition of luxury and upper contemporary brands to Vancouver's retail landscape and how it will impact downtown.

Anine Bing to Open 2nd Canadian Storefront at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto 

The US-based women’s fashion brand recently opened its first Canadian store at Yorkdale, and will open its second location in a downtown luxury hotel. 

Brooks Brothers Opens Storefront in Former Club Monaco Building on Bloor Street in Toronto [Photos]

The US-based retailer’s new store is in an iconic building at the corner of Bloor and Avenue Road, featuring historic architecture and a marble interior. 

Oakridge Park in Vancouver Announces First Confirmed Luxury Retail Tenants Ahead of 2025 Grand Opening [Feature]

The massive mixed-use project, developed by QuadReal and Westbank, will create a significant luxury retail node in Vancouver with brands such as Louis Vuitton and Prada. 

Shake Shack to Join The Ballroom Bowl and Hard Rock Cafe at ‘The Tenor’ in Downtown Toronto

The first location for Shake Shack will occupy a prominent corner location at Yonge and Dundas in an iconic building seeing new tenants. 

Italian Luxury Brand Brunello Cucinelli Opens Yorkdale Pop-Up Ahead of Permanent Space in New Luxury Wing 

The brand’s pop-up opened in the mall after a concession at Holt Renfrew shut for an expansion of Chanel. 

Empowering Canadian Entrepreneurs: A Conversation with Interac’s Leo Bailey and eCommerce Canada’s David Nagy [Video Interview]

Craig, Leo, and David discuss Interac's commitment to supporting Canada's small business community by fostering innovation and community connections for a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

adidas to Open Massive Concept Store in Former Victoria’s Secret in Downtown Vancouver [Exclusive] 

The store will be the largest for the brand in Canada, by far, showing confidence in downtown Vancouver and its retail potential.

Martin Moriarty of Marcus & Millichap Shares Latest Vancouver Retail Insights [Video Interview]

Craig and Martin discuss Vancouver's retail landscape, focusing on areas like the luxury zone, Robson Street, and Oakridge Park. They highlight the market's strength, new tenant arrivals, and future developments.

New Zealand-Based Men’s Fashion Brand Rodd & Gunn to Enter Canada with Standalone Stores

The brand plans to expand by opening stores across the country after establishing itself via concessions in Hudson’s Bay. 

Ebeltoft Group Releases 2024 Retail Innovations Book [Video Interview with J.C. Williams Group]

Lisa Hutcheson of JC Williams Group discusses the newly released book which highlights global and local best examples of retail and other innovations.

Visual Merchandising and its Significance for Retailers [Video Interview]

Retail Insider's Craig Patterson and Ani Nersessian, Founder at VM ID Inc., discuss the role of visual merchandising in the retail sector.

2023’s Most Read Articles on Retail Insider and What’s to Come [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the most read articles of 2023 including HBC/Zellers, Nordstrom's exit from Canada, the future of rooms+spaces, and other developments and challenges in the retail landscape.

Nike Unveils Largest Store in Canada at West Edmonton Mall [Photos]

Israel-based licensee Fox Group is expanding the Nike nameplate across Canada while also taking back operations in British Columbia. 

Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre to See Ongoing Retail Transformation into 2024 [Photos]

The highly productive mall, known for housing many luxury brands, recently added several retailers with more to come including a new luxury wing. 

Exploring the Dynamics of Canadian Retail: A Conversation with Casdin Parr from JLL Canada [Video Interview]

Patterson and Parr discuss the Canadian retail industry as we head into 2024, including new international retailers entering the country and the success of luxury retail despite the economy.

Toronto’s Bloor Street Luxury Run to See Ongoing Retail Transformation Into 2024 [Feature]

The stretch of Bloor formerly known as the ‘Mink Mile’ is seeing new flagship luxury stores opening, with more to come in 2024 as leases are signed in the former Club Monaco and other buildings. 

CDNGLOBAL Brokerage Expands into Toronto with Plans for Future Growth [Video Interview]

Craig and Scott Mulligan, Managing Partner and Broker of Record at CDNGLOBAL, discuss an overview of CDN Global's recent expansion into the Toronto market.

Uniqlo Announces Canadian Store Expansion Plans for Spring 2024

The Japanese fashion retailer is picking up the pace of its Canadian store expansion, seeing strong sales here after entering the country seven years ago. 

The Canadian Retail Landscape with Tony Flanz: Trends, Growth, and Exciting Brand Expansions [Video Interview]

Craig and Tony Flanz, the founder and CEO of Montreal-based brokerage Think Retail, discuss the ever-evolving Canadian retail landscape.

Enhancing Retail Environments: A Contemporary Feng Shui Consultant’s Insights on Design, Colour, and Visitor Experience [Podcast]

Craig and Mark Ainley discuss the profound impact of Feng Shui and flow on retail spaces. Mark highlights how subtle cues, from sharp angles to vibrant colours, influence consumer behaviour, emphasizing the importance of creating an authentic and inviting retail atmosphere.
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