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Retailers See Boost as Canadian Consumer Spending Rises in Q1 2022: Report/Steve Sadove Interview

A rise in spending saw spending return to pre-pandemic levels in stores while ecommerce continues to maintain traction after incredible pandemic growth.

Mobile Klinik Rebrands with Plans for Major Location Expansion: CEO Interview

The smartphone and tablet repair and refurbishment retailer is seeing significant growth after becoming a major resale outlet for devices.

Retail Innovation and Pop-Up House BRIKA Acquired by Experiential Commerce Agency: Interview

Founder Jen Lee Koss says big things are planned with the partnership signalling the ongoing importance of brick-and-mortar retail despite growth in online channels.

T&T Supermarkets to Open 4 Stores as Retailer Expands Throughout Canada: CEO Tina Lee Interview

Ms. Lee says that the grocery retailer will continue opening stores as consumers embrace the Asian concept.

Canadian Gift Basket Retailer ‘Baskits’ Sees Explosive Growth with Multiple Sales Channels: Interview

The company has seen explosive growth under new ownership with an eye to the future which includes more gifting.

Resale Sneaker Retailer SAFE Opens 4 Stores in Canada with Plans for More: Interview

The unique new concept launched online and pivoted to a physical business with a goal of becoming the "Footlocker of sneaker resale".

barBurrito Reveals Plans for Massive Store Expansion Throughout Canada: Interview

Hundreds of new locations are planned for the foodservice business which boasts the highest Yelp reviews in the industry.

Sporting Life Re-Opens Store in Collingwood After Disastrous 2020 Fire: Interview/Photos

The retailer has risen from the ashes after a complete loss, building a new store with a better and more modern layout.

Pablo Cheese Tart Chain Expanding with New Locations in Canada: Interview

The Japanese pastry, desert and baked goods retailer is growing its locations in the Canadian market including new cities.

Clint Mahlman Leading Legendary Retailer London Drugs Toward Further Success, Growth and Differentiation [Feature]

The preeminent western Canadian pharmacy continues to build on a legacy that spans more than three quarters of a century.

Ren’s Pets To Add Five New Stores in Ontario in Spring 2022

The retailer is looking to grow market share with new storefronts.

Upscale Canadian Retailer Lemonwood Opens Storefront with Plans for 10-15 Locations: Interview

Christine Peters founded the brand which stared with wholesale in spas, hotels and small gift stores before launching a direct-to-consumer retail model.

Indigo Partners with Uber to Provide Same-day Delivery: Interviews

It's part of an effort by the national retailer to gain market share while addressing consumer demands.

Aussie Eyewear Retailer ‘Bailey Nelson’ Doubles Canadian Store Count Since Start of Pandemic with Plans for More: Interview

The retailer also launched a virtual try-on solution that has resulted in an ecomm explosion.

Farm Boy Opens 8th Toronto Fresh Market [Photos]

The impressive storefront features a wide range of name and private branded goods and is part of the Empire-owned grocer's ongoing expansion in Ontario.

Jeffrey Berkowitz Leading Aurora Realty Consultants into New Age of Commercial Real Estate Brokering [Feature Interview]

A passion for his work and the relationships he develops driving continued success for one of Canada’s top real estate experts.

‘The Chesterfield Shop’ Headed for 75 Years of Success on Foundations of Customer Service and Quality

The family-owned furniture store’s focus on the customer has seen the well-known retailer grow with the opening of more stores.

Consumer Spending Surge at Retailers Predicted in Canada For Fall/Winter 2021: Interview

The pandemic saw Canadians save billions and analysts predict increased consumer spending heading into December.

Inside Ren’s Pets New Store in Liberty Village [Photos]

Ontario-based specialty pet retailer debuts an urban concept for downtown Toronto.

Gap-Owned Athleta Enters Canada with Expansion Plans: Interview with GM Jenelle Sheridan

The female-focused athletic brand will look to rapidly gain market share in the Canadian market with its international expansion strategy.

Entrepreneur Manjit Minhas of Dragons’ Den on Brand Image: Interview

The seasoned entrepreneur provides insight into authenticity as well as how she built her multiple businesses.

Podcast [Interview]: Terry Cassaday, Founder and CEO of ergoCentric

Craig speaks with Terry Cassaday, Founder and CEO of ergonomic chair company ergoCentric which is expanding further into retail with new storefronts.

Pro Wrestler Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart Discusses His Retail Foray and Personal Branding: Interview

The world-famous Calgary-based wrestler spoke with journalist Mario Toneguzzi about his career and how his retail and personal brands have developed over the years.

Best Buy Canada Pivots Over the Course of the Pandemic: VP Interview

The retailer had to be nimble as uncertainty dominates retail, and it’s now looking to the future with its learnings.

Podcast [Interview]: David Goldman on Boys’Co’s Final Chapter

This week, Craig and David discuss the 75 year fashion legacy of family-owned Murray Goldman, including the 37 year run of iconic Vancouver-based menswear retailer Boys'Co which will shut down at the end of this year. Despite the sad news, it's a positive conversation with a lot of history and gratitude.
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