Canadian Footwear Brand Maguire Opens First Toronto Store

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New Maguire store on Dundas Street West in Toronto. Photo: Niamh Barry.

At a time when many brands and retailers are downsizing and closing stores as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Montreal-based footwear brand Maguire is expanding with a new Toronto store and growing online sales.

To read the full article on Maguire, visit Retail Insider.

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Leslieville Flea Adopts Virtual Approach to Markets

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PHOTO: LESLIEVILLE FLEA.

Curated Toronto flea market Leslieville Flea has shifted into the digital world, embracing virtual markets as the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily halted its in-person community events.

Read the full article on Leslieville Flea at Retail Insider.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Accelerating Retail Trends in Canada: Expert

The global COVID-19 pandemic is creating an acceleration of trends underway in the retail sector, with innovators being rewarded and undiversified businesses struggling more than ever.

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QUEEN ST WEST, TORONTO. PHOTO: RETAIL INSIDER

Read the full article about the impacts of COVID-19 on Canada’s retail industry at Retail Insider.

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Toronto-based Healthy Food Chain ‘Calii Love’ Prepares to Expand

Toronto-based healthy, fast-casual chain Calii Love has announced a new partnership with franchise development company Fransmart, as the brand strives to expand across Canada and internationally.

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Photo: Calii Love.

To read the full article on Calii Love, visit Retail Insider.

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Canadian Fashion Brand ‘SOIA & KYO’ Opens 1st Permanent Storefront as it Launches Retail Expansion

Popular Montreal-based outerwear brand SOIA & KYO has opened its first permanent store and has plans to open many more locations as it strives to create a stronger brand experience for its customers.

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New SOIA & KYO location at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

Read the full article about SOIA & KYO at Retail Insider.

 

 

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Intimates Brand ‘Knix’ Opens 1st Physical Stores

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New Knix store on Queen Street West in Toronto. Photo: Knix.

Toronto-based intimates brand Knix, known for its leak-proof underwear, wireless bras, and bold marketing campaigns, is beginning to expand into physical stores after several years of selling products online only.

To read the full article about Knix, visit Retail Insider.

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Toronto Clothing Brand ‘Call & Response’ Attracts Celebrity Customers

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After spending many years under the radar, Toronto-based clothing design firm Call & Response has begun to move into the spotlight. A popular label among high profile musicians, Call & Response has quietly developed a global reputation for its edgy hand-made clothing, purely through word of mouth.

To read the full article on Call & Response, visit Retail Insider.

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Australian Fashion Brand ‘Ever New’ Opens 2 New Canadian Stores

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Ever New’s store at Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga opened on April 12th.  PHOTO BY JESSILYNN WONG PHOTOGRAPHY 

Australia-based women’s fashion brand Ever New is expanding its presence in the Canadian market, with two new stores opening in the Greater Toronto Area this spring.

Read the full article on Ever New at Retail Insider.

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Flexible Workspace Company LAUFT Opens 1st Mall Location

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A new flexible workspace startup called LAUFT has opened its first location at Upper Canada Mall in Newmarket, north of Toronto, and is pursuing an ambitious growth strategy which will eventually see a vast network of locations across Canada and around the world.

To read the full article on LAUFT, visit Retail Insider.

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Gluten-Free Bakery Chain Sorelle & Co. Expands

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Niche Toronto-based bakery chain Sorelle & Co. is continuing to grow—just two years after making its debut—with a new location that recently opened in Etobicoke.

Read the full article on Sorelle & Co. on Retail Insider.

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