The Top Canadian Retail News Stories of 2014
Time flies when you’re having fun… and shopping! As 2014 comes to an end, we’re rounding up all of our top Canadian retail news stories that were made popular by our readers and you! From the city we live in and love getting a shout-out from the fashion Bible to retail openings and closures – here are all of the top Canadian retail news stories that topped the charts.
Canada’s largest open-air outlet mall opens today in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. The Outlet Collection at Niagara boasts 102 stores spanning a total of 520,000 square feet, including several retailers new to Canada. It’s the first ‘pure’ outlet mall built by Ivanhoé Cambridge. Read More.
Mississauga’s Square One Shopping Centre will become North America’s only mall to feature both a luxury anchor and a Walmart store. A 120,000 square foot Holt Renfrew flagship is scheduled to open in the mall in the spring of 2016 and as far as we’re aware, the mall’s 225,000 square foot Walmart Supercentre will continue to operate. Read more.
Recently Toronto fashion boutique Eton of Sweden has stirred up some major trouble for a window display that clearly has strong slavery associations. If you haven’t seen the questionable display, the front window features two nooses hanging over a men’s white shirt in a suitcase surrounded by a field of cotton plants. Read More.
At StyleDemocracy we’re always on the hunt for the best prices and discounts however, we’ve recently discovered that two popular deal websites have recently filed for bankruptcy and are offering questionable coupons that merchants cannot accept. Read More.
Sporty chic may be in for the Spring/Summer 2014 season but the fuzzy, embellished tracksuits you coveted during your teen years in the 2000s are out. Last month, we reported that parent company Kate Spade Inc. announced the closure of all Juicy Couture storefronts in Canada. Read More.
The Toronto Eaton Centre is now officially Canada’s second-largest mall. Yesterday, The Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) completed the sale of its Toronto Queen Street flagship store (and adjacent office tower) to Cadillac Fairview for $650 million. Read More.
A woman became trapped in a Downtown Toronto Hudson’s Bay store after it closed Wednesday evening. Emily Keeler had been shopping at the Yonge and Bloor Hudson’s Bay store when she discovered that the store had been closed and she could not get out. Read More.
In case you haven’t heard, Toronto is home to the second coolest neighbourhood in the world. Vogue(AKA the fashion bible) has placed Toronto’s West Queen West amongst 14 other neighbourhoods on a list of the 15 hippest districts across the globe. Read More.
Whoa! We’re pretty impressed with Target Canada‘s devotion to keeping Canadian customers engaged. If you’ve been keeping up with retail news, you’ll know that Canadians have not been impressed with the American retailer’s launch into Canada. Read More.
Nordstrom has delayed opening Nordstrom Rack stores in Canada until 2017. Target’s struggles in Canada are partly to blame. Sources relayed this information to us in early March, and it’s now confirmed by the Globe & Mail via an interview with a Nordstrom spokesperson. Read More.