Podcasts

202: Holt Renfrew Exits Downtown Edmonton

This week Craig & Lee talk about Holt Renfrew exiting downtown Edmonton, including two interviews with local Edmontonians on what this means for the city.

201: Forever 21 Re-Enters Canada and the Future of Harry Rosen

This week Craig & Lee talk about Forever 21 coming back to Canada in an e-Commerce format and the future of Harry Rosen menswear chain.

200: Top 10 Most Read Articles from 2019

This week Craig & Lee recap the top 10 most-read articles for Retail Insider in 2019.

116: Apple MegaStore Opens, Brenton & Co, St. John and Daniel Wellington

This week Craig & Lee talk about the opening of Apple’s massive store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, bespoke tailoring trend at Brenton & Co, the opening of the St. John flagship on Toronto’s Mink Mile and watchmaker Daniel Wellington’s entrance into the Canadian marketplace with plans for a national expansion.

115: Bentley Leathers, Läderach, Ted Baker, Hublot and Suitsupply

This week Craig & Lee talk about Bentley Leathers’ exiting court protection with plans to close 90 stores, Swiss chocolate brand Läderach’s entry into Canada, Ted Baker’s unique new Yorkdale flagship, Hublot’s 1st Canadian corporate store, and Dutch suit maker Suitsupply’s cross-Canada expansion that will include a Vancouver flagship as well as Nordstrom-based concessions.

114: Ladurée Downtown Toronto, Hammam Spa at Bayview Village and Summerhill Market’s Store Expansion

This week Craig & Lee talk about the opening of Ladurée in downtown Toronto, the Hammam Spa by Céla at Bayview Village and the third Summerhill Market opening in Toronto.

Special Edition 3: Interview with Lori Bacon, Owner/CEO of Swimco

Lori Bacon discusses the challenges and opportunities of being a multi-store retailer in Canada, including how a customer-centric approach makes consumers comfortable being “half-naked”.

113: Williams Sonoma and Aéropostale

This week Craig & Lee talk about the Williams Sonoma exiting Quebec and Aéropostale’s re-entrance into Canada.

112: KitKat Chocolatory, Food Hall Phenomenon, Holts/Tokyo Smoke, Nordstrom/Max Mara and Sport Experts

This week Craig & Lee talk about the Kit Kat’s highly experiential retail concept, the rise of the food hall phenomenon in Canada, Holt Renfrew's collaboration with Tokyo Smoke, Nordstrom's collaboration with Max Mara and Sport Experts’ latest store opening in Quebec.

Special Edition 2: RI on Location at H&M x Giambattista Valli Launch and Toronto Eataly pre-opening tour

An off-schedule podcast focusing on Retail Insider’s visits to a brand collaboration launch for H&M x Giambattista Valli as well as a pre-opening tour of Toronto’s Eataly. The Weekly podcast returns on Friday.

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