Craig and Lee discuss the new flagship Apple Store that opened last week at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver, marking the first of its kind for Canada. Lee also discusses the media event prior and his opinion on what went on.
Craig and Lee discuss the new renovations to the Saks Fifth Avenue store in downtown Toronto, which looks different after several concessions closed earlier this year. Women's shoes relocated to the main floor and something could be in the works as store hours have been reduced for the three Canadian Saks locations.
This week Craig and Lee discuss the Vancouver luxury retail market including upcoming changes. While downtown Vancouver has dominated in terms of luxury retail offerings, two landlords are building malls that will also target luxury brands and may split the market into three separate luxury retail nodes that could have an impact on the region for years to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.