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"The Weekly" Podcast

Podcast: Downtown Edmonton Struggles, and the Future of Retail in Canadian Downtowns

This week Craig and Lee discuss challenges for retail in downtown Edmonton and its retreat over the past couple of decades, as well as the situation and projections for downtowns in cities across Canada. Craig is also an advisor at the University of Alberta Centre for Cities and Communities.

Podcast: Luxury Nodes Shifting in Canada as Malls Take Over and New Ones are Built

This week Craig and Lee talk about how luxury retail nodes in Canada are shifting with the construction of Oakridge Centre in Vancouver and Royalmount in Montreal. The discussion topics includes past luxury retail nodes in Canada and why things are shifting to suburban malls from traditional downtowns.

Podcast: Visiting Canada’s 1st Pret a Manger – Could it be a Better Experience?

This week Craig and Lee discuss Pret a Manger's entry into Canada via A&W. Lee, who lives in Vancouver, discusses what he experienced at the Vancouver combined A&W/Pret location and the discussion turns to whether or not a full standalone Pret a Manger would have made more sense for the first Canadian pilot.

Podcast: Retail Insider Marks 10 Year Anniversary, Retrospective with Founder Craig Patterson

This week Craig and Lee talk about Retail Insider marking 10 years of operations, including how the news platform got started and some memorable happenings in the Canadian retail industry during that time.

Podcast: Hudson’s Bay Store Departing Toronto’s Bloor Street

This week Craig and Lee talk about the Hudson's Bay store which will be departing Bloor Street in downtown Toronto this year after nearly 50 years of operations. The shocking news will lead to big changes for Toronto's downtown core.

Podcast: International Retail Brands That Entered Canada Over 12 Months

This week Craig and Lee talk about the new international retail brands that entered Canada over the course of 2021. Included is an analysis as well as a projection for 2022.

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.

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.

Podcast: The Webster Opens 1st International Store in Toronto

This week Craig and Lee talk Miami-based The Webster's launch into the Canadian market with an impressive three-level storefront in Toronto's Yorkville area. The Webster could grab market share from other multi-brand retailers with its mix of exclusive brands and quirky ethos.

Podcast: Rogue Zellers Stores Opening in Quebec After HBC Lets Trademark Lapse

This week Craig and Lee talk about how a family in Quebec is opening small Zellers-branded stores.
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