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A ‘Perfect Storm’ for Criminal Activity: US-Style Smash-and-Grab Retail Crime Expected for Canada [Feature]

An expert says that Canadian retailers should be concerned as unfortunate economic conditions lead to an increase in violent crime in stores.

Leger Study Ranks In-Store Experience at Ontario Retailers: Interview

The annual study surveys thousands of Ontarians about their in-store experience and provides top rankings, with some surprising findings.

IKEA Partnership Launching One of the Largest Zero Emission Vehicle Fleets in Canada for Deliveries: Interview

IKEA Canada says that it wants to reach 100% zero-emission deliveries by 2025.

International Brands Continued to Enter Canadian Market by Opening Stores Over the Past 12 Months with More to Come [Feature/Analysis]

Retail Insider provides its annual tally of international brands that entered Canada by opening stores, as well as insights on current expansion plans.

M&M Food Market to be Acquired by Parkland Corporation

The massive acquisition includes over 300 well-located standalone franchise and corporate owned stores, over 2,000 M&M Express locations, and a well-established rewards program with approximately two million active members.

Podcast [Interview] Sean Tarry, Editor-In-Chief of Retail Insider the magazine

Craig and Sean discuss this year's launch of the Retail Insider the magazine, including what it will entail and how it will fit into an expansion of the Retail Insider Media business in 2022.

UK-Based Specsavers Announces Plans for 200 Canadian Stores as it Looks to Dominate Optical Industry

The world’s largest optometrist owned business quietly entered Canada last year and is now making a huge investment to grab market share from competitors in an already tight market.

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.

Retailers in Canada Utilizing Pinterest to Reach Consumer Base: Interview

IKEA and Indigo are among the retailers focusing on the visual platform that has over 11 million monthly active users in Canada.

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.

Montreal-Based Fashion Brand Gorski Opens 1st Flagship Store with Plans for More: Interview/Photos

About 98% of the brand's business is outside of Canada and plans are in place to grow market share.

Podcast: Alo Yoga Opening First International Location in Canada

This week Craig and Lee talk about Alo Yoga's first international location outside of the United States. The flagship store will replace The Gap at Bloor and Bay Streets in Toronto.

Staffing Shortages to Persist/Worsen for Retailers in Canada as Vacancies Hit Highs: Expert

An industry expert says that there is a measurable correlation between staff and sales revenue, impacting the bottom line for many as the pandemic sees its newest variant.

Best Buy Launching Smaller Store Format for Canadian Market [Exclusive]

The new concept store with a smaller footprint integrates into the regional store network at a localized level.

Alo Yoga to Enter Canadian Market with Multiple Stores Including Bloor Street Flagship in Former Gap Retail Space

The upscale brand will go after Lululemon’s home market including a massive flagship store at an important corner.

Chopard Relocates Vancouver Storefront to Alberni Street in the City’s Luxury Zone [Photos]

The boutique features the brand's high jewellery collections including unique pieces.

Supply Chain and Other Issues to Impact Retailers in Canada in 2022: RCC

The association says that the pandemic variant is causing havoc for retailers as supply and other issues persist into the new year.

Square Launches On-Demand Delivery Service in Canada in Partnership with DoorDash: Interview

Canada is the first international market to offer on-demand delivery after launching in the US.

Hudson’s Bay Partners with PlantX to Open Café and Retail with Plans for Expansion into Multiple Bay Stores: Interview

The plant-based café concept features vegan beverages and plant-based foods, while the Xmarket offers a range of grocery, home and personal care items.

Cadillac Fairview Announces Major Investment in CF Toronto Eaton Centre

The iconic downtown shopping centre will see changes including new skylights and movement/accessibility.

Canadian Tire Store Near Yonge & Bloor in Toronto Slated for Redevelopment: Sources

The recently renovated store could be demolished for towers as well as a new purpose-built retail space for Canadian Tire. 

Canadian Apparel Retailers to Struggle and Continue Losing Market Share Amid New COVID Variant: Trendex Report

A new report by Trendex lays out some interesting and concerning predictions for the year as the pandemic results in further lockdowns.

Podcast: 2021 Most-Read Articles, LV/Dior Exit Saks in Toronto

This week Craig and Lee talk about the Louis Vuitton and Dior boutiques closuring in Saks Fifth Avenue in downtown Toronto before reviewing some of the most read articles for Retail Insider in 2021.

Small Business Relief Grant for Ontario Small Businesses Not Enough for Lockdown Losses: Interviews

One of many issues is the fact that the grant does not support businesses with capacity reductions, causing grave concern for the future for many.

BeaverTails Plans Significant Store Expansion into Commercial and Neighbourhood Environments: Interviews

The popular Canadian artisanal bakery chain is expanding beyond the success of tourism locales to more traditional retail locations with two dozen planned for this year alone.
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