Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Toronto’s Rosedale Area to Feature Unique Retail Component

A former Staples store, which once hosted TV shows Front Page Challenge and Mr. Dressup, will be redeveloped into a stunning residential building with unique commercial space at its base.

Walmart Adding MediSpas to Canadian Stores with Jack Nathan Partnership

The mega retailer will add MediSpa services to its Canadian stores including botox, laser therapy, anti-aging, face and body skin tightening, PRP therapies, hair loss and joint pain.

Special Edition 28: Experts Peter Woolford and Stephen O’Keefe on How Retail is Changing and Where it’s Going

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Peter Woolford (President of Clairmark Consulting Ltd.) and Stephen O'Keefe (President of Bottom Line Matters). Craig, Peter and Stephen discuss the retail awakening -- consumers are changing and retailers need to adapt.

Private COVID-19 PCR Testing Arrives at Small-Town Alberta Pharmacies in Under-Serviced Areas

The goal is to serve smaller communities and rural areas that otherwise lack access to some services.
Interior of CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Cadillac Fairview Launches 1st of-its-Kind Easy Return System for Shoppers at...

The partnership with ReturnBear facilitates returning items from multiple retailers at once at a single drop-off location.
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BRIEF: Golden Goose Opens 1st Store, David Rocco Opening Yorkville Wine...

Other News: Victoria's Secret closing more Canadian stores, Birks launches luxury brand Tudor watches, survey looks at female entrepreneurs.
Exterior of Aesop store on Toronto's Queen Street West. Image: Aesop

Aesop Expanding Canadian Store Operations with Multiple Storefronts Over 12 Months

The brand could open as many as five Canadian boutiques this year amid an ongoing expansion that includes new markets.
Exterior of The Shops At Aura which is currently in the process of major change. Photo: Dustin Fuhs

Canadian Retail 2020 Winners and Losers: Ed Strapagiel Analysis

Strapagiel provides his yearly analysis of Canadian retail sales data from StatsCan.

Season 3, Episode 7: Holt Renfrew Bloor Overhaul Revealed, Downtown Montreal...

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.

Photo Tour: The Ever-Changing Sherwood Park Mall in Sherwood Park, Alberta

The shopping centre in suburban Edmonton has seen new tenants replace old ones after the demise of Target in Canada.
A quiet College Street West in Toronto in January 2021. Photo: Dustin Fuhs

Brick-and-Mortar Will Continue to Be Critical for Retail in Canada Post-Pandemic:...

The industry expert and former head of retail at Ivanhoé Cambridge conceptualizes a future where experiential physical retail will be harmonious with digital channels.
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BRIEF: Daiso Opening 1st Corporate Store in Canada, Montecristo Jewellers Opening...

Other News: Grocer Rabba expands Paramount Fine Foods partnership, RW&CO celebrates entrepreneurship, UofT startup launches new shoe sizing technology.
Elle's Closet

How an Independent Fashion Retailer in a Small Alberta Town Is...

Elle’s Closet’s social media and web strategy resulted in customer acquisition well beyond just the local community.

Special Edition 27: The Future of Ecommerce and Digital Retail with...

An off-schedule podcast discussion with David Nagy, Founder of Calgary-based eCommerce Canada. Craig and David discuss the eCommerce marketplace, challenges, and the pitfalls new entrants will encounter competing online.
Wetaskiwin Mall. Photo: Google Images

How a Shopping Centre in Wetaskiwin Is Being Repurposed Amid a...

The shopping centre property strategy involves shifting gears to a mix of uses beyond just retail.
Renovated Holt Renfrew facade on Bloor Street. Photo: Doublespace Photography

Holt Renfrew Unveils Overhauled Mink Mile Flagship Facade and Main Floor...

The luxury department store’s ‘mothership’ has seen the launch of several impressive new concession boutiques as the flagship sees an incredible transformation.
Rendering of the newly-renovated Hudson's Bay store and office building extension. Rendering: Menkes Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux

Downtown Montreal Hudson’s Bay Store Redevelopment Renderings and Plans Revealed

The store’s retail space will be downsized and renovated while a new office tower is added at the back end of the store.
Online shopping

How the Pandemic Has Changed Consumer Expectations While Accelerating Ecommerce in...

An expert says that online retail can only grow so much amid an over-saturation of new businesses.
Shopify tracking technology shown on smartphone device. Photo: Shopify

3 Ways to Add Tracking to Product Orders

Customers want responsive tracking so they know where their items are every step of the way.

DX3 Canada Conference 10th Anniversary Edition: March 2-5

The highly-anticipated digital conference, which will be online this year, is welcoming registrants.

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web For March 2, 2021

Holt Renfrew launches campaign with Jordan Alexander, Walmart ghost kitchens, Montreal landlord defends 75% rent increase for bookstore, Portage Place redevelopment in Winnipeg in jeopardy, and other news.

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Tim Hortons' 'Roll Up The Rim' Ditches The Rim, Goes All Digital. https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/tim-hortons-roll-up-to-win_ca_602bc7adc5b6d667582f7e23

7-Eleven Canada working on in-store 'consumption areas' for beer and wine. https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/7-eleven-canada-working-store-212616581.html

Why small businesses say they need Ottawa's help to get some relief on credit card fees https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/credit-card-fees-online-pandemic-small-business-1.5905596?cmp=rss

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Special Edition 28: Experts Peter Woolford and Stephen O’Keefe on How Retail is Changing and Where it’s Going

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Peter Woolford (President of Clairmark Consulting Ltd.) and Stephen O'Keefe (President of Bottom Line Matters). Craig, Peter and Stephen discuss the retail awakening -- consumers are changing and retailers need to adapt.

Season 3, Episode 7: 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.

Special Edition 27: The Future of Ecommerce and Digital Retail with David Nagy of eCommerce Canada

An off-schedule podcast discussion with David Nagy, Founder of Calgary-based eCommerce Canada. Craig and David discuss the eCommerce marketplace, challenges, and the pitfalls new entrants will encounter competing online.

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

Special Edition 26: Growing a Small Business, Loa Skin Targets Canadian Retailers

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Tyler Yang, Chief Executive Officer at Vancouer-based Loa Skin. Craig and Tyler discuss the enterprise that he and his business partner, Spencer Angeltvedt, have expanded focusing on skincare with plans to expand the product into retailers in Canada.

BRIEF: Golden Goose Opens 1st Store, David Rocco Opening Yorkville Wine Bar

Other News: Victoria's Secret closing more Canadian stores, Birks launches luxury brand Tudor watches, survey looks at female entrepreneurs.

BRIEF: Daiso Opening 1st Corporate Store in Canada, Montecristo Jewellers Opening in Vancouver’s ‘Luxury Zone’

Other News: Grocer Rabba expands Paramount Fine Foods partnership, RW&CO celebrates entrepreneurship, UofT startup launches new shoe sizing technology.

BRIEF: All National Sports Stores Shutting, Off-Price Retailer Century 21 Looks to Enter Canada

Other News: Costco shuts in-store photo departments, grocery banners merge into Pattison Food Group, Amazon climate pledge grows, former Hard Candy Gym space comes to market in Toronto.

BRIEF: Diptyque to Enter Canada with Stores, Prada Opens Montreal Women’s Boutique

Other News: Uniqlo announces 2nd Montreal store opening date, Brioni exiting Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, Hudson's Bay shuttering at Oakridge Centre.

BRIEF: FREYWILLE Exits Canada, All Restaurants Shut at Aura at College Park

Other News: Open Table supports restaurants, video tool available for retailers, Volkswagen launches digital sustainability campaign.

MALL TOURS

Photo Tour: The Ever-Changing Sherwood Park Mall in Sherwood Park, Alberta

The shopping centre in suburban Edmonton has seen new tenants replace old ones after the demise of Target in Canada.

Retail Photo Tour: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver

Tour the architecturally unique outdoor shopping centre which will see a third phase after opening in 2015.

Photo Tour: Big Changes and New Retailers at Avalon Mall in St. John’s, Newfoundland

The leading shopping centre in Newfoundland is seeing exciting new tenants as part of beautiful expansion/renovation that has created one of the most attractive malls in Canada.

Photo Tour: West Edmonton Mall Phase 3 and Phase 4 During COVID-19 (December 2020)

Retail Insider and Best Edmonton Mall take readers on a tour of the newest sections of North America’s largest shopping centre.

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