Pinkberry - Swirling Soon at Metropolis at Metrotown

October 12, 2011

We're excited to announce that construction will begin next week, at Pinkberry's 2nd Canadian location, at Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC. The hoarding is now up (see photo) and Ken and his team are chomping at the bit to begin this project. The store is 875 sq.ft and is situated directly adjacent the food court. A mid-November opening is anticipated. If you simply cannot wait for the big day, you'll be pleased to hear Pinkberry has been swirling up free samples in the centre. That's right - freebies. Get'em while they're hot; I mean cold.

In other Pinkberry news, I am pleased to confirm that the company will open in Fall 2012, in the new food court at Richmond Centre. Furthermore, Pinkberry has also committed to a location in Abbottsford, at High Street, the Shape Properties lifestyle centre, which is scheduled to be completed in late summer 2013. We also expect to announce shortly, the location of Pinkberry's 1st location in the province Alberta. Get ready Edmonton!

In addition to the above, Pinkberry is actively seeking to open additional stores in Canada. Markets of interest include Alberta and British Columbia. Size required is 300-1000 sq.ft. Both super regional malls and high pedestrian street-front locations will be considered.

Report from Park Royal - Since opening in late July, the lines have been long, with excited British Columbians coming from all over the province to get their taste of Pinkberry's swirly goodness. The store is doing absolutely amazing and has shattered the sales projection which had been set. 

For more information, please visit Pinkberry's website at or their Canadian Facebook page at

About Metropolis at Metrotown - At 2.4 million square feet and with over 450 stores, Metropolis at Metrotown is the largest centre in British Columbia and second largest in Canada. The centre is anchored by The Bay, Zellers (soon to be Target), Sears, Real Canadian Superstore, Home Sense, Chapters...etc. Other top notable fashion brands operating in the centre include: Lululemon, Aritzia, Coach, Armani Exchange, F21,Apple,  Zara, H&M...etc The mall is ranked #5 in the province in sales psf - $651 psf. In terms of gross sales, Metropolis at Metrotown is the #1 mall in British Columbia. The shopping centre is owned by Ivanhoe Cambridge.  

Finally, I'd like to express my thanks to Ron Clarke of Ivanhoe Cambridge. Like a true pro, Ron did a wonderful job steering this transaction.

Bizou Impresses with Queen St Opening

October 05, 2011

We are pleased to announce that fashion accessories and costume jewellery specialist Bizou, has opened its first street-front location in Toronto (and second store in Ontario), at 393 Queen St. West. The store is strategically situated between Peter and Spadina, adjacent other top brands such as: Lululemon, Kiehls, Club Monaco, Guess, Le Chateau. Adidas, Gap...etc. The premises is 1250 sq.ft, and was designed by Frederic Bernier. The layout is warm and inviting, extremely well merchandised, and very chic.

Looking ahead, the company's 3rd Ontario location opens next month at Cambridge Centre; also, I can as well, confirm that Bizou will open at White Oaks Mall in London, in March 2012. Thanks to Rick Johnstone of Morguard for his help with the agreement at Cambridge Centre and to Dave Wyatt, of Redcliff, for his efforts with the transaction at White Oaks Malls. Dave is a class act and a pleasure to work with.

Further to the above, Bizou plan to open 4-6 new locations, in 2012. Markets of interest include: Ontario and Quebec. Size required in 600-1000 sq.ft. Property type - super regional malls and high pedestrian street-front locations.

Bizou was founded in 1982. Today, the company operates approximately 120 locations spread across 6 provinces, from New Foundland to Ontario.

Finally, with respect to performance, Bizou continues to impress. Comp sale store increases are on the rise for a fourth consecutive year, and are currently 15% above last year. Previous increases were as follows: 2010 - 5%, 2009 - 5%, 2008 - 15%. 

For additional information, please visit Bizou's website at

Michael Smith Cooks it up at Le Creuset

October 03, 2011

In late September, Culinary master Michael Smith visited the new Le Creuset store at Sherway Gardens in Ontario. Mr.Smith was on hand to participate in a special meet and greet with customers, as well as, to sign copies of his new book, Chef Michael Smith's Kitchen. Approximately 300 people attended this wonderful event. Chef Michael Smith is an award-winning chef and cookbook author, Food Network Canada host, and newspaper columnist. Le Creuset is the go-to brand for luxury and quality cookware, making it the number one choice for professional chefs and home cooks alike.

In other Le Creuset news, the company's 3rd Canadian is currently under construction at Carrefour Laval, in Quebec. The opening will mark Le Creuset's entry to La Belle Province. This store is scheduled to open in mid-November.

Le Creuset will continue to expand, in Canada, in 2012. Markets of interest include Vancouver, Quebec City, and Ottawa. Size required is 1350-1500 sq.ft. Please contact us if you have any opportunities you wish to discuss or present.For additional information on this iconic company\brand, please visit Le Creuset's website at

Lole - Living Loud in Toronto

September 08, 2011

In late August, ladies outdoor apparel specialist Lole, opened their 1st store in Toronto. The premises is strategically located in the heart of the affluent Oakville shopping district, on Lakeshore Road East, between George and Thomas. The 2000 sq.ft store is uniquely designed.

Immediately striking when you arrive at Lole, is their storefront; a green living wall (see photo) evoking a city park - Lole's playground. The wall represents the urban nature and Lole's commitment to respect and connect to it.

The Social Living Wall (iPad wall) is another great innovation. Using the LolePop App, which is available for free on ITunes, Lole's Friends and customers load their workout\exercise, travel, and fashion....etc photos.  These pictures are then displayed on the 8-10 iPads in Lole's stores.

Lole has also developed an exclusive and revolutionary Point of Sale system that allows every transaction to be completed via iPods. This technology brings Lole's retail customer experience to a higher level and decreases the transaction time.

At Lole, the company is committed to getting woman moving every day which is why they created the Lole Meet-Ups Program. Women who join this inspirational movement can participate in free exercise meet-ups at parks, twice a week, led by their ambassadors, who are renowned experts at Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and urban fitness. The program promotes fitness and good health, as well as community involvement and the enjoyment of urban green spaces.

Tea and fruits are served daily in all Lole location - Don't be late.

Further to the above, we are also pleased to announce that Lole will be opening at Bayview Village in Toronto, on September 22.

In 2012, Lole is planning to open six (6) stores. Markets of interest include: Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton. Vancouver and Halifax may also be possibilities. Both super regional malls and high pedestrian street-front locations will be considered. Size required is 1250-1750 sq.ft.

A little about Lole - Lole's parent company Coalision Inc, is owned by Kilmer Capital, whose CEO is Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment. Coalision Inc own 3 brands: Lole, Orage, and Paradox. Combined sales are in excess of $100M. Lole's CEO Bernard Mariette, former CEO of Quiksliver Inc (1995-2007) has the company primed for international expansion in the US and Europe (at the moment there is one Lole store operating in Zurich).

For more information on Lole, please visit their website at

Le Creuset - A Retail Icon Opens Flagship Toronto Location

August 29, 2011

In mid-August, retail icon Le Creuset opened its first Toronto location at Sherway Gardens. The store looks absolutely fantastic (see photo) and is off to a great start. The 1350 sq.ft premises is situated across from Coach, William Sonoma, and Lululemon. This is Le Creuset's 2nd Canadian store; the first opened late last year, at Chinook Centre, in Calgary.

Sherway Gardens is owned by Cadillac Fairview, and is the Canada's #6 rank centre in terms of sales. The centre is anchored by Holt Renfrew and is home to such top retailers as Abercrombie & Fitch, Apple, Aritzia, Harry Rosen, Michael Kors, Sephora, Victoria Secret...etc. Annual traffic is approx 10 million.

Le Creuset was founded 86 years ago, in 1925, in Fresnoy Le Grand in northern France. The company is best known for its artisan built enameled cookware, and is the pre-eminent cast iron brand world wide. Since 1987, the company has been privately held by Paul Van Zuydam and is self financed. Le Creuset operates approximately 110 locations in 15 countries, and enjoys distribution in over 28 countries. The brand enjoys tremendous cache as evidenced by its inclusion in the Times of London's Top 100.

Worldwide Brands. Furthermore, Le Creuset is the most searched cookware brand in the US on AOL, Google, Yahoo. Le Creuset is also the most aspired brand amongst women 25-35 in Japan.

I am also pleased to announce that Le Creuset will open its first location in the province of Quebec, at Carrefour Laval. The store is scheduled to open in early November.

Le Creuset will continue to expand in Canada, and have targeted additional flagship openings in both Vancouver and Ottawa. Size required is 1350-1750 sq.ft.

Based on our anticipation of only a few Canadian openings, those centres with a Le Creuset store will be perceived as a true destination for brand and houseware interested consumers.

For additional information, please visit Le Creuset's website at

Bare Escentuals Announce Plans to Open in Canada in 2012

August 18, 2011

I am so pleased to announce that Think Retail has been retained by San Francisco based, Bare Escentuals, as their exclusive Canadian real estate broker.

Please indulge me while I provide you with some background and story about this magnificent company:

In 1976, Bare Escentuals opened it’s first boutique in California, as a bath and body retailer.  Leslie Blodgett joined Bare Escentuals in 1994 as CEO and has been the face of the company ever since.  Leslie helped transform this local bath and body retailer into one of the leading prestige cosmetic companies in the United States with the launch of bareMinerals, an award winning line of cosmetic and skincare products.  Bare Escentuals started the idea that makeup could actually be considered skincare, and that got people talking.  What makes Bare Escentuals so special is they only use the finest quality ingredients in their products to give you everything you want without any harsh chemicals.  It’s makeup so pure you can sleep in it!

Bare Escentuals continues to grow the brand worldwide.  In March 2010, Bare Escentuals was purchased by Shisheido, the largest cosmetic company in Japan, for $1.7 billion.  Today, they are operating close to 200 company-owned boutiques in the United States.  In order to continue their international expansion plans, Bare Escentuals plans to open 3 - 5 boutique locations in Canada, focusing on Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario to start.  The boutiques range from approximately 900 - 1,200 square feet, with 20 feet of frontage.

For more information on Bare Escentuals, please visit their website at