Show me the $$$ - International Currency Exchange Opens 3 New Locations in Canada

April 19, 2010

UK based, International Currency Exchange (ICE) unveiled its new kiosk design prototype with its openings, last night in Place Rosemere, Quebec, and last week at Bramalea City Centre, Ontario.  The new design was developed by Robert Ruscio at RuscioStudio. Using the Bird's Nest in China (Beijing National Stadium) as its inspiration, Robert did a magnificent job in transforming ICE's look, which previously had a more institutional feel, to a strikingly unique kiosk, which now has that 'wow' element written all over it. The ICE team, led by Shamir Desai and Darren Sutton continue to seek out ways to improve its visual offerings to Canadian landlords and in this case, they simply hit it out of the park.

ICE is scheduled to open its next branch in May at Galeries de la Capitale, Quebec.

The company currently operates approximately 35 foreign exchange branches in Canada and the company is primed for further expansion. Furthermore, ICE is prepared to open 3-4 more stores this year. Kiosk requirements are approximately 100 sq.ft. The company will also consider opening in-line locations; size required is 100-500 sq.ft

With over 300 locations operating worldwide, International Currency Exchange is class leader in foreign exchange.

I would be remiss if not to thank Giilles Levesque and Judie Hart of Morguard with whom I negotiated these most recent transactions, as well as Robert Gauthier of Redcliff.

Jacques Despars - Best in Class

April 07, 2010

For over 40 years, the Les Entreprises Jacques Despars has revolutionized the world of beauty in the province of Quebec. Furthermore, the name Jacques Despars has become synonymous with excellence and style.

Today, Les Entreprises Jacques Despars operate approximately 25 salon and hair product stores in the province of Quebec and continue to seek out expansion opportunities. Plans for 2010 forecast the opening of 2 locations, in cities such as Montreal and Quebec City. The company is also prepared stimulate growth through the acquisition of existing salons.

The hair product division specializes in internationally branded beauty, hair\head, and salon products. Locations offer brushes, curling irons, hair dryers, gels, mousses, sprays, shampoos, and skin products, as well as, on-site consultation from the Jacques Despars team of experts. Size requirements are as follows: In-line store - 900 sq.ft; kiosk - 180 square feet.

Offer your centre patrons the best in class and add a two-time Maple Leaf Award winner to your centre.

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Next Stop - St.Johns, Newfoundland

March 02, 2010

Think Retail is pleased to announce that American Apparel will open its first store in Newfoundland, at Avalon Mall. The store will be approximately 2600 square feet (and located on the mall's lower level) and will open in summer 2010. Avalon Mall is the #1 mall in Newfoundland, with sales per square of approximately $630 psf. The transaction was negotiated by Think Retail President, Tony Flanz, and Craig Smith, Senior Leasing Director for Crombie Reit, owner of Avalon Mall. 

American Apparel operate 41 stores in Canada and continue to seek out additional expansion opportunities for 2010. Markets of interest include Mississauga, south shore of Montreal, New Brunswick, and Vancouver. Size required is 2500-3000 sq.ft.

More historic openings on the way.

Think Retail Hires Josee Pelosse

March 01, 2010

We’ve got some exciting news: we’ve hired renowned industry expert Josee Pelosse to be our new Leasing Executive, in charge of expanding our tenant portfolio and further develop leasing opportunities for our existing clients.

Josee has spent more than twelve years in our community, working with both developers and retailers. Previously she worked with Liz Claiborne Canada, owners of Mexx and Lucky Brand Jeans, Buffalo David Bitton, Jacob, and Shirmax Fashions, who operate Addition Elle and Thyme Maternity. Josee worked most recently with the U.S. based Gordon Group Holdings, creating development strategy on the Lac Mirabel project.

Josee said: “I’m thrilled to be part of such an exciting company. Think Retail is doing some fantastic things across all parts of its business, and I’m hoping my expertise can help it grow even further.”

We’re really looking forward to seeing all the terrific work Josee will be doing for us, so check out our blog often to benefit from posts that exhibit Josee’s unparalleled expertise.

American Apparel Opens Flagship Design in La Belle Province

February 22, 2010

Carrefour Laval became the 1st mall in the province of Quebec to be outfitted with American Apparel's flagship store design. The store now features bold lifestyle graphics, whitewashed oak floors, and a 130-bulb fluorescent chandelier. This upgraded design  is more polished and stays to distinct and unique brand image that is American Apparel. The design was created and implemented by Robert Ruscio of Ruscio Studio Inc.

In other Quebec related, American Apparel news, Think Retail is pleased to announce that American Apparel has recently concluded an agreement to expand its store at Fairview Pointe-Claire. The expansion which takes place early this summer, will see the company add an additional 1000 sq.ft, bringing it to 4000 sq.ft.. The agreement was negotiated by Cadillac Fairview's Leasing Director for Fairview Pointe-Claire, David Azran, and Think Retail President, Tony Flanz.

More American Apparel news coming soon; stay tuned  

2010: The Year We Make Contact

January 06, 2010

You’ve all heard your fair share of Happy New Year blessings, salutations, and hollers by now. You’re popular; I can tell. I know, it’s an antiquated tradition, I know, but it’s a good one. So Happy New Year, and thanks for checking out our new website.

The 2010 horizon is spotted with openings, expansion plans, and firsts for our clients, and we want to celebrate their success with all of you. But in addition to bragging about our own ventures, our aim is to keep you connected to the constantly changing landscape of commercial real estate in this increasingly flat world.

After all, this is your year too.