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Sherwin-Williams continues Canadian expansion strategy

October 25, 2017

A household name in quality paints, Sherwin-Williams has a strong Canadian heritage and Think Retail is delighted to report, a strong vision for growth nationwide.
It’s exciting to celebrate a retail brand with true staying power. The company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866 as Sherwin-Williams Paints. After opening the first Canadian store in 1894, Ontario-born Walter H. Cottingham became its second president in 1909, helping grow the brand through innovation and acquisition.Today Sherwin-Williams is the largest producer of paint in the world and its products are sold through a wide network of distributors including, home centres, independent retailers, mass merchandisers, and through more than 4,200 company-operated paint stores. The Fortune 500 Company generates over US$15 billion in annual sales.
In Canada, Sherwin-Williams has an impressive footprint, with more than 225 stores—46 in British Columbia, 28 in Alberta, 7 in Saskatchewan, 8 in Manitoba, 88 in Ontario, 37 in Quebec, 4 in New Brunswick, 2 in Newfoundland, 6 in Nova Scotia and one in PEI.
With a 3 year Canadian growth rate of 26% (48 new stores) Sherwin-Williams are expanding steadily across the country, with additional focus on the Quebec market, namely greater Montreal and Quebec City.
Ideal storefronts are 2,500 to 4,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in open-air centres.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this platinum brand on its Quebec expansion (the company works with Webster Retail in Ontario). For more, visit the Sherwin-Williams website or, to discuss growing retailers in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.

Paris and London (Ontario), Bizou boutiques opening around the globe

September 27, 2017

Montreal-based Bizou is shining in new markets, both in Canada and around the globe.
We are delighted to announce that Bizou is now open at CF Masonville Place in London, Ont., part of a larger strategy to expand across Ontario. Next up, Canada’s own Bizou is opening at Gare de L’Est in Paris this month and plans for another store are in the works for Carré Sénart, just south of Paris.
It’s an incredible time for the brand, which debuted its first boutique in Montreal in 1984: Today Bizou boasts a global network of more than 130 stores and counting. 
Its latest, a 558 sq. ft. boutique at CF Masonville Place, opened this summer. The premium shopping centre is an ideal fit for the Bizou brand—Masonville Place recently completed a $77-million expansion and redevelopment, during which it welcomed a number of other best-in-class retailers, including Zara, H&M, Sport Chek, Disney, Sephora and Saje, as well as new restaurants and services. 
And, Bizou really is their ultimate fashion co-tenant. The company offers a well-honed modern retail experience, with the right mix of sophistication and fun. It’s jewellery and accessories are unique, with the majority of its stainless steel and sterling silver collections coming from an inspired group of in-house designers, who travel the world to stay ahead of the latest trends. 
Moving forward, Bizou continues to lay the foundation for its expansion across Canada. Four stores are already in the works for the next six months and the plan is to open four more in 2018. 
Ideal spaces are 450 to 800 sq. ft. in super regional malls across the country, with a particular focus on Ontario. Bizou also continues to build its footprint in its home province of Quebec, where it has more than 90 stores, and the Maritime Region, where it has seven stores in New Brunswick, four in Nova Scotia and one in PEI, as well as Newfoundland, where it has three locations. 
In addition, Bizou continues to grow on the international stage, where it already has boutiques in France and Saudi Arabia.
Think Retail has worked with the talented Bizou team on its growth strategy and entry into new markets for nearly 20 years. We are thrilled to watch this great Canadian retailer go from strength to strength, both here at home and around the globe. 
For more about Bizou, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Le Creuset on fire with plans for two market debuts in Canada

September 15, 2017

Le Creuset is prepping to bring its colourful enamel cast-iron cookware to two new markets, with deals reached to open at Halifax Shopping Centre and Polo Park in Winnipeg.
The premium French cookware manufacturer will make its Atlantic Canada debut in Q2 2018. The 750 sq. ft. store at the Halifax Shopping Centre will be the only store in the region, making Le Creuset a huge draw and an ideal tenant for the mall, which is home to an impressive selection of unique-to-the-region brands, including Apple, Aritzia, Banana Republic, Browns, Club Monaco, Coach, Fossil, Hollister, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret and more. With more than 170 retailers, the Halifax Shopping Centre attracts visitors from across Atlantic Canada and no doubt many will make the trip to Le Creuset’s beautiful brand store. 
The company is also making its debut in Manitoba, having recently reached an agreement to lease a 950 sq. ft. space in Winnipeg’s prestigious CF Polo Park. Again, an ideal first-to-market location for the sophisticated brand, which will be right at home in the province’s largest shopping centre, which boasts 200 of the finest shops and services, with several brands exclusive to CF Polo Park.
These two new locations with bring Le Creuset’s store count to 11 in Canada and the company continues to target select markets, including downtown Vancouver and Montreal, as well as the GTA—ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls. 
Think Retail is honoured to work with this iconic brand and help plot its growth across the country. Le Creuset continues to innovate, with several market entries in recent years, the introduction of high street locations and, last fall, the unveiling of its show-stopping 800 sq. ft. Montreal flagship at 2121 Crescent Street.
The Le Creuset brand has an incredible story. Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset built a loyal following for cookware that combines functionality and fresh playful aesthetics: Is round French oven is a classic that spans generations. 
Today, products are distributed in more than 30 countries via partnerships with specialty retailers and high-end department stores, however Le Creuset continues to build a global network of name-brand boutiques that carry an enhanced selection of products unavailable elsewhere. The stores embrace the brand’s pedigree in a modern aesthetic, resulting in a unique destination for those with discerning taste. 
For more about this iconic brand visit www.Lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.

Toronto feels the love from Adore Cosmetics

July 24, 2017

Boutique to open at Holt Renfrew Centre this fall as part of steady expansion

As Adore Cosmetics continues to win accolades for its organic innovations in skincare, we are pleased to announce that those in Toronto’s downtown core will now have access to the ground-breaking collection, with the opening this fall of a much-anticipated boutique at Holt Renfrew Centre. 
The Miami-based company will open an 800 sq. ft. store to showcase its celebrated Organic Innovation line—based on organic extracts combined with age-defying Plant Stem Cell Technology—that continues to build an avid fanbase around the globe and is a mainstay on the best-of lists of major beauty and fashion magazines.
Located on Bloor Street, just steps from Yonge, Holt Renfrew Centre is an ideal location for Adore. As the unofficial anchor of the Mink Mile, the centre attracts more than 8-million visits a year and is close to the city’s busiest subway stop. It’s a marquee shopping district that’s easily accessible—traits inline with the Adore brand.
Launched in 2001, Adore’s parent company UHI Cosmetics is among the worlds leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare. Based on strong research and innovation, they use creative technology and high-end ingredients to produce unique products that feature a specially calibrated concentration of plant stem cells to defend against the effects of aging and promote healthy-looking skin.
Adore has more than 75 boutiques around the globe, including Canada, where it operates ten locations  —Fairview Pointe Claire (Quebec); Rideau Centre and Oshawa Centre  (Ontario); Southland Mall (Saskatchewan); Tsawwassen Mills and  Robson Street in downtown Vancouver (British Columbia); Southgate (Calgary) . 
Think Retail is delighted to work with the Adore team, which is keen to expand across the country. Adore will open an aforementioned 922 sq. ft. store at the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg this fall and seeks 500 to 900 sq. ft. opportunities to open full-price and outlet boutiques in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton and Quebec City.In addition to shopping centres, they will also consider non-conventional locations such as, airports, train stations and office buildings. 
This is a wonderful tenant with beautiful spa-like boutiques that delivers repeat foot-traffic and among the highest industry averages of sales per square foot. 
For more about Adore and its expansion plans for Canada, visit its website or contact the Think Retail Team.

Change Lingerie Opens at CF Carrefour Laval and unveil major plans for 25 new stores in Canada

July 21, 2017

Change Lingerie is hot in Canada with a new store at Carrefour Laval and plans for at least 25 more locations. 
The exciting international retailer opened a 550 sq. ft. store at the prestigious CF Carrefour Laval this week (July 20). Think Retail is delighted to have worked on the deal, which sees Change taking over part of the space formerly occupied by Bentleys (the original space was demised to accommodate Change and Spanish accessories retailer Uno de 50—perfect co-tenants!). 
Known as a fashionable destination filled with trendy retailers, Carrefour Laval is a super regional centre, offering a premiere shopping experience to those living on the North Shore of Montreal and surrounding area. It’s a perfect fit for the Change Lingerie brand, which is making huge inroads in major centres across Canada and building a strong consumer fanbase for its innovative collections that appeal to a wide array of women looking for the perfect fit. 
Next up, Change Lingerie is to open a 650 sq. ft. boutique (now under construction) at CF Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C., and another store of 750 sq. ft. is in the works for Oshawa, Ont.’s recently renovated Oshawa Centre. 
At Think Retail, we are thrilled to work with this ambitious retailer as it readies for aggressive expansion into 2018 and 2019, with plans for at least 25 more stores. Ideal spaces are 500 to 850 sq. ft. and markets of interest include, the Greater Toronto Area, Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal.
Change Lingerie is positioned to redefine Canada’s lingerie sector and they are just getting started. As a bit of background, the concept launched in Denmark 1997, first as a private label brand before opening its first stand-alone retail store in Denmark in 2001. Change of Scandinavia quickly gained a huge following because of its vast selection of more than 110 different sizes from A-M cup in a variety of styles. 
Today, the retailer attracts a wide consumer base because of its high-quality garments and a straightforward mission: “To provide the perfect bra to as many women around the world as possible.”
Now operating as Change Lingerie, the hugely popular retailer has more than 240 franchise and corporate stores in 15 countries across three continents (in Europe, Asia and North America), as well as an international online store.


Change debuted in Canada in 2006 and has 16 locations—five stores in British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, five in Ontario and five in Quebec. 
Change is a wonderful cotenant, with modern and beautifully designed stores that feature a crisp black and white palate. About 75% of revenue is derived from the sale of underwear and bras, however the company also offers a growing selection of loungewear, swimwear, nightwear, stockings and a men’s underwear collection. 
This summer marks two years since Think Retail partnered with Change to facilitate its growth in Canada. We look forward to working with this strong international brand as it builds its footprint and garners fans across the country. For more about Change and its ambitious plans, visit its website or contact the Think Retail Team.

Copper Branch kicks off national expansion with new Toronto restaurant

July 20, 2017

Offering a fresh take on the QSR experience, Copper Branch is bringing its signature power foods to Toronto’s power set, with its first restaurant in the city.
The 675 sq. ft. vegan eatery opened at Commerce Court’s revamped food court July 19. The newly renovated space features fresh lighting and new furniture, along with bright finishes. It’s an impressive area and a wonderful fit for Copper Branch’s Toronto debut. 
At Think Retail, we believe the heart of the Toronto’s financial district is an ideal location to introduce movers and shakers to Copper Branch’s innovative plant-based menu, which is designed to ‘Empower, Energize and make people feel their Best.” 
Established in Montreal in 2014, Copper Branch is a fast growing company with a clear mandate—to be the undisputed leader in healthy fast-casual foods. 
After owning several traditional fast food franchises over a period of 25 years, entrepreneur Rio Infantino wanted to revamp the QSR experience with nourishing gourmet power foods. It’s not about simply catering to vegetarians (although they love it) but rather a wider audience seeking clean healthy meal options. 
We are delighted to work with Copper Branch as it expands across the country. The concept recently opened a 1,500 sq. ft. restaurant in Quebec at First Capital’s Carre Lucerne in Mont-Royal and we are pleased to announce a new deal to open on Sherbrooke Street in the Westmount Village and thereafter in Place Laurier. In early 2018, the concept will open another Ontario location, at Downtown Markham, and we expect to announce several more deals soon. 
Copper Branch is at the helm of a powerful trend in clean, healthy eating and is strategically positioned to open at least 20 restaurants next year. 
They will continue its growth in the Greater Montreal and Toronto area, however we are also looking to secure debut sites in Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Ideal spaces are 500 to 2,300 sq. ft. along high streets, as well as in open-air centres and regional malls—this is a marquee tenant with a lot of flexibility and strong branding.
Copper Branch is taking plant-based foods to the mainstream market with “real” fast food designed for health-conscious time-strapped consumers.  For more about this unique brand and its expansion plans, visit www.copperbranch.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.