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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.

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.

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.

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.

Loblaw Drops 50% Discounts on Expiring Items in Act of ‘Discount-Fixing’ [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that Loblaw’s dropping 50% on “enjoy tonight” deals raises concerns that the retailer is simply mirroring the competition rather than being transparent.

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.

Thousands of Small Businesses in Canada on the Brink with CEBA Repayment Deadline Due this Week [Video Interview]

Thousands of Canadian businesses could be on the brink of closure with the upcoming January 18 deadline to repay their Canada Emergency Business Account loans -- that's according to Dan Kelly of CFIB who speaks with Mario Toneguzzi.

2024’s Top Retail Experts: Retail Insider’s Dustin Fuhs & Mario Toneguzzi Honoured [Video Interview]

Retail Insider's Founder and Publisher Craig Patterson interviews Dustin Fuhs, Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider, and Mario Toneguzzi, Senior News Editor, about their recent award from RETHINK Retail as experts in the industry.

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.

2023 Canadian Holiday Shopping Report Reveals Surging Demand for Discounts and Deals Amid Economic Caution [Interview]

The report reveals a surge in demand as economic caution influences consumer behaviour as we approach Christmas.

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. 

2024 Food in Canada to Look Much Different than Year Prior [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says that Canadians are redefining the way they approach food, saying things will be a whole lot different in 2024.

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Opens First Location in Toronto

The Hong Kong-based retailer will continue to expand with more stores in Canada.

Amazon Releases Impact Report Showing Significance of the Company to Canada’s Economy

The company continues to see growth in the Canadian market as it invests billions into various initiatives, according to a spokesperson.

Canadian Brand SENTALER Relaunches Toronto Flagship Store with Plans for Expansion [Interview]

Founder Bojana Sentaler discusses the updated flagship in Yorkville, how the brand has seen success with celebrities, as well as plans for future SENTALER stores.

Food Prices in Canada Expected to Rise in 2024, Grocer Code of Conduct should be Mandatory [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois goes over a new report providing insights into the grocery industry for next year, noting the influence of Loblaw and Walmart on the Canadian market.

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.

TacoTime Embarks on a Nationwide Expansion, Modernization, and Innovative Offerings in 2024 [Interview]

The quick service chain plans to grow its Canadian operations while exploring innovative concepts like drive-thrus and even food trucks.

Small Businesses in Canada Battle Unfair Instagram Suspensions: A Tale of Lost Revenue and Accountability Demands [Feature Interviews]

Two business owners, including a retailer, say that Meta's account deactivations have hit business hard and that the social media behemoth needs to be held accountable. But what can be done?

California-Based Wetzel’s Pretzels Plans Aggressive Expansion in Canada [Interview]

The popular foodservice chain has big plans for the Canadian market, including expanding outside of traditional retail locations.

Drop in Chinese Tourists Prompts Qiviuk Knitwear to Shift Retail Strategy [Feature Interview]

A significant reduction in Chinese visitors to Canada since the pandemic, exacerbated by political tensions, has a Canadian luxury brand innovating in various ways to target its core customer.

Salesforce’s Rob Garf Discusses Canadian Retailers’ Strategies Amidst Q3 E-commerce Slowdown [Report/Interview]

Garf discusses a report showing a 9% decline in Canadian e-commerce growth, indicating a consumer expectation for discounts in the upcoming months. He discusses a consumer shift and how retailers can address it.

Vancouver vs. San Francisco Retail: Vacancies, Social Challenges, Luxury Retail Thrives [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the differences and similarities in the retail scenes of Vancouver and San Francisco. They explore store closures, the impact of poverty on retail, rising retail crime, and the resilience of high-end retailers in these cities.

Why Ideology Shouldn’t Push the Single-Use Plastic Elimination Agenda in Canada [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois says we must balance the need for sustainability with the realities of our interconnected global food supply chain, recognizing that a comprehensive approach and respectful collaboration will yield the most fruitful results.

Hullmark and BGO Collaborate on Beltline Yards Mixed-Use Development in Toronto [Interviews/Renderings]

The massive 1.7 million square foot development will include retail space as well as residential and other uses, and will be unlike any other neighbourhood in Toronto according to Jeff Hull.
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