Fossil Adds Three Canadian Stores

October 14, 2014

October is shaping up to be a very big month for Fossil in Canada. The Texas based, watch and fashion accessories specialist, is set to bolster its Canadian retail presence with the addition of three (3) new locations.  

Last week, Fossil opened at Polo Park  (1300 sq.ft) in Winnipeg. Next week, the company opens at Tanger Outlets Ottawa (2850 sq.ft). The following week, Fossil opens at Montreal Premium Outlets (3000 sq.ft). 
They say that good things always come in threes. Three new stores, in three weeks, in three different markets, and with three different landlords. To us hockey loving Canadians, that’s the equivalent of a natural retail hat trick. 

The new openings culminate a very busy year for Fossil in Canada. Earlier in the year, the company opened on Bloor Street in Toronto. This flagship location was the first in Canada to be fit with Fossil’s new store design prototype (see attached photos). Fossil also opened new stores at Niagara Outlet Collection, Market Mall (Calgary, AB), Masonville Place (London, ON), Lime Ridge Mall (Hamilton, ON), and Quartier 10/30 (Montreal, QC). Fossil will finish the year with 33 Canadian locations.

Fossil’s next Canadian opening is scheduled for May 2015, at Vaughan Mills (4000 sq.ft).

The above-noted transactions were negotiated by Think Retail, Fossil’s exclusive Canadian real estate broker.

Fossil was founded in 1984. Today the company operates approximately 540 stores, has 4,000 wholesale locations and 13,000 employees worldwide.

For additional information on Fossil, please visit their website at

Murat Paris Launches In Canada

September 22, 2014

In mid-July, Murat Paris opened their first Canadian location at Place de la Cite in Quebec City. The premises is 600 square feet and is strategically situated at the mall’s main entrance. The boutique is modern, fresh, and highly appealing (see photo).

Murat Paris was founded in 1847, by Charles Murat. In 1998, the company was acquired by Marcel Robbez Masson Group. Murat Paris manufactures and specializes in the sale of jewellery, watches, and fashion accessories. Their designs are innovative and unique. Today the company operates approximately 50 stores in France, Belgium, Spain, China….etc. 

The new store at Place de la Cite is owned and operated by Bizou International Inc, who earlier this year, acquired all distribution rights for Murat Paris in the Canadian market, as well as, the exclusive Canadian license to open Murat Paris retail stores. 

Think Retail is the exclusive Canadian real estate broker for both Murat Paris and Bizou.

For more information regarding Murat Paris, please visit their website at

Place Tevere Open at Rideau Centre

September 12, 2014

In early August, Italian fast food specialists, Place Tevere opened in the nation’s capital, at Rideau Centre. The new restaurant (see photo) is located in the shopping centre’s new 35,000 square foot Dining Hall. The premises is approximately 400 square feet. The Dining Hall features 16 new branded eateries such as A&W, Amaya, KFC, Subway, New York Fries…etc and has seating for 850 people. 

The transaction was negotiated by Think Retail, Place Tevere’s exclusive Canadian broker.

Rideau Centre is the top performing shopping centre in Ottawa. The property is owned by Cadillac Fairview, who have begun a $360 million revitalization and expansion at the centre. Project highlights Include the opening of Nordstrom (157,000 square feet) in March 2015. Quebec based department store, Simons (100,000 square feet) has also confirmed and will open in 2016. Further, the shopping centre will be renovated with a contemporary, fresh and modern look.

Place Tevere was founded in 1968 by Oreste Pulice. Today, the company operates 21 locations in Quebec and Ontario.

In addition to the new location at Rideau Centre, we are also pleased to announce that Place Tevere has reached agreement to open at Complexe Desjardins in downtown Montreal. The restaurant is scheduled to open in October.

Place Tevere is looking to expand in existing markets. Super regional centres are preferred. Size required is 400 square feet.

For additional information regarding Place Tevere, please visit their website at

Lindt Sweet On Canada

July 17, 2014

Swiss Chocolatier Lindt is set to open several new locations in Canada and have retained Canadian based real estate brokerage firm Think Retail, to assist with their retail expansion.

The company is planning to open five (5) locations in 2015 and another five (5) sites in 2016. The following markets are targeted for growth: Ontario, Alberta, BC, Quebec and New Brunswick. Lindt will consider openings in outlet centres, high streets, super regional malls, large open air centres, airports and tourist destinations. Size required is 1250-1800 square feet. Preferred co-tenants include Whole Foods, William Sonoma, Sephora, Michael Kors, Lululemon, J Crew, Polo, Anthropologie, Cineplex Odeon, and a mix of casual full-service restaurants.

Lindt recently opened two Canadian stores: Niagara Outlet Collection and Wellington Crossing (in London). Two more units are confirmed for fall - Landsdowne Park in Ottawa and Montreal Premium Outlets. The company expects to finish the year with 22 Canadian stores.

In other MAJOR news, yesterday, Lindt agreed to acquire Russell Stover Candies Inc. “It is a billion (dollar) deal. How much more than one billion I cannot say,” stated Lindt Chairman and Chief Executive Ernst Tanner in an interview on Monday. Russell Stover generates annual sales of about $600 million. The deal gives Lindt around 10% of the U.S. chocolate market, ahead of Nestle. Shares of Lindt’s parent company, Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Spruengli AG, are up nearly 3% on the news and over 15% so far this year.

Lindt & Sprungli is recognized as the market leader in premium quality chocolate, offering a large selection of products in over 100 countries around the world. During more than 160 years of Lindt & Sprungli’s existence, it has become known as alone of the most innovative and creative companies companies making premium chocolate, with six production sites in Europe, two in the US and distribution and sales on four continents. Globally, the company employs approximately 9,000 people. In 2013, Lindt & Sprungli reported net sales in excess of $2.88 billion.

For additional information on Lindt, please visit their website at

Lole Lives Loud With Soho Opening

July 16, 2014

In June, ladies active wear specialist Lole, opened its first location in New York in the trendy neighbourhood of Soho. The boutique is located at 112 Mercer Street. The store is magnificent and incorporates all of the key Lole bells and whistles: Living Wall, iPad\Social Wall, Community Table, Lole Pantry…etc. See attached photo.

Catering to the active woman, Lole stores specialize in the sale of technical, versatile and feminine fashion apparel for urban woman. The customer experience is unique highly interactive, and is focused on wellness and community. All locations offer free exercise meet-ups twice weekly at the local park, as well as, lectures given by yoga\pilates specialists, and nutrition experts. Tea and fruits are served daily at each store location.

The Soho opening was preceded by Lole’s White Yoga session which was held at MOMA. The session was spectacular and attended by over 600 yoga enthusiasts. Click on the link to see a video of this wonderful event

Also in June, Lole opened it’s 14th Canadian location in beautiful Banff, Alberta. The store is located at 130 Banff Avenue, in the heart of the Banff Avenue (street) Mall. 

Three (3) more Canadian locations are confirmed and will open this year. They include Toronto Premium Outlets, Square One in Missassagua, Ontario and in Whistler, British Columbia.
In addition to the above, Lole is looking to add 5-6 stores in Canada in 2015. Markets of interest include Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Store size range from 1250-1600 square feet. Lole will consider locations in super regional malls, high streets, outlet centres and tourist destinations. For additional information, please contact Think Retail, Lole’s exclusive Canadian real estate broker.

In other Lole news, just last month, the company announced that private equity firm Kilmer Capital had sold its majority position in Coalision Inc (Lole’s parent company) to an international investment fund led by Bernard Mariette, the company’s president and CEO, and Simon Equity Partners, André Desmarais (owner of Power Corporation of Canada and La Presse), members of the Hermès family. The company is now poised and ready for international expansion. Following the transaction, Lole announced plans to open fifty stores during the next five years.  For more information on Lole, please visit their website at

Bizou to Launch in Saudi Arabia

July 07, 2014

Canadian based fashion accessories specialist, Bizou, will open its first location in Saudi Arabia at Panorama Mall in Riyadh. The store is scheduled to open in early September.

Bizou’s push into Saudi Arabia is part of license agreement with Qaiymah Products Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rubaiyat Co. Rubaiyat was founded in 1980 by the Binzagr family, and is a major player in the Saudi market.The company is the exclusive Saudi wholesaler and operator for premium luxury brands such as A\X Armani, Gucci, Prada, Ermenegildo Zegna…etc. The partnership between Bizou and Qaiymah will see Bizou open 20+ locations in Saudi Arabia during the next few years.

In other Bizou news, earlier this year, Bizou opened its location in France at La Toison Dor in Dijon. 
Closer to home, in late October, Bizou will open their first outlet store at Simon Property Group’s Montreal Premium. The store will be 800 sq.ft and will be located at the mall’s 50 yard line, adjacent Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Watch Station, Coach, BCBG…etc. The transaction was negotiated by Think Retail who is Bizou’s exclusive Canadian real estate broker. 

In addition to the above, Think Retail  be making another major announcement regarding Bizou  in the next month. Stay tuned for the exciting details. 

Bizou was founded in 1984, by Marcel Labrecque. Today, the company operates 130 stores.  For more information on Bizou, please visit the company’s website at