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Copper Branch revolutionizes fast-casual, confirming 20 new locations

April 10, 2018

Eat clean, feel empowered, live inspired—a philosophy Copper Branch holds true to their core. Copper Branch is redefining the fast-casual experience, with plans to open over 20 new 100% plant-based restaurants across North America.
With their chef-inspired, 100% plant-based power food menu, Copper Branch is quickly establishing itself as a refreshing alternative to the usual fast-casual fare, serving real food designed for health-conscious, time-strapped consumers.  Established in Montreal in 2014, today Copper Branch operates 17 locations—13 in Quebec and 4 in Ontario—and will more than double its footprint by the end of the year.The company continues its push into Ontario, with several restaurants slated to open: Markham, 180 Enterprise Blvd. (spring)Peterborough, 1140 Lansdowne St. W. (spring)Bowmanville, 2377 Durham Regional Hwy 2 (summer)Kingston, 268 Princess St. (summer)Oakville, 246 Hays Blvd. (fall)Newmarket, 18267 Yonge St, East Gwillimbury (fall)Mississauga, 6055 Mavis Rd, Unit B, Heartland Town Centre (fall)Ottawa, 350 Albert St., Constitution Square and Ottawa Train Yards.Copper Branch is focused on international expansion, continuing their food revolution with 30 new locations in the works for 2019.
In addition, the company is to open six confirmed locations in its home province of Quebec, including:Candiac, Quebec, 3 Boulevard de Sardaigne (spring)Anjou, Montreal, Galeries d’Anjou (summer)Rimouski, Quebec, 2ieme Rue et de L’Avenue Léonidas (2019)Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec (2019)Montreal, 111 Duke St. St. Laurent, Montreal, Cote VertuAnd, in more exciting news, Copper Branch plans to enter two new markets this year—Alberta and British Columbia, namely Calgary and Vancouver.The plant-based concept’s time has come. After 25 years owning several traditional fast-food franchises, entrepreneur Rio Infantino set out to revolutionize the fast-casual experience with nourishing gourmet power foods designed to appeal to a mainstream audience seeking clean healthy meal options.The idea is resonating and Think Retail is thrilled to work with this forward-thinking company, as it opens restaurants and enters new markets across Canada. Ideal spaces are 1,250 to 2,000 sq. ft. in open-air centres and 450 to 1,500 sq. ft. in enclosed malls.I encourage you to check out Copper Branch’s innovative menu at www.copperbranch.ca: It will have en die-hard carnivores salivating. To chat about the company’s vision for growth, contact the Think Retail Team.

Bizou focuses on train stations as it opens six new locations in France

April 09, 2018

All aboard! Montreal-based Bizou is celebrating the opening of three new boutiques in train stations and shopping centres across France, with three more opening soon.
The company recently opened in and around Paris: Gare de L’Est, Carré-Sénart  and Italie2 . Next up, Gare de Lyon in April, Gare St-Lazare in July and Gare Châtelet-Les Halles in October.
It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for this great Canadian brand, which also has reached agreement through a licensee to open two boutiques on Mauritius Island, formerly Iles Maurice. One will open at Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius in October and another is slated for December.
Bizou has an incredible back story: Marcel Labrecque debuted his first women’s jewellery and fashion accessories boutique in Montreal in 1984 and today the family-owned company operates 106 stores around the globe, including 96 in Canada.
In addition to its international efforts, Bizou continues strong expansion here at home. It opened at CF Masonville Place in London, Ont. last summer, part of an ongoing effort to build its presence across the province.
The company is looking to open boutiques in high-traffic train stations and airports in Ontario and Quebec. In addition, Bizou is interested in 450 to 800 sq. ft. in super regional centres in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Toronto’s PATH. 
Bizou is the ultimate fashion co-tenant, with fresh modern stores that provide the ideal backdrop for its unique collections. Much of it stainless steel and sterling silver jewellery is the work of in-house designers, who travel the world for inspiration and to stay on top of the latest trends. You don’t find these products anywhere else, making Bizou a destination retailer.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with the Bizou team as they embrace the next phase of expansion, both here at home and around the globe.
For more about Bizou, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Adore to open luxury boutique at Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport

March 16, 2018

Adore Cosmetics is breaking into fresh markets with plans to open one of its signature luxury boutiques at Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport.
Canada is a key part of the company’s vision for global expansion. The leading purveyor of organic skin care and beauty products opened two marquee stores here last year—Yorkville’s upscale Holt Renfrew Centre and the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg.
Adore Cosmetics is a brand on fire, moving from strength to strength, as it builds a loyal and high-profile following for its array of innovative skincare products. It constantly hits must-have lists and its 24-K Golden Touch Magnetic Facial Mask—retailing at $995—is a social media star unto itself, with everyone from celebrities to magazine editors eager to get their hands on it to post online demos and reviews.
Based in Miami Beach, Florida, the company launched in 2001 and quickly established itself as something completely different in the skincare market. It maintains quality by controlling every step of the process, from researching, manufacturing and wholesaling, to creating a spa-like retail experience.
Its collection of more than 60 innovative products offers a unique combination of creative technology and high-end ingredients—the pinnacle being its use of organic stem cells.
As Adore Cosmetics expands around the globe, it is interested in bringing its luxury retail experience—both full price and outlet—to more Canadian markets, particularly Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Its boutiques are a perfect fit for higher-end retail centres. Ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft., with enough room to accommodate product demonstration stations where consumers can experience firsthand the best in anti-aging skincare.
For more about Adore and its expansion in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.

Le Creuset: Opening soon at CF Richmond Centre

February 27, 2018

Le Creuset is poised to give British Columbians a fresh taste of its colourful cookware and accessories, with plans to open a boutique at CF Richmond Centre. 
Think Retail is delighted to announce that the premium French cookware manufacturer and retailer has just finalized an agreement to open a 965-sq.-ft. boutique, right across from Uniqlo and Hugo Boss. It’s an ideal location for Le Creuset, which has built a lasting legacy for quality wares that manage to be at once timeless and cutting edge. 
With more than 200 stores and services, CF Richmond Centre is one of the Lower Mainland's premium shopping destinations and the perfect venue for this strong retail brand, which offers a destination shopping experience in a sophisticated setting.
This will be the company’s second store in British Columbia and it recently celebrated two new market debuts, with a 750-sq.-ft. store at Halifax Shopping Centre and a 950-sq.-ft. store at Polo Park in Winnipeg.
It’s an exciting time for Le Creuset in Canada and Think Retail is thrilled to partner with this marque company on it’s vision for growth. 
The new CF Richmond Centre location will bring Le Creuset’s store count to 12 in Canada. And, that’s not all: The company continues to target select markets, including downtown Toronto and Vancouver. They may also consider opening another boutique in Montreal. Moving forward, ideal spaces are 600 to 1,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls. 
If you haven’t visited a Le Creuset name-brand boutique, I encourage you to do so. These are inspired spaces with a clean modern aesthetic that allows the colourful collections to take centre stage. As well, the stores carry an enhanced selection of innovative products not sold via the company’s extensive network of retail partners around the globe. 
Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset is a brand with staying power that continues to innovate and excite. For more about its Canadian vision, visit www.Lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team. 

Forbes Interview - How Sugarfina's Founders Built A Million-Dollar (And Very Instagrammable) Candy Company

January 17, 2018

How Sugarfina's Founders Built A Million-Dollar (And Very Instagrammable) Candy Company is an interview with Sugarfina cofounder Rosie O-Neill, who talks about her third date with cofounder (and now husband) Josh Resnick. The duo saw "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" and that sparked the idea for their future company. "After the movie, we became obsessed with the question: Where’s the candy store for grownups? Why isn’t there a place for people who love and appreciate beautiful, high-quality candies, presented in a fresh and modern way? Nothing like that existed in the United States, so we had the crazy idea to create it ourselves," says O'Neill. 
The superstar retail brand, which got its start online in 2012, before opening its first boutique in Beverley Hills, now has more than 24 stores across the United States and, mostly recently, Canada. 
Think Retail is Sugarfina’s exclusive Canadian broker are we thrilled to have worked with this exciting brand on the November 17th opening of is first Canadian stand-alone store, a 950 sq. ft. boutique at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby.
For more insights into this unique concept, which made almost $25 million in revenue in 2016 and raised $35 million in growth financing in last year, visit sugarfina.ca or, to chat about the article, contact the Think Retail team.  

Five Guys fires up plans for 15 new restaurants

January 09, 2018

Five Guys Burgers and Fries is making headlines around the globe, as it opens locations in fresh markets and cultivates a cult-like following wherever it goes. 
We’ve got great news for Canadian burger lovers, as the fast-casual restaurant chain plans to open at least 15 news restaurants!
Think Retail is delighted to work with NY-based Koeppel Companies ULC, which has the rights to Ontario (east of Kingston), Ottawa, Quebec and the East Coast provinces. 
The plan is open several restaurants in the next three years, with an immediate focus on:
- Downtown Montreal
- Laval
- Saint-Laurent
- Plateau
- Côte-des-Neiges 
- Lachenaie
- Boucherville
- Gatineau
- Downtown Ottawa 
Koeppel Companies has also plans to ramp up expansion of Five Guys in the Maritimes in early 2019 and the initial focus there is on Halifax, Moncton and St. John. They seek opportunities of 2,500 to 3,200 sq. ft. in open-air centres (with patio), high streets and super regional malls.
Finally Canadians coast-to-coast will get to experience this phenomenal brand, which is again and again proving itself a winner in the great burger war. People love the tasty hand-formed burgers, which can be customized with an array of toppings, hotdogs and fresh-cut fries. 
With a simple fresh décor accented in red and white checks, this is a premium tenant with strong branding and social media presence that connects to its fan base and keeps them coming back again and again.
Five Guys started as a family-owned takeout burger joint in Arlington Virginia in 1986. As word got out and its popularity increased, the Murell family opened more sites and in 2003 they began franchising.
According to QSR Magazine, Five Guys quickly became the fastest growing franchise in the U.S. and today it operates more than 1,500 locations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East, with about another 1,500 in development. 
For more information, visit the Five Guys website or contact the Think Retail Team.