Bloor Street Retail Transformation: Luxury Brands, Renovations, and New Openings in Toronto [Podcast]

Craig and Lee take a deep dive into the dynamic changes occurring on Toronto's Bloor Street West, noting the street's resurgence as a thriving hub for luxury shopping in the city.

The Price of Love: Why Millennials and Gen Zs are Running Up Major Dating Debt [Op-Ed]

Retail marketing strategies that link luxury with love contribute to debt by enticing consumers to overspend on high-end goods, ultimately leading to a false sense of connection between luxury and love in modern relationships, says a Canadian expert.

Spruce Meadows in Calgary Embarks on Major Expansion Including Restaurant, Retail Space and Hotel [Interview]

The prestigious equestrian facility near Calgary is aiming to integrate into a growing residential corridor with intensification, as the city expands.

Luxury Retail Competition Heats Up Between Bloor-Yorkville and Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the intensifying competition between the two luxury retail nodes, and why one may have an advantage in attracting brands over another.

Are Comprehensive ‘World Of’ Concessions Best for Department Stores? [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the contrasting approaches of department stores and brand-specific "World Of" concessions in retail.

Unprecedented Luxury Retail Expansion: Yorkdale’s Transformation with High-End Brands [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the ongoing transformation of Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Centre, which is on its way to becoming one of the world's leading luxury retail destinations.

Toronto’s Yorkville Seeing Ongoing Transformation with Kith Store and Other Upscale Retailers [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the exciting arrival of Kith, an international fashion brand that is a key tenant to the transformation of Toronto's downtown luxury shopping area.

Calgary’s University District Adding Retailers as Huge Mixed-Use Community Develops [Interview/Photos]

The 200 acre community near the University of Calgary is seeing significant commercial leasing along with office and thousands of on-site residential units.

Canadian Business Associations Rally to Extend CEBA Repayment Deadline Amid Looming Crisis [Interviews]

With the current repayment deadline set for December 31, 2023, failure to extend it could lead to closures of many businesses as they struggle to repay loans along with rising costs, inflation, and labor challenges, potentially impacting local economies and communities.

Downgrading the Ingredients in our Food Items: ‘Skimpflation’ Hits Grocery Stores in Canada [Op-Ed]

Sylvain Charlebois discusses the subtle alteration in the nutritional composition of some products as manufacturing costs soar in the industry.

Retailers in Greater Toronto Area Bracing for Real Estate Market Shifts as Population and Economic Growth Drive Demand: JLL Report

The report says that retailers can benefit from expanding as the boomtown’s population, economy, housing, and transit projects drive retail space demand in rapidly changing areas.

Inside Doug Putman’s New Home Furnishings Concept ‘rooms + spaces’ as Retailer Expands Rapidly in Canada [Interviews/Photos]

The entrepreneur talks about his newly opened retail concept, which involves opening an initial 24 stores in former Bed Bath & Beyond locations across the country.

Unique ‘Iris Galerie’ Eye Artwork Concept Expanding in Canada with Plans for 30 New Locations in 3 Years [Interview]

The international eye artwork concept, which launched in Paris in 2021, has plans for rapid global growth including a major cross-Canada location expansion.

Dean Davidson’s Journey: From Hobby to Holt Renfrew and Global Success with Jewelry [Interview]

Craig and Dean discuss the inspiring journey of Dean Davidson's jewelry brand, from its humble beginnings as a hobby to becoming a successful line carried by prestigious retailers like Holt Renfrew.

Former Nordstrom Canada Leader Launches Dream Alterations Store in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre [Interview/Photos]

The entrepreneur discusses her new initiative that was spawned from her time and termination from Nordstrom, which recently exited Canada.

Vessi to Open its 2nd Location in Mississauga Following Successful Vancouver Store Launch [Interview]

The Vancouver-based waterproof footwear brand is expanding its physical direst-to-consumer retail network, with more stores also planned.

RioCan to Transform Calgary’s Glenmore Landing Retail Centre into Pedestrian-Friendly Mixed-Use Community Through Adjacent Land Acquisition [Interview/Renderings]

The landlord will intensify the site to create an exciting new mixed-use community in a desirable location.

Londonderry Mall’s Ongoing Transformation and Hudson’s Bay Retention [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss the transformation and new additions at Londonderry Mall in Edmonton, including a downsized Hudson's Bay store with an outlet concept.

Londonderry Shopping Centre in Edmonton Adding Tenants, Hudson’s Bay Store Downsizing and Remaining Open 

The northeast Edmonton mall is adding tenants to cater to locals, while its original anchor department store will remain open following an announcement earlier this year that it was shutting.

Inflation is Down Overall in Canada, So Why are Grocery Bills Still Going Up? [Op-Ed]

An expert discusses a 'perfect storm' situation where a variety of factors are at play, affecting the cost of food in this country.

Speaking with Ricki’s CEO on the Brand’s Transformation [Interview]

Craig and Dave discuss changes to women's fashion brand Ricki's to bring relevancy back with several projects underway as well as discussing the customer base, the updated website, shipping options, store locations, and future product offerings.

OAK Opens Flagship Store on Toronto’s Queen Street West with Unique Fashions and Rare Luxury Brands

The Quebec-based footwear retailer has landed in Toronto with a range of products, including some from luxury brands such as Dior, Louis Vuitton and Goyard.

Hybrid App-Based Convenience Store Launches 1st Location in Downtown Edmonton [Interview/Photos]

The 24/7 Vender Convenience market concept plans to expand further in a variety of location types depending on forecasted demand.

Canadian Retail Sales Continue to be Impacted by Housing and Rate Hikes [J.C. Williams Group Analysis]

Remarkably, apparel saw gains at a time when consumers are struggling with inflation and other economic factors.

Conagra Brands Canada Study Unveils Canadians’ Growing Appetite for Culinary Exploration and Global Cuisine [Interview]

Canadians are experimenting with cooking and this is having an impact on the grocery industry throughout the country, says an expert.
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