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Change of Scandinavia kicks off major expansion plan with store at CF Carrefour Laval

December 06, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Change of Scandinavia has just finalized an agreement to open at the prestigious CF Carrefour Laval, part of a major rollout that will see the lingerie retail brand open 30 to 40 new stores across Canada.
The 550 sq. ft. store at Carrefour Laval takes over part of the space formerly occupied by Bentleys. The original space was demised to accommodate Change and Uno de 50.
Slated to open summer 2017, Change is the perfect addition to the Carrefour Laval retail mix. A shopping mecca, Carrefour Laval is home to more than 300 brand name stores, restaurants and entertainment, as well as its magnificent garden.
Change is a marquee brand that is expanding not only here in Canada, but around the globe. The company launched in Denmark 1995, first as a private label brand before opening its first stand-alone retail store in Copenhagen in 2001. The popular concept soon grew across Europe, and then into Asia and North America—today it has more than 240 corporate and franchise stores.
Its boutique are welcoming and modern, beautifully designed with a black and white palate that showcases a vast selection of more than 100 different sizes (up to M cup) in 10 different models. The brand appeals to a wide audience, offering a perfect fit for all shapes and sizes.
As a result, Change stores are favoured destination spaces that attract a variety of age groups, women who shop for lingerie several times a year and participate in the popular Club Change loyalty program.
While 75% of revenue is derived from the sale of underwear and bras, the company also offers a selection of loungewear, swimwear, nightwear, and stockings.
Change debuted in Canada in 2006 and now has 15 locations—five stores in British Columbia, one in Saskatchewan, five in Ontario and four in Quebec.
This summer, Change opened a 600 sq. ft. store on the main level at Park Royal South, one of Metro Vancouver’s most prominent and innovative retail destinations.  In the spring, they unveiled a 1,200 sq. ft. flagship in downtown Montreal at the trendy Place Montreal Trust.
Next up, ambitious plans to invest more than $6 million in 30 to 40 more stores in the next three to five years.
Think Retail partnered with Change just over a year ago and we are thrilled to work with international brand as it carves a strong niche across Canada: The immediate focus is on securing spaces of 600 to 1,000 sq. ft. in super regional malls in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.
For more about Change and its exciting growth plans, visit www.change.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Marcello’s Market & Deli to expand in Ontario and Quebec

December 02, 2016

Marcello’s Market & Deli is the go-to source for amazing food and now this unique concept is expanding in Canada, with a focus on Ontario and Quebec.
Founded in Ottawa in 1997, Marcello’s is a well-established brand with locations in Canada and the United States. Here at home, there are more than 25 in Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Each embodies a warm European feel, with a fantastic selection of prepared foods and grocery items.
With its new tagline—Ready to Serve Freshness—the company is ideally positioned as an affordable gourmet marketplace for busy professionals,
Its locations have a fresh modern look and feature produce, deli items, groceries and freshly prepared take-out food, as well as a hot and cold buffet with more than 20 dishes cooked daily.  Marcello’s has perfecting its offering for 20 years, establishing itself as a leader in what is now dubbed the prepared meals trend.
The selection and quality are incredible—you could eat here every day and never get bored. There’s something for every taste, from veal Parmesan to beef bourguignon, tacos, chicken curry salad, seafood chowder, pastas and plenty of vegetarian options.
And now, the company is entering into an exciting time, as the Marcello’s team moves to build the brand in new markets.
With its unique blend of fresh food, great variety and affordable prices, this fast-growing franchise operation is an ideal tenant.
Marcello’s attracts a wide audience and keeps them coming back for more. Whether popping in for a quick coffee and biscotti in the morning; seeking an alternative to microwaved or fast-food lunches; catering for the office; or grabbing a freshly made nutritious meal to take home for dinner, Marcello’s is a destination.
Optimal spaces are in office buildings, as well as PATH and metro locations. Size is somewhat flexible, ranging from 1,500 sq. ft. to as much as 4,000 sq. ft., depending on the location.
For more about this fresh brand and its plans for expansion, please visit www.marcellos.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.

Bizou’s new Oshawa store sparkles

December 02, 2016

Montreal’s Bizou is making its mark in Ontario, with the opening of a new store at Oshawa Centre.
The 750 sq. ft. boutique is part of the company’s commitment to expand across the province, with a focus on regional and super regional shopping centres.
Oshawa Centre, which is owned and managed by Ivanhoe Cambridge, is a perfect fit for Bizou, which is flourishing here at home and on the international retail stage.
The two-story shopping centre in the city of Oshawa, about 30 minutes east of Toronto, recently unveiled a $230 million renovation, making it a marquee space. The 1,040,369 sq. ft. mall features more than 230 stores, and recently welcomed 60 new brands, including Adidas, Adore, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Geox, NYX, WKLN and more. Zara is slated to open next year.
Bizou, with its inspired collections of stainless steel and silver ladies fashion jewellery and accessories, will be right at home among the centre’s strong line up of fashion tenants.
Next up, Bizou is poised to announce another Ontario store, to be located within a Cadillac Fairview property—details to come. As well, more international stores are in the works.
The brand is on fire and Think Retail is thrilled to be part of its journey, which started when Marcel Labrecque opened the first boutique in 1984. Today, Bizou boasts a global network of 129 stores and counting.
In Canada, Bizou’s focus remains on Ontario, in particular regional malls in the GTA. Ideal spaces are 500 to 900 sq. ft., with notable co-tenants, such as, but not limited to, H&M, Zara, Lole, Sephora, Banana Republic, Fossil and Victoria’s Secret.
Bizou is evolving into a powerhouse Canadian retail brand and has proven itself the ideal tenant, offering a modern retail experience. Its stores are definitively fresh, organized spaces, designed to attract those who seek a unique array of quality fashion jewellery and accessories.  Part of what makes its products stand out, is a team of in-house designers, who travel the world for inspiration.
For more about this exciting Canadian retailer, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Bodum Brews Up Fresh Retail Concept

November 29, 2016

Known the world over for its design-savvy French Press coffee maker, Bodum is an iconic brand with a fresh perspective.

This family-owned company, which also makes other kitchenware and tableware, operates hybrid shop/cafés that showcase Bodum’s vast product lines, while serving its own selection of coffees and teas in a sleek stylish space that embodies the brand’s clean aesthetic.

Bodum’s roots go back to 1944, when Peter Bodum founded the company in Copenhagen, Denmark. At its core was one simple premise—good design should be accessible. That idea permeates throughout every facet the company, which consistently pays tribute to its founder’s vision of functionality, quality and affordability.

Early on, Peter Bodum invented the internationally acclaimed Santos vacuum coffeemaker.  His son Jorgen continued the tradition, in 1974 launching Bodum’s first coffee press, the classic award-winning Bistro.  The company has since sold more than 100 million French presses.

Today its products are sold in more than 55 countries and include a wide collection of beautifully designed items for the home, from the latest coffee and tea making supplies to items for the table, kitchen, storage, textiles, and other home, as well as office, products.

In addition, Bodum has 20 stores in marquee cities all over the world, including Paris, Copenhagen, Zurich, Lucerne, Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Okinawa, Auckland, London and many more. Many of its stand-alone locations embody Bodum’s niche store/café concept.  In addition, it operates a vast network shop-in-shops, including, in Canada, at Hudson’s Bay.

At Think Retail, we thrive on seeing cool, creative brands flourish and would love to experience Bodum’s shops/cafes here at home.

For more about this iconic international company, visit the Bodum website. Addicted to your French Press? Tell us more by contacting the Think Retail Team.

International Currency Exchange opens 15 locations at Toronto Pearson Airport

October 31, 2016

We are thrilled to share that one of our long-time clients—International Currency Exchange (ICE)—has won a major RFP and, as a result, opened 15 new locations at Toronto Pearson International Airport. It’s a major coup for ICE, one of the most established and respected retail currency exchange brands in the world.
With this latest win, ICE operates 76 branches in Canada. At Think Retail, we have worked with ICE since 2008, navigating its expansion coast to coast, in shopping centres, retail hubs throughout Canada.
Founded in the UK in 1973, ICE now has more than 360 locations in 20 countries and it’s an organization with an exciting future.
As you may recall, in April, Chinese conglomerate HNA Group acquired ICE as part of a strategic effort to expand outside of Asia. Founded in 1993, privately-owned HNA is a major conglomerate with several core divisions, including aviation, real estate, capital, tourism, hospitality, technology and logistics: ICE is as a valued part of HNA Tourism, which specializes in air travel, hospitality management, tourism, finance, investment and e-commerce.
As a result, the ICE brand is stronger than ever, with so much potential for further growth, both around the globe and here in Canada.
The company already has a solid reputation for offering an extensive range of major and exotic currencies that cater to Canada’s diverse and well-travelled population.
On the retail front, ICE is recognized for its award-winning and innovative branch designs, plus its popular Click & Collect service, whereby individuals or their travel agents can place currency orders by phone or online, to be picked up at the retail location of the customer’s choice.
In addition to currency conversion, services include, currency wires, money drafts, all kinds of cheques, money orders, travelers cheques and travelers GST returns. As well, some stores facilitate the sale of gold bullions, souvenir coins, Olympic coins and travelers insurance, while operating ATM bank machines.
Stay tuned, as ICE is preparing to announce further expansion plans in Canada.
At Think Retail, we are honoured to work with ICE on the next stage of its development. For more, visit www.ice-canada.cawww.hnagroup.com or contact the Think Retail Team    

Adore Cosmetics opens two new luxury boutiques

October 14, 2016

Adore Cosmetics is spreading the love to top shopping centres across the country, as the company celebrates new boutiques in British Columbia’s Tsawwassen Mills and Oshawa Centre in Ontario.
Both centres are a fantastic fit for the coveted Adore retail brand and the Think Retail team is thrilled to work with Miami-based parent company UHI Cosmetics to build Adore’s presence across Canada.
The 1,000 sq. ft. boutique at Tsawwassen Mills is guaranteed to be a crowd magnet. The store opened October 5 as part of the outlet centre’s exciting and much-anticipated Grand Opening, which drew massive crowds, eager for the opportunity to shop more than 180 marque retail brands. Ivanhoe Cambridge invested about $600 million in this unique project, build on Tsawwassen First Nations land, and the resulting 1.2 million sq. ft. project redefines the outlet experience.
Adore’s 1,200 sq. ft. boutique at the Oshawa Centre debuted the same week, alongside the big reveal of the mall’s $230 million expansion and redevelopment project. The Oshawa Centre, also owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge, is now a true destination and home to more than 250 of high profile tenants.
In addition to these latest boutiques, Adore opened at Ottawa’s revitalized CF Rideau Centre in August. The 850 sq. ft. store is ideally located in the centre’s new expansion area, which is home to an exciting array of complementary top-tier retailers.
This is an extraordinary time for the Adore brand, which continues to generate excitement as it establishes itself worldwide as a skincare brand that’s worth the investment.
Launched in 2011, Adore’s Miami-based parent company UHI Cosmetics is now one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare products. It has earned rave reviews and a loyal following for its use of creative technology and high-end ingredients to create organic products with anti-aging Plant Stem Cell Technology.
Today, Adore has more than 50 boutiques around the globe, where in-store aestheticians are on hand to cultivate an immersive demonstration experience that showcases more than 60 must-have products in a tranquil and inspiring space. The brand delivers repeat foot-traffic and one of the highest industry averages of sales per square foot. Adore is the ultimate luxury co-tenant.
The company is aggressively expanding throughout North America., as well as Mexico, U.S. Virgin Island, Caribbean, the UK, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
In Canada, Adore now has nine stores—including, Fairview Pointe Claire (Quebec); Tanger Cookstown, Pickering Town Centre and Canada Pen Centre (Ontario); Southland Mall (Saskatchewan); and downtown Vancouver—and plans to open 10 to 15 more in the next five years. The immediate focus is on opportunities in Toronto and Calgary—ideally 600 to 1,000 sq. ft. in super regional malls.
For more about UHI Cosmetics and its luxury Adore retail concept, visit www.adorecosmeticsinsights.com or contact the Think Retail Team.