Think Whistler

January 05, 2010

The Whistler ICSC Conference takes place, next week, from January 10-12, at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Following the holiday period so closely, the conference is important and will help to establish the industry pulse for landlords, retailers, brokers, and other related dignitaries, who are participating. At the time of this writing, 1212 people have pre-registered for the sessions. I will be in attendance, and am currently scheduling meetings for the Deal Making convention. For further information, please contact me prior to January 8th.

On a related note, for those of you who will be attending the conference, while in Vancouver, I invite you to stop at Oakridge Centre to see the recently opened Fossil store. It’s a beauty.

Chop Crazy Opens at Carrefour Laval

January 04, 2010

Think Retail is pleased to announce the opening of the new Chop Crazy location at Carrefour Laval (Quebec). The restaurant opened on November 4, in the mall’s new Dining Terrace – an upscale and stylish environment (a whopping $54M investment by mall owner Cadillac Fairview), which will certainly excite consumers. Chop Crazy operate an island kiosk, located at the front of the food court, which was designed by award winning retail designers, Gervais Harding & Associates. From a design perspective, this is the most attractive and compelling Chop Crazy location of the seven (7) now operating. The kiosk is 250 sq.ft. The transaction itself was negotiated by Think Retail President, Tony Flanz and Cadillac Fairview Leasing Director for Carrefour Laval, Sylvie Plourde.

Looking forward, Chop Crazy is planning further growth in 2010, seeking opportunities in major super-regional shopping centres and downtown office towers in Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa. Both kiosk and in-line locations will be considered. Optimal size is 250 sq.ft. Chop Crazy will also consider opening their first street-front location in downtown Montreal; size requirement is 500-1000 sq.ft.

Chop Crazy specializes in custom-made salads, which are prepared and chopped, right in front of the customer. In addition, all Chop Crazy restaurants offer a variety of custom-made soups, smoothies, and a healthy offering of breakfast choices.

For more information on Chop Crazy, please visit their website at

Think Retail has been Chop Crazy’s exclusive Canadian broker since 2006.

Bizou to Bang Out New Stores in 2010

November 16, 2009

Bizou International is in the middle of a phenomenal resurgence.

Over the last 24 months, the Quebec based retailer, which specializes in the sale of costume jewelry and fashion accessories, has made several major changes to their operations.

Rigid inventory management systems and procedures have been implemented; store merchandising and visual displays have been re-vamped; store personnel and supervisors have been significantly upgraded...etc. 

The company's hard work and efforts have been recognized by their customers. Sales are up 11% year over last. Furthermore, in 2008, the company produced an 18% comp store increase. 

Bizou is set to open two (2) new locations in 2010. Size requirement is 600-800 sq.ft. Super-regional and regional malls, as well as street-front locations, in existing markets will be considered.
Attractive, inviting and very well designed.

In addition to the above,  Bizou would like to open a Bizou Outlet in the province of Quebec; 1000 sq.ft is required. 

Bizou is also planning to renovate 5 stores in 2010.

Bizou International Inc. was founded in 1982, and currently operate 131 stores from Quebec to New Foundland.

For more information on Bizou, please visit their website at

American Apparel Expands in Canada

November 11, 2009

Think Retail is pleased to announce the opening of the new American Apparel store at Vaughan Mills. We are further pleased to anounce that Think Retail has successfully concluded transactions for American Apparel on the the following Canadian main streets and shopping centres:

   1. Robson St
   2. South Granville St
   3. Queen St West;
   4. Ste-Catherine St
   5. Yorkdale;
   6. Sherway Gardens;
   7. Market Mall;
   8. Park Royal;
   9. The Promenades;
  10. Rideau Centre;
  11. Carrefour Laval;
  12. Fairview Pointe-Claire
  13. Place Laurier

Think Retail has been American Apparel’s exclusive Canadian broker since 2004.
For a full article on American Apparels new mall market entry, click here.

Fossil expands in Canada

November 10, 2009

Think Retail is pleased to announce the opening of Fossil at Place Montreal Trust, the company’s 1st store in the province of Quebec. The store itself is vintage Fossil and is shown here.

In addition to the above, Fossil will open its 1st Fossil Outlet in Canada, tomorrow, at Cross Iron Mills.

We are further pleased to announce that Fossil stores will open soon, in the following malls:

   1. Southcentre
   2. Square One;
   3. Southgate;
   4. Oakridge

Think Retail has been Fossil’s exclusive Canadian broker since 2007.

Cross Iron Mills Now Open

November 09, 2009

Cross Iron Mills opened its doors on August 19th (see here), and from all accounts, the mall has been rocking since opening day. The mall, which was developed by Ivanhoe Cambridge is the first enclosed centre to be built in Alberta in over 20 years. Cross Iron Mills is 1.4 million sq.ft hybrid centre, offering outlet and full priced stores, as well as, entertainment oriented retail. Total cost of the project is estimated at $500 million.

Further to the above, Think Retail is pleased to announce the opening of the first Fossil Outlet in Canada, at Cross Iron Mills.

Think Retail has been Fossil’s exclusive Canadian broker since 2007.