Fowler Bauld & Mitchell Ltd. was commissioned by the National Trust for Canada to conduct a Retail Market Analysis for Downtown Sydney and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. The study was carried out over the period of January to April 2020.

The objective of this study is to thoroughly document Downtown Sydney’s current retail inventory. The next step estimates the realistic Retail Trade Areas that Downtown Sydney and other Sydney retail areas serve and the retail expenditure profile across various retail categories/store types as an indication of retail inflow/outflow and opportunities therein that retail areas could potentially pursue. The end result is to fill gaps and bolster the local retail market by retaining or attracting greater market share of resident and visitor spending in the community.