"The Weekly" Podcast

Podcast [The Weekly]: Disney to Close All Stores in Canada

This week, Craig and Dustin discuss Disney's plans to close all of its Canadian stores. Retail Insider reported on the development on Monday after receiving confirmation from multiple reliable sources.

Podcast [The Weekly]: Lockdowns, Nordstrom Launches Dover Street Market, Cartier Reno, Gucci in Edmonton, La Vie En Rose Expansion

This week, Craig and Lee discuss Ontario’s latest lockdowns, Nordstrom’s launching Dover Street Market in Canada, Toronto’s Cartier renovations on Bloor, West Edmonton Mall’s Gucci opening and the continued expansion of retailer La Vie en Rose.

Podcast [The Weekly]: Club Monaco Bloor Shutters, Food Hall Opening

This week, Craig and Lee discuss Club Monaco’s Bloor Street departure in Toronto and Canadian food hall/grocery announcements. The 25 year run for Club Monaco has ended in the iconic building on Toronto’s Bloor Street and two food announcements are discussed for Red Deer Alberta and Vancouver.

Podcast [The Weekly]: Holt Renfrew Bloor Overhaul Revealed, Downtown Montreal Bay Flagship Redevelopment

This week, Craig and Lee discuss the completion of the facade and two retail levels at Holt Renfrew's Mink Mile flagship store in Toronto, as well as the redevelopment of the massive Hudson's Bay department store in downtown Montreal.

Season 3, Episode 6: Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Continue to Expand in Canada Despite Pandemic [Podcast]

Craig and Lee discuss how increased leasing activity, including new stores for Diptique, EQ3 and Uniqlo signal confidence in physical retail

Season 3, Episode 5: Canadian Luxury Retail Forecast for 2021 [Podcast]

This week, Craig & Lee discuss the potential luxury retail growth across Canada for 2021, including new standalone stores as well as in multi-brand retailers. Despite the pandemic, sales have been strong for luxury brands in Canada over the course of the past year.

Season 3, Episode 4: J.Crew Exits Canada and Dozens of Starbucks Close this Week

This week, Craig & Lee are joined by fellow team member, Dustin Fuhs, to discuss the Canada-wide closures of all J.Crew stores as well as the significant reduction of Starbucks locations nationwide.

Season 3, Episode 3: Kiehl’s and Godiva Shutting Stores, LL.Bean and APM Monaco Expanding

Craig & Lee discuss store closures including Kiehl’s and Godiva chocolate, as well as expansions for L.L.Bean and APM Monaco.

Season 3, Episode 2: Barneys Cancels Canada Plans, Big Changes for Malls

This week, Craig & Lee discuss the disappointing news of Barneys New York not coming to Canada as planned, significant shopping centre changes for 2021, as well as a discussion about the West Edmonton Mall photo tours released by Retail Insider this week.

Season 3, Episode 1: Changes Coming to Toronto and Vancouver Luxury Retail Districts

This week Craig & Lee return for 2021 and discuss Vancouver's Alberni Street "Luxury Zone" and Toronto's Bloor Street "Mink Mile" for recent announcements of openings/closures.

Special Edition 19: Oakridge Shopping Centre [Mall Tour]

An off-schedule podcast touring the Oakridge Shopping Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, in September 2020, prior to its shutdown for an incredible redevelopment. Craig and Lee discuss what’s happening at Oakridge in a tour showcasing what’s open and what has closed recently in preparation for the construction.

215: GUCCI Opening in Edmonton, HBC’s The Room Adds Menswear

This week Craig & Lee talk about Gucci opening a standalone store in West Edmonton Mall and HBC’s The Room shifting strategy by adding menswear in the Vancouver location.

Park Royal Shopping Centre [Mall Tour]

An off-schedule podcast touring the Park Royal Shopping Centre in West Vancouver, British Columbia, in September 2020. Craig and Lee discuss what’s happening at Park Royal in a tour showcasing what’s open and what has closed recently.

214: Oakridge Centre Stores Shutting Until 2024 for Incredible Redevelopment [Exclusive]

This week Craig & Lee break exclusive details on the Oakridge Shopping Centre retail transformation in Vancouver, British Columbia. The discussion touches upon tenant closures, accelerated construction schedule and what the final community will look like for Vancouver. Some history about the centre is also discussed, including the enclosure of the mall in 1984 which saw Woodward’s relocate its flagship to Oakridge, as well as Canada’s first Abercrombie & Fitch as it once was in decades past.

213: Brands Opening Stores & Ann Taylor, Mendocino and Swimco Filings/Closures

This week Craig & Lee talk about brands opening stores including Dyson and Canada Goose, why experiential retail is needed for physical stores to survive, as well as filings and store closures for Ann Taylor, Mendocino and Swimco.

212: Summer 2020 Wave of Permanent Store Closures in Canada

This week Craig & Lee talk about the latest retail casualties which have begun closing stores as a result of or exacerbated by COVID-19. The discussion included independent retailers, national brands and international retailers that are shutting some or all stores over the next couple of months.

211: Discussing Holt Renfrew Ogilvy in Montreal as it Opens All Floors

This week Craig & Lee talk about the opening of the massively renovated Holt Renfrew Ogilvy luxury department store in Montreal. The discussion flows through the building from main floor luxury brand concession hall through to footwear, jewellery and upstairs to the personal shopping and Tudor Hall on the fifth floor.

210: Luxury Brand CHANEL Opens New Downtown Calgary Boutique

This week Craig & Lee talk about the new CHANEL boutique in Calgary. The discussion touches upon the history of CHANEL boutiques over the past decades, Holt Renfrew’s positioning of the concession and the strategy involved by the luxury retailer.

209: Bankruptcy Filings (Bestseller, Comark, SAIL) & Canada Goose Focusing on Own Stores

This week Craig & Lee talk about the recent bankruptcy protection filing announcements and Canada Goose’s latest announcement.

208: COVID-19: Stores Begin Reopening in Canada, Some Closing Permanently

This week Craig & Lee talk about the COVID-19 re-opening retail announcements as well as the closure announcements. Reopenings included IKEA, Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew while the closures ranged from Victoria Secret (L Brands), Reitmans, Stokes and Nando’s.

207: COVID-19 2 Month Review, HBC Closing Downtown Edmonton Store

This week Craig & Lee review the COVID-19 articles and HBC’s closure of their downtown Edmonton store.

COVID-19 and its Early Impact on Canadian Retailers and What’s to Come

This week Craig & Lee talk about COVID-19 and the early impacts on the Canadian retailers and landlords.

205: Canada Goose Exits Simons, Victoria’s Secret Closures & Pier 1 Imports departures

This week, Craig & Lee talk about Canada Goose pulling out of La Maison Simons, Victoria’s Secret quietly closing some of its Canadian locations, and Pier 1 Imports closing all of its Canadian stores.

204: Yorkdale Shopping Centre, Louis Vuitton Flagship, ‘Paul’ Bakery, Taschen and Holt Renfrew Restaurant Re-Rebrand

This week Craig & Lee talk about Canada’s top mall announcement, Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre to open Louis Vuitton flagship, French Bakery ‘Paul’ and German book publisher ‘Taschen’ coming to Vancouver and Holt Renfrew re-rebranding their restaurants nationally.

203: Canadian Store Closures in Early 2020

This week Craig & Lee talk about the over 700 Canadian retail locations that will shutter early on this year as well as some of the retailers affected.

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