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Urban Grocery Stores Squeezing Into Tight Spaces

It didn’t take long for customers to realize they weren’t walking into a conventional grocery store when the Organic Garage’s newest location opened in Toronto’s Liberty Village neighbourhood last month. With just 13,000 square feet of space situated in the basement of a 100-year-old brick-and-beam building, Organic Garage’s fourth store is very different to a… View Article

Selina Tao
November 27, 2018

Bloor Street ‘Mink Mile’ Update: Transition Amid Retail Transformation

Toronto’s famed ‘Mink Mile’, representing a portion of the Bloor Street West roughly between Yonge Street to the east and Avenue Road to the west, is seeing substantial changes with significant new construction and new retailers changing the face of the area. New development is having something of a ‘snowball effect’ in the neighbourhood, including… View Article

Selina Tao
August 18, 2018

All Birds Opens 1st Standalone Brick-and Mortar Store in Canada

San Francisco-based footwear brand Allbirds has opened in a retail space on one of the world’s trendiest areas — Toronto’s ‘West Queen West’, as the brand expands its Canadian presence after opening a Canadian online store in March of this year as well as two pop-ups at Nordstrom. The Queen Street pop-up is being used… View Article

Selina Tao
May 30, 2018

List of International Retailers that Entered Canada in 2017

About 50 international retail brands entered Canada by opening stores in 2017, which could be a record. As a comparison, we counted 21 brands that entered Canada in 2016, 28 in 2015, and 20 in 2014 when we began counting. Granted, the 2017 list of retailers generally occupy smaller footprints than some retailers that have entered… View Article

Selina Tao
January 5, 2018