Retail plays a major role in contributing to the vibrancy of our city and making it a great place to live and do business. However, retailers in Toronto have been hard hit by the pandemic and many are facing extinction. NAIOP GTA wants to do our part to support them and ensure their survival long after the pandemic. A few NAIOP members (Jonathan Peretz, Ashley Wedlock, Lucas Manuel, Aly Damji, Ali Fieder, Allison Gilks) have started an Instagram account called @inspireTOretail to do just that. This account provides a way for our industry to come together and support our retailers by sharing where we all shop and eat.


Here is how it works:

  1. Follow @inspireTOretail through your personal Instagram account
  2. Tag @inspireTOretail when you post on Instagram – we encourage you to post stories of local boutiques, restaurants etc.
  3. Use our hashtag #inspireTOretail when posting to help spread the word!

Why is it important?

The intention is to raise brand awareness through social media and to increase traffic and sales for our local retailers, so that their businesses can make it through the pandemic. This is an opportunity for our industry to work together as one movement and inspire others to support our retail industry.
Visit the Instagram page to see more.

What else is NAIOP GTA doing to help?

We are working with our NAIOP Bubbles Leaders to ensure their budget for meetings is used to support local retailers, even while they are meeting virtually!

Let’s do more!

Supporting retail is important to NAIOP GTA. If you have another industry initiative that you are undertaking to support local businesses, please let us know.