Special Edition 20: Small Businesses Struggling in Canada: Interview

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Darryl Julott, Managing Lead of Digital Main Street. Craig and Darryl discuss the challenges small retailer and other businesses are facing in Canada, what’s being done and what the future might hold.

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.

Special Edition 18: 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.

Special Edition 17: The Future of Tech at CF Malls

An off-schedule podcast discussion with Jose Ribau from EVP Digital & Innovation at Cadillac Fairview. Mr. Ribau discusses Ravel by CF and the technology initiatives underway, including the LiVE by CF app and CF’s recent CF Guest List offering.

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 COVID-19 or exacerbated by it. The discussion flows through Canadian, nationwide retailers and then international retailers that have been affected.

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.

Special Edition 16: BarterPay Targets Retailers in Canada with Idle Inventory

An off-schedule podcast discussion with John Porter, Founder & CEO of BarterPay. Mr. Porter discusses the BarterPay community which chooses to leverage under-performing assets in the BarterPay network for products & services that offset real cash costs.

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Brief: Mendocino Shuts All Stores, Okaïdi Canada Files

Other news: Gap closing most mall stores, co-working space replaces Shinola store, Star Bédard rebrands, Nobis gets charitable.
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Grocery Supplier Fees Harm Food Manufacturers and Independent Grocers: Expert

Sylvain Charlebois says that a code of practice is required to save the industry, and if nothing is done the consumer will also suffer.

L.L.Bean Continues Canadian Expansion with 1st Toronto Store [Photos]

The iconic US-based retailer is looking to expand into new Canadian markets coast-to-coast.

How Twin Brothers from Western Canada Founded 2 Rapidly-Growing Direct-to-Consumer Home Furnishings Brands

The entrepreneurs discuss building growth, taking risks, and where retail is going at an unprecedented time.

Cadillac Fairview Innovates with Virtual Food Court Experience Platform

The new CF Eats aims to help food vendors in the landlord’s malls grow revenue at a challenging time.