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Le Creuset unveils plans for Montreal flagship

August 17, 2016

Le Creuset is prepping to add its signature colourful sophistication to the Montreal retail scene, as it realizes its dream to open a flagship high street location in the equally colourful and sophisticated city.

The 800 sq. ft. store will open at 2121 Crescent Street late September. After searching for the ideal space for Le Creuset’s Montreal flagship, Think Retail is thrilled to have brokered this exciting deal for the marquee cookware company.

This will mark Le Creuset’s third high street location in Canada. It opened a 2,000 sq. ft. store at 2997 South Granville in Vancouver in June (its first store in British Columbia) and, in 2015, at 577 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.

Montreal will mark Le Creuset’s 10th store in Canada and the company continues to target select markets, including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal—ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls.

Founded in Northern France in 1925, the Le Creuset brand is a hit with Canadian consumers, who love the traditional quality Enameled Cast Iron cookware for its functionality and fresh playful aesthetics: It’s No. 1 bridal registry brand and consistently the No. 1 or No. 2 cookware supplier to its trading partners.

While products are distributed in more than 30 countries via Le Creuset’s partnerships with specialty retailers and high-end department stores, the company has also worked to build a solid network of more than 250 of its name-brand stores in 25 countries.

These modern stylized retail spaces carry an enhanced selection of Le Creuset products that aren’t available anywhere else, making its stores a unique destination that attract an upscale demographic with great taste.

In the past 18 months, Le Creuset has more than doubled its footprint in Canada and celebrated several market debuts. At Think Retail, we are thrilled to work with this iconic brand as it expands across the country. For more, visit www.lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.

Adore Cosmetics opens at Rideau Centre

August 15, 2016

At Think Retail, we are feeling the love, as Adore Cosmetics opened its new boutique at Ottawa’s revitalized CF Rideau Centre.
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.
The four-level shopping mall in the heart of the nation’s capital launched a $360-milllion major redevelopment project in 2013, adding 230,000 sq. ft. of retail and dining in a three-year project designed to turn the once-staid mall into an iconic shopping centre. It’s worked and today Rideau Centre is a mecca for best-in-class retailers: Adore Cosmetics is right at home.
Launched in 2011, Adore’s Miami-based parent company UHI Cosmetics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare products, celebrated for using creative technology and high-end ingredients for a unique product line that continues to generate a growing fan base.
Adore’s popular Organic Innovation line—based on organic extracts combined with age-defying Plant Stem Cell Technology—is a hit with celebrities and regularly appears in the best-of lists of major magazines.
Today, Adore has more than 50 boutiques around the globe and continues to expand throughout the U.S., 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 addition to the new Rideau Centre location, Adore as six stores in Canada—Fairview Pointe Claire (Quebec); Tanger Cookstown, Pickering Town Centre and Canada Pen Centre (Ontario); Southland Mall (Saskatchewan); and downtown Vancouver. 
The momentum continues and we are Think Retail were thrilled to partner with UHI Cosmetics to help expand Adore’s footprint across Canada: Adore will open this fall at Oshawa Centre in Ontario and Tsawassen Mills in British Columbia.
The company is bullish on further Canadian expansion and seeks opportunities in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, with a primary focus on 600 to 1,200 sq. ft. in super regional malls.
Adore is the perfect luxury retail tenant, offering an immersive product demonstration experience that showcases its line of more than 60 products in a beautiful destination space. The brand delivers repeat foot-traffic and one of the highest industry averages of sales per square foot.
Think Retail is delighted to work with Adore as it spreads the love across Canada. For more about this innovative company, visit www.adorecosmeticsinsights.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Bizou ramps up Ontario expansion with plans for a new boutique at Oshawa Centre

August 12, 2016

Montreal’s Bizou is making good on its plans to expand into Ontario, having signed an exciting deal to open at Oshawa Centre.
The 750 sq. ft. boutique will open December 1st, just in time for holiday shoppers to gift the company’s evolving collections of stainless steel and silver ladies fashion jewellery and accessories.
Oshawa Centre, which is owned and managed by Ivanhoe Cambridge, is a two-story shopping centre in the city of Oshawa, about 30 minutes east of Toronto. It comprises 1,040,369 sq. ft. of retail and is home to more than 230 stores and services. It is just wrapping up a $230 million renovation and Bizou will be in good company amongst a strong lineup of fashion cotenants, including a number of new retailers to open when the renovation is complete next month—Adidas, Bikini Village, Forever 21, Hot Topic, Geox, La Vie en Rose, WKLN and more.
It’s been a busy time for Bizou, which has flourished since retail veteran Marcel Labrecque opened the first boutique in 1984. Today the company has an international network of 128 stores and counting.
Earlier this year, Bizou opened at Galeries d’Anjou in Montreal and Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City. More international openings are pending—details will be announced soon.
Moving forward, the company’s expansion strategy focuses on regional malls in Ontario (as well as more openings on the international front). Ideal spaces in Canada are 500 to 850 sq. ft. in regional and super regional shopping centres, with strong co-tenants, such as, but not limited to, H&M, Zara, Sephora, Banana Republic, Fossil and Victoria’s Secret.
Bizou itself is an ideal fashion co-tenant with a modern retail experience. The company stands apart in the world of ladies fashion jewellery and accessories with a team of in-house designers, who travel the world for inspiration when creating the Bizou’s unique trend-setting collections.
We at Think Retail have worked with Bizou for nearly two decades and we are thrilled to watch this great Canadian brand go from height to height, both in Canada and on the international stage. For more information, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Think Retail welcomes industry veteran Patrick Abezis

July 26, 2016

Think Retail is growing and we are thrilled to welcome to the team industry insider Patrick Abezis.
Patrick is a multi-talented broker with 20 years experience working for both tenants and landlords, most recently as Senior VP Retail Leasing for McGill Commercial. Prior to that, he was with RDH Property Group, where he climbed the ranks for more than 15 years.
I have long admired Patrick’s work and his strong reputation. He joins Think Retail at a key time in our expansion and we are fortunate to have him on our team.
Patrick knows the market inside and out. He is a multi-skilled professional with tremendous insights. He has carved a valuable niche as a high-street specialist, who is also familiar with all of Canada’s top shopping centres.
On the client side, Patrick’s experience is impressive and wide-ranging. He has successfully completed transactions with notable retailers including, Alex & Ani, Footlocker, Urban Outfitters, House of Hoops, Editorial and many others.
We are extremely pleased to have Patrick join the firm. He started last week and will work out of our office in Montreal.
Please join us in welcoming Patrick to Think Retail. He can be reached at pna@thinkretail.ca or (514) 963-1762.

Shinola: America’s coolest brand opens its first Canadian location

July 12, 2016

After much anticipation, Think Retail is thrilled to announce that Shinola’s Queen West store in Toronto opened on the weekend. 
 The 2,300 sq. ft. space is ideally situated at 1000 Queen St. W., at the corner of Ossington Avenue, in the heart of the vibrant Queen West scene. The space lives up to expectations, making the most of the building’s high ceilings to create a vibrant retail experience that surprises and delights, from a chandelier-like bike display to beautifully merchandized pockets, ideal for browsing and buying. 
We are proud to have worked with such a unique and dynamic company on its high-profile Canadian market entry.  
Founded in 2011, Detroit-based Shinola designs and manufactures a range of luxury products that are a hit among celebrities and trendsetters. It is most famous for its watches, but it has evolved into a true lifestyle brand with an offering that ranges from belts to bicycles, pocketknives, clothing, leather accessories, headphones and more.

We quickly determined it was fitting that one of retail’s coolest brands set up shop in what Vogue magazine considers one of the World’s Coolest Neighbourhoods. 
What they’ve done with the new space on Queen West is nothing short of inspiring and no doubt Shinola will live up to its reputation for creating stores that go above and beyond the retail experience to offer a destination space for its community of customers.
 In addition to this new store, Shinola has nine stand-alone flagships in the U.S. and one in London. 
 At Think Retail, we thrive on partnering with high-end retail brands to navigate their Canadian market entry and we are excited to welcome Shinola to Canada. For more, visit the Shinola website or contact the Think Retail Team. 

Lolë pops up in Ottawa’s CF Rideau Centre

June 29, 2016

Lolë is focusing on its innovative plans to open several pop-up shops in 2016 and we are thrilled to announce a new location—at Rideau Centre in Ottawa.
The 1,041 sq. ft. store is to open in August on Level 2, part of the centre’s fresh expansion area adjacent to Steve Madden, Massimo Dutti, Anthropologie, H&M and Zara.
This is an exciting move for Lolë, which earlier this year unveiled plans to open a series of pop-up shops, a strategic move designed to elevate brand awareness and test markets where the company is interested, but not yet ready to make a long-term commitment.
In April, Lolë unveiled its first two pop-up locations—Uptown in Victoria and Orchard Park Shopping Centre in Kelowna, B.C. Uptown is a sophisticated open-air shopping centre in the heart of Greater Victoria. The mall is home to a wonderful array of tenants, providing a luxurious mix of fashion, food and more. Orchard Park is Kelowna's premier mall with more than 170 retailers and services.
Rideau Centre is another ideal venue for Lolë’s unique pop-up approach. Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, the mall is in the final stages of a major overhaul and expansion, which will add 230,000 sq. ft. of leasable area over four-levels. Lolë will be right at home amongst the array of top-tier retailers, including Simons, slated to open with the expansion this August.
Another Lolë pop-up is pending—stay tuned for details.
In the meantime, the company is interested in opening more pop-up locations, with a strong focus on Toronto, Ottawa (Westboro), London, Winnipeg and Vancouver. The scope is national, with the exception of the Province of Quebec. Well-positioned high street spaces of 1,250 to 1,500 sq. ft. are preferred, however Lolë will also consider select super regional malls.
This company is a true Canadian success story that continues to go from strength to strength in terms of brand awareness and growth. Conceived in Montreal’s Longueuil area in 2002, Lolë is now part of Quebec-based Coalision Inc., which boasts an impressive team with offices around the globe.
The company has built a loyal following for its bold and beautiful activewear clothing for women and has evolved into a true lifestyle brand, epitomized with its much-anticipated White Tour, which takes things to a whole new level this year with a series of community-powered local yoga sessions.
The 2016 Tour launched on June 21 (International Yoga Day) with sessions bringing together more than 5,000 yogis (donning white to signify peace) in 60 cities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Each session was led by a Lolë ambassador and featured live musical performances.
The phenomenon continues, with the Lolë White Tour hosting an event on Canada Day—July 1—at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. In addition, the tour will touch down in other major Canadian cities, including Toronto’s Exhibition Place (July 28) and Montreal’s Old Port (August 18).
Click here to find out more about the White Tour. To discuss this groundbreaking Canadian brand and its pop-up plans, contact the Think Retail Team.