The Future of Commercial Real Estate in Canada – A Brighter Horizon

Commercial real estate has long been one of the cornerstones of Canada’s economy. Spanning from urban centers to suburban hubs, commercial real estate contributes to economic expansion, job creation and community revitalization across Canada. As we progress further into the 21st century, commercial real estate in Canada appears to hold great promise – driven by innovation, sustainability and changing market dynamics. Before exploring its future, we must understand its present state – commercial real estate in Canada is comprised of office buildings, retail spaces, industrial warehouses and multi-family residential units. Over recent years, the market has undergone profound changes due to technological innovations, changes in consumer behaviour, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Technology has profoundly transformed commercial real estate operations, from Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data analytics and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions that revolutionized property management practices to improving tenant experiences and investment strategies. AI-powered predictive analytics allow investors to make more informed decisions; pandemic outbreaks caused rapid shifts in consumer behaviours within retail; E-commerce’s rapid expansion put enormous strain on logistics centers while remote working practices emerged that altered office usage and design. Meanwhile, COVID-19 left its mark on commercial real estate through lockdowns and social distancing measures, prompting temporary store closings and decreased office occupancy, yet also inspiring innovation among businesses adopting flexible work arrangements and strengthening digital presences.

There has been a dramatic impact on global business operations, including Canada, due to the COVID-19 pandemic; a notable development has been the widespread use of remote work arrangements. As the pandemic forced businesses to reconsider traditional work models, remote work became an industry trend which still prevails. As a result of this trend, office space demand has dramatically changed, especially among smaller tenants who have shifted to remote working. Before remote work became widespread among progressive companies, it was often seen as an added benefit or flexible arrangement offered to employees. Although its rapid expansion as an effective means for maintaining social distancing measures and meeting lockdown requirements increased its adoption rates. Many businesses across different sectors have realized they can operate effectively outside the traditional office environment, leading to an irreversible shift in workplace culture towards hybrid models that combine remote collaboration with in-office work. Remote work also had an unanticipated impact on Canada’s commercial real estate market by significantly altering office demand with reduced physical workspace requirements and companies’ assessments of their needs for office space.

Small office spaces under 3,000 square feet have been particularly hard hit. Small businesses, startups, and professional services firms that typically occupy these spaces have taken to working remotely instead. This shift has led to an increase in lease cancellations and a reduction in new lease agreements among smaller offices, thanks to flexible work arrangements like remote work that enable these firms to reduce rental and utility expenses while redirecting resources toward key areas like technology or employee wellbeing. Companies with offices that continue to employ hybrid work models are adapting their spaces in order to facilitate flexible hybrid models by decreasing their physical footprint and creating collaborative workspaces designed for collaboration rather than daily employee usage. Demand has shifted away from traditional office layouts towards adaptable spaces that accommodate diverse work styles. Meanwhile, permanent small office space occupancy levels have fallen due to coworking’s rising popularity, yet this shortcoming can still be partially compensated for through coworking space offerings. Coworking spaces provide flexible lease options and are perfect for companies needing occasional office use without making long-term lease commitments. Popular with freelancers, small businesses, and even larger organizations in search of satellite office locations. Another trend to observe is an increasing interest in suburban and rural office spaces, given how remote work reduces the necessity to remain within city centers. Due to less expensive office options outside urban centers, some companies are exploring these as viable solutions. This trend also serves the needs of employees who prefer working closer to home and avoiding long commutes, with its impact being seen across Canada’s office space demand over time. Office demand will depend heavily on the continued adoption of remote and hybrid work models; as businesses adapt further, real estate markets could experience further evolution; it is imperative for real estate developers and property managers to remain agile, offering flexible lease terms while creating spaces which can easily be reconfigured or renovated as needs shift over time.

Future trends for Canadian commercial real estate could include several key trends that should shape its direction, reflecting adaptation to new realities as well as proactive approaches taken towards meeting emerging challenges.

The traditional office model is changing, as evidence from the pandemic revealed remote work’s viability in many industries, leading to hybrid work models combining remote work with in-office work, offering employees flexibility while still having physical workspace for meetings or collaboration. Flexible offices such as coworking spaces or serviced offices have emerged to meet this growing trend by providing short-term leases with adaptable layouts designed specifically to cater to startups, small businesses, remote workers, etc. WeWork and Regus have taken notice and offer customizable solutions designed specifically to fit specific business requirements.

Sustainability has emerged as an imperative in commercial real estate, with green building practices designed to mitigate their environmental impact through energy conservation, water reuse and use of sustainable materials. Canada is at the forefront of this movement, spearheading initiatives such as LEED certification that promote environmentally responsible construction projects. Green buildings provide several advantages over conventional properties, including lower operating costs, improved indoor air quality and greater tenant satisfaction. Furthermore, eco-conscious tenants and investors are drawn to green properties, which increase their marketability. The Canadian government encourages sustainable building practices through incentives and regulations, with initiatives such as the Canada Green Building Strategy aiming at lowering greenhouse gas emissions from buildings by encouraging energy-saving designs and retrofits.

Technological integration is revolutionizing commercial real estate into an efficient, user-friendly sector. Smart buildings equipped with Internet of Things devices and automation systems optimize energy consumption while improving security measures and increasing comfort levels in tenants. Smart buildings utilize sensors and data analytics to track, control and monitor various systems such as lighting, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning), security and surveillance. Motion detectors may even adjust lighting depending on occupancy levels to reduce energy waste and maximize savings. Predictive maintenance systems help identify issues before they turn into expensive problems, while technology enhances tenant experience – mobile apps allow tenants to control building systems, access amenities and communicate directly with property management – providing increased convenience and personalization that contributes to greater tenant retention and satisfaction.

Urbanization remains at the core of Canadian commercial real estate demand. Yet its nature is evolving: mixed-use developments combining residential, commercial and recreational spaces are increasingly sought-after by developers. Mixed-use developments create vibrant and walkable communities where residents can live, work, and play together in harmony. Such developments reduce commute times significantly while benefitting local businesses and improving overall quality of life. Toronto and Vancouver both feature mixed-use districts, such as Canary District and Oakridge Centre, which integrate residential units, retail space and public amenities into one complex. Transit-oriented development (TOD), on the other hand, involves creating dense mixed-use communities near public transit hubs; TOD projects aim to reduce car dependence while mitigating congestion issues and supporting sustainable urban growth.

E-commerce has spurred significant demand for industrial real estate, especially logistics and distribution centers. As online shopping becomes more commonplace, retailers need efficient supply chains as well as strategically situated warehouses to meet consumer expectations for speedy deliveries. Last-mile delivery, which involves transporting product from its distribution center directly to consumers, is an integral component of e-commerce logistics. Industrial properties located near customers are highly sought-after to facilitate quicker and cost-efficient deliveries; innovations like automated warehouses, drone deliveries, and autonomous vehicles have revolutionized the logistics landscape. Companies invest heavily in advanced technologies in order to streamline operations and enhance efficiency.

Commercial real estate in Canada may hold promise, yet its future faces a variety of obstacles that must be faced and met head-on in order to expand and innovate. Overcoming these difficulties offers ample opportunity for growth.

Economic insecurity resulting from fluctuations in interest rates and global trade dynamics has the potential to have an adverse impact on commercial real estate, yet this sector continues to adapt and find new avenues of growth despite these threats. Diversification can help mitigate economic risk; investors can invest across various property types and geographic locations in order to mitigate it effectively while targeting sectors with stable demand, such as healthcare or technology, which may provide further protection during an economic downturn.

Regulation changes at a federal, provincial, or municipal level can have significant ramifications on commercial real estate development and operations. Staying up-to-date on regulatory trends while engaging policymakers is vital in successfully navigating this incredibly complicated landscape of changes. Industry associations like Real Property Association of Canada (REALPAC) play a pivotal role in advocating policies which support growth and sustainability within commercial real estate development – through taking part in advocacy initiatives stakeholders can shape regulations which serve the industry at large.

Innovation and collaboration are central elements to commercial real estate’s future in Canada. Adopting cutting-edge technologies and sustainable practices while building relationships within the industry are effective strategies that commercial real estate can employ to navigate its unique set of hurdles. Cooperation among real estate developers, technology suppliers, government agencies and community groups can result in comprehensive solutions that benefit all. Public-private partnerships offer an efficient method for the construction of affordable housing and community infrastructure while investing in research and development (R&D), which drives innovation in construction methods, materials, and property management practices. Research and development initiatives may uncover innovative techniques for increasing energy efficiency, strengthening resilience and optimizing space usage. As the commercial real estate landscape shifts and professionals adapt, continuing education and training have become even more essential in this ever-evolving field. Programs designed around current trends, technological innovations and eco-friendly practices equip professionals with the skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving landscape.


Home Offices Investing in Commercial Real Estate | Secrets to Steady Cash Flow

Real estate analysts, wealth managers, family offices, and private investors increasingly see underperforming retail offices as viable investment options with significant potential to transform into cash flow streams and maximize returns through creative use of space. This trend reflects changing needs within cities as well as changing dynamics within commercial real estate markets. Repurposing low-value retail spaces into profitable entities is nothing new; however, its strategies and target uses have evolved with time. More investors are exploring merging smaller units together or turning these areas into shared professional offices, medical clinics, or legal complexes; such transformations not only bring financial rewards to investors but are also beneficial to communities by providing essential services while revitalizing aging commercial districts.

Real estate analysts play an integral part in helping investors make informed decisions when purchasing properties, by providing critical data and market analyses that allow investors to make educated choices. By studying trends such as property values, demographic shifts, economic indicators, and potential returns of investment for transformation properties they help identify areas likely to see increased demand and yield the greatest possible returns from investing. Wealth managers and family offices seek investments with both stability and growth potential in mind, which makes converting retail spaces to dynamic properties an excellent fit for this criteria. By turning underutilized shops into professional hubs or healthcare clinics, wealth managers and family offices can attain steady cash flows from rentals while at the same time realizing long-term capital appreciation due to the increased utility and attractiveness of these properties.

Private investors on the other hand tend to be more flexible and open to taking greater risk; often leading the charge with innovative uses for traditional spaces – for instance, converting an abandoned retail store into a shared workspace catering specifically to freelance and startup communities offers flexible lease terms in a collaborative atmosphere that are highly desirable in today’s market. Converting retail spaces into medical buildings has become an increasingly popular trend as demand for healthcare continues to surge with an aging population and rising health awareness among the general population. Conversion requires substantial renovation to comply with regulatory standards, but its long-term advantages both financially and socially outweigh these costs significantly. 

Conversely, transforming retail spaces into legal complexes provides a central hub for legal services that draws clients in consistently. Such complexes may house multiple law firms within them while offering shared amenities like conference rooms, libraries and reception services that make these ventures cost-effective for tenants while offering profitable investments to property owners. Shared professional spaces have also become highly desirable environments that foster an atmosphere of community and networking, both of which are greatly valued in the professional realm. Furthermore, property owners are able to charge extra rent for extra services like high-speed internet connectivity, administrative support staffing services and top of the line office equipment. Family offices investing in such properties serve as an asset diversifier while simultaneously contributing towards community development – fulfilling values associated with stewardship and legacy-building by significantly impacting local economies and societies in significant ways.

Investment in retail space conversion requires careful and strategic analysis of local markets, zoning laws and the requirements of potential tenants. Collaboration among city planners, architects, construction firms and property management companies ensure that transformed properties remain not only profitable but compliant and functional for potential occupants. Smart retial and office buildings have seen good success focusing on multi-tenant properties to maximize investor returns on their funds. They excel in picking prime spots where multiple tenants, such as stores, offices, or restaurants, come together, creating vibrant areas filled with activity while drawing in customers who contribute more revenue for property owners and creating steady cashflow streams for investors.

Family offices and private investors working with real estate development firms provide skilled teams capable of handling everything from daily operations and tenant needs management to upkeep shared spaces like parking lots and lobbies – essential aspects to ensure profitable investment returns for their investors.

Have multiple tenants can help spread out financial risk; should one space become vacant, income from other tenants may help cover some of it and cover for losses in one space alone. This benefit has proven invaluable for Family offices and private investors in Ontario in building strong, secure investment portfolios for their clients. Family offices and private investors together with property management take full advantage by cultivating a portfolio of tenants that not only coexist but also complement each other’s operations, for instance, by strategically placing coffee shops near office buildings to draw in foot traffic for both businesses. Such a symbiotic relationship makes the property more desirable among prospective tenants while increasing lease agreements’ lengthening duration; additionally, this strategy increases demographic appeal, which helps ensure consistent revenue flows even during economic downturns since different sectors will experience varied degrees of impact on revenue flow.

Firms today are adopting innovative technologies and sustainable practices in order to make their properties more appealing and efficient, such as adopting smart building technologies that improve energy efficiency and lower operational costs. Such measures have now become standard. These advancements not only attract environmentally aware tenants but can lead to significant cost savings over time – increasing the profitability of investments overall. Additionally, these practices increase the broader appeal of properties by making sure they stay competitive and desirable in an increasingly sustainable market. 



Navigating the Green Shift | Commercial Real Estate’s Role in a Sustainable Future

In Commercial Real Estate (CRE), sustainability initiatives and eco-friendly properties are not simply trending – they represent an essential step toward future-proofing the industry. Moving away from conventional notions of larger and better properties towards properties with sustainable features marks an incredible shift within CRE ethos. It underscores our urgent need to combat climate change, reduce carbon emissions and optimize energy use to create more eco-friendly properties in order to sustain our world for longer.

The Interconnection of Sustainable Solutions and CRE

Sustainable solutions and commercial real estate (CRE) share an intimate connection. According to the World Green Building Council, commercial properties account for an astounding 39% of global carbon emissions, underscoring CRE’s essential role in combatting climate change. No matter who invests or rents within large buildings – investor, tenant of such properties themselves or construction company leader- each person plays an essential part in creating sustainability solutions for future generations alike.

Advantages of Embracing Sustainability in CRE

Adopting sustainable practices in CRE can not only be ethically rewarding but can be financially strategic as well. By investing in energy-saving systems like LED lights, which lower electricity expenses while lengthening product lifespan and window tinting that lowers HVAC usage needs – sustainability truly has its rewards!

LED Lighting: A Bright Idea for Sustainability

LED lighting stands out as both cost-effective and eco-friendly, boasting long lifespans of over 70,000 hours compared to fluorescent tubes, which may only last 34,000. Plus, their lower energy use could result in major carbon emission reductions as well as energy cost savings.

Window Tinting: Cooling Costs Down

Window tinting in commercial properties is an efficient yet straightforward method of increasing energy efficiency. By reflecting sunlight away, window tinting reduces interior temperatures in buildings as well as air conditioning usage – cutting operational costs and carbon emissions simultaneously.

Tackling Climate Risk Through Energy-Efficient Infrastructure

Integrating energy-efficient systems into commercial properties has never been more critical, given climate change’s physical impacts and extreme weather events that drive operational costs up. By investing in resilient properties that use less energy than necessary to run efficiently and thereby help build sustainable futures for generations yet unborn, real estate firms can reduce risks while making contributions towards creating a lasting sustainability legacy for future generations.

Looking Ahead: The Future of Sustainable CRE

Over the coming decades, CRE will witness an increasing emphasis on sustainable development; meeting market demands greener properties while reporting carbon reductions transparently and adopting innovative technologies to further sustainability. Furthermore, as this sector evolves its attention will not solely focus on building sustainable properties but retrofitting existing buildings to comply with environmental standards as well.

Sustainability in commercial real estate (CRE) demands collaboration, innovation, and an unyielding dedication to change. By adopting sustainable practices, CRE can contribute significantly to climate change mitigation while simultaneously positioning themselves to thrive in an eco-conscious society. Now is the time for CRE industry players to recognize this imperative by taking small yet consistent actions towards making CRE more eco-friendly – creating positive impacts not just today but for generations yet to come!

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Best Space Use Models for CRE Properties During & After COVID19

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Due to COVID-19 health concerns, many businesses across Canada are operating at a limited capacity. Some provinces in the country, just this month, closed non-essential stores to prevent the further spread of the virus.

That accelerated the growth of online shopping, takeout orders and the need for more delivery service. Now retailers and CRE property owners are facing a more significant challenge – what to do with their empty or limited retail space?

Here are some of the best space-use models retailers are using right now.

Industrial is the new Retail. Retail is now Office. Restaurants are kitchens-only.

Mixed-use properties have always included retail, but now retail spaces themselves are becoming more mixed-use.

Not only are retail mall spaces converting to warehouse use, but retail centres are also welcoming office workers to help businesses with high workplace density. Many are turning their retail space into medical offices, research centres, daycare centres, self-service grocery stores, and more.

When it comes to food, people now mostly rely on delivery services and takeouts. Thus this is causing restaurants to make the switch to the ghost-kitchen model, where they only use the kitchen space to make food and prep food for delivery.

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2021 Looks Bright for the Canadian CRE Sector

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The Canadian CRE sector has been growing for years, managing to remain strong despite the ongoing pandemic. According to Andy Warren, a PwC real estate research director, Canada’s CRE executives are highly optimistic about 2021 as well.

In collaboration with Urban Land Institute (ULI), PwC conducted a survey on emerging real estate trends. Here are some of the most important findings from their report, which show that 2021 will be an excellent year for Canada’s CRE sector.


The Most Promising Commercial Real Estate Niche Assets

Canada’s most promising CRE niche assets include mixed-use commercial properties, single-family rentals, self-storage, life sciences, and production studios.

Mixed-use properties that combine retail with medical office, with traditional office or with housing will continue to thrive.

The single-family rental sector is expected to grow mostly because of the rise of remote work. People are looking for bigger properties to accommodate their home offices.

Many of those living in smaller multifamily and single-family homes are struggling with space, which is why the need for self-storage facilities is likely to grow in 2021.

Investing in life sciences will also remain strong next year, primarily due to the ongoing vaccine development for COVID-19.

Given the increasing demand for online streaming services, investing in production studios for TV and film will be quite profitable, too.


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Wal-Mart Canada Breaks into Vaughan Distribution Centre – Expected Completion: 2024

Walmart has been growing within Canada for a while now, consistently grabbing new commercial real estate “CRE” opportunities all over the country. With how Wal-Mart’s Canadian portfolio seems to grow every day, this is great news for their further growth. New brick-and-mortar and online stores are coming up out of the woodworks everywhere to bring the best experiences to customers.

The newest distribution centre, located in Vaughan, Ontario, is another store in the chain making up more than 400 stores Canada-wide.


Breaking Ground with Condor Properties

Condor Properties, a local Vaughan real estate developer has teamed up with Walmart Canada to make this happen. Condor Properties boasts more than 100 diverse real estate properties in the Toronto area and the surrounding towns and cities.

The ground-breaking ceremony for these two partners’ and their new 550,000 ft2 Vaughan distribution centre was just held in August 2020. The project is expected to provide hundreds of jobs not only when the building opens and retail positions are available, but also job opportunities for local construction workers to build the facility.

The target location is at 11110 Jane Street. Not so far from residential and shopping areas so customers will be able to shop for any food or merchandise their hearts desire. It’s estimated that over 70 million products will be on the shelves coming from over 3,000 renowned suppliers, which far exceeds any other Walmart store that Canada offers so far.

The CEO and president of Wal-Mart Canada, Horacio Barbeito, couldn’t help but express his excitement about the project during the ceremony in August, saying: “These are challenging times for everyone, but we are investing for growth because we believe in Ontario and Canada’s future are proud to do business in this great country.”

The project aims for their slated completion in 2024.


Other Wal-Mart Canada’s Investments

Wal-Mart isn’t just working on this new storefront, they are set up to build many other distribution centres all throughout Canada, and some of are already in the process of development.

One such example is the new centre in Surrey, British Columbia, another grand project that aims to provide much more of Wal-Mart’s products with its 300,000 square feet of space.

The Wal-Mart distribution centre though, like the one in Cornwall, Ontario; has new plans to move towards renovating it. The upcoming improved centre will have more automated systems to help with managing health and beauty products, general merchandise, apparel, and more.


Retail investment of $3.5 Billion will benefit Canada

Only about a month ago, Wal-Mart Canada announced its newest five-year investment plan that is seen to be worth a whopping $3.5 billion, this will help Canada grow and prosper even further.

One of the things included in the plan is constructing more distribution centres and working to upgrade more than 150 of the already existing facilities to upgrade the shopping experiences to Canadian consumers and make it better.

The brick-and-mortar stores will be upgraded and made to work much smarter with digitization, and also adding new bigger self-checkouts. They will also start to introduce much more merchandise pick-up services, as well as hybrid locations for both a faster pickup and delivery for everyone.

This isn’t all though, they have the goal of having stores employ robotics and computer vision cameras to reduce any touchpoints; which helps to increase efficiency and accuracy.



Canada, and particularly Ontario, offers great potential in developments within retail commercial real estate, and it’s being recognized by many investors such as Wal-Mart. As Wal-Mart’s Canadian continues to grow, all of Canada’s consumers will have a much more efficient, faster and enjoyable shopping experience – both online and offline in-store.

The retail company aims to also make full use of the newest and best technology to help enhance Canada’s growth, partnering with a number of high-tech companies in the country.

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Fast-Food Joints Eyeing The Canadian Market and All It’s Growth

What’s one thing that tourists and locals alike look for when they are out and about in the city? Food. Whether you are looking for something quick to eat or looking for an aesthetically pleasing meal, you will end up settling on a place to do so. Since food is such a popular medium for so many, major food chains have taken notice. Larger Canadian provinces such as Alberta and Ontario have become home or will become home to a plethora of major food chains that have seen success outside of the country. 


Chick-Fil-A is a well knowing fast-food joint across the United States, third-largest to be exact. The company plans to expand that success further by opening up 100 new locations across Canada. Toronto, Ontario saw the opening of the first Canadian Chick-Fil-A. Despite the controversy surrounding the fast-food joint, many waited in line for hours to get their hands on the menu items. 


Jollibee is an extremely popular fast-food joint originating from the Philippines. The food simultaneously acts as a comfort to those accustomed to the cuisine and a new experience for those looking to try something beyond what is typically offered. The success in the Philippino market has allowed Jollibee to extend well beyond the country. Today, Jollibee has more than a thousand restaurants across the globe. 

Currently, there are six Jollibee locations in Canada, with talks of a new one opening up in Alberta in the near future. The success generated from this fast-food joint could be grounds for even more locations across the country. 

In-N-Out Burger

Yet another popular food joint from the United States. In-N-Out is known for its burgers and animal style fries. While the other fast-food joints mentioned are making Canada their home, In-N-Out isn’t doing so just yet. In-N-Out is testing the market via a one-day pop-up shop in Aldergrove. 

While the chain isn’t settling down in Canada right now, the move to test the Canadian market could mean plans for expansion are in the making. 


Eataly might not be as well-known outside of the American market, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a massive competitor. Eataly is an Italian-style food chain that mixes both in-house, restaurant-style dining as well as a grocery store that allows patrons to purchase the food and have it prepared in the dining area. The concept has been doing exponentially well in the U.S. and is expanding beyond the borders to Ontario.

There are many fast-food chains eyeing the Canadian market as it continues to grow both in size and popularity. Beyond these, we could see quite a few new food joints opening up in Canada.

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Omnichannel: Creating Online and Offline Experiences for Customers

The way consumers shop has changed exponentially over the years. To no surprise, consumers are now shopping both online and offline. With the rise of e-commerce, the ability to obtain goods has grown significantly. Some brands choose to stay brick-and-mortar while some choose to stay strictly e-commerce. While sticking to one stream works for many, the best way to encapsulate a wider array of consumers is to create experiences both online and offline which is also known as omnichannel retailing.

What is omnichannel in regards to retail?

Omnichannel includes the sale of goods/service in both physical and digital means. For example, a clothing store has a physical location where people can shop as well as an online catalogue/website where they can make purchases as well. In essence, omnichannel is being wherever the customer is.

How can adopting an omnichannel model help retail shop owners?

With the growth of e-commerce becoming more and more prevalent, there have been many retailers who have been forced to close their doors due to their inability to compete with the convenience factor e-commerce shopping has. On the other hand, e-commerce lacks that in-person experience many look for. 

Omni-channel caters to those who want a convenient method of shopping and those who yearn for that in-person experience. The ability to cater to two different demographics can help retail owners increase their profit and reach significantly more consumers than they would sticking to one stream.

How can retail shop owners create a digital presence?

Creating a digital presence takes time, but is a well worth it process. Many retailers create (or hire someone to create) a catalogue-type website that displays all the products eligible to be sold online. Retail shop owners can connect this to social media, create digital ads, or promote it through their physical location.

Adopting an omnichannel model can help retail businesses increase their overall traffic and profit. It all comes down to analyzing whether the business can cater to the digital space and how it will and work for the other all betterment of the business.

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Retail Real Estate: A Worthwhile Investment Going Strong in 2019

When deciding where you want to invest, it’s imperative that you conduct a significant amount of research into various investment streams in order to ensure you are making the optimal choice for your needs. Some investments, such as stocks or opening your own storefront, come with some potentially high risk and can be vastly time-consuming. Albeit, these investments have proven successful for a plethora of individuals, however, some are still in search of opportunities to allocate their funds elsewhere.


Despite the rise of e-commerce businesses, shopping plazas are still going strong. Malls continue to be filled with eager shoppers, smaller plazas continue to see visitors coming for niche products they may not get elsewhere. Similar to any other investment, retail properties require a high-degree of time, research, and planning. Location, space, and size are amongst some of the factors one must keep in mind when considering a retail property and returns are often contingent on said factors. For example, a shopping plaza in Toronto’s downtown core will cost more than one further out from the city, however, due to a higher saturation of potential consumers in the downtown core, the ability to generate significant profit within a shorter time frame is plausible.


Aside from the aforementioned factors, there are many surfacing trends that are contributing to the continual success of retail shopping plazas. From the rise of cannabis post-legalization to massive retail giants pledging astronomical funds to aid the growth of retail real estate, there are several indicators that pose benefits for shopping plaza investors.

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Investment in Commercial Property Surges in Canada

According to Canada’s Real Estate News Exchange (RENX), investment in commercial property hit a new record high in the first six months of 2018, at $26.8 billion. That could put the entire year well above the annual record set in 2017 of $43.1 billion.

Current appetite for investment together with the safety and yields Canadian commercial property offers leads experts to believe that this trend is unlikely to waiver in 2019. Everyone wants a bit of the action, including big tech giants like Google.

While many analysts and biased promoters are doing a smooth job of downplaying the risks in these other markets and sectors, individuals need to be realistic about the dangers and look at the data for themselves.

It’s true that while commercial properties may offer brick and mortar security, the yields on many prime properties are trading low. Yet, many will find greater returns and yields in more localized properties just out of the center, and in more suburban and secondary markets. Of particular note, according to RENX, the reinvention of retail and spending patterns are expected to keep boosting retailer expansions at the discount and luxury ends of the market. Furthermore, mixed-use properties with retail and apartments could perform well, as vacancy rates dip below 3% and encourage rental rate increases.