(With extensive comment from Retail Insider's Craig Patterson) -- Owners are investing hundreds of millions into properties, adding more food and beverage options and “lifestyle” offerings, like gyms. Online shopping is growing, major department store chains, like Sears, are struggling, while others, like Target, have disappeared from the Canadian market. You might expect malls to be on their deathbed, but mall owners in Montreal are investing millions of dollars into renovations and store openings can still draw lineups. “It’s very individual,” said Craig Patterson, the founder and editor-in-chief of Retail Insider, an online industry publication. “You’ve got some centres which seem to be doing better than ever.”...
Dixie Outlet Mall is about to welcome the first Nike Clearance Store in Canada. The store will be the mall's newest anchor retailer and it'll open sometime in October.
Work is underway on a $10 million project incorporating an expanded IGA store, retail space and residential units on Chemin Sainte Foy.
The Hudson's Bay Company has confirmed it will remove a plaque commemorating Confederate States' president Jefferson Davis from its flagship downtown Montreal store after some residents complained.