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Bizou charts new territories with exciting expansion plans

April 29, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that Bizou is now open at Galeries d’Anjou in Montreal and Galeries de la Capitale in Quebec City.
It’s been a busy first quarter for this Canadian success story, which started as a single Montreal boutique in 1984 and has grown to an international network of 128 stores and counting.
Founded by veteran retailer Marcel Labrecque, Bizou is known for its ladies fashion jewellery and accessories. The majority of its stainless steel and sterling silver collections are the unique work of a trend-setting team of in-house designers, who travel the world for inspiration.
Now the company itself is a retail inspiration and we at Think Retail are excited to work with Bizou as it charts new territories.
Last fall, Bizou ramped up its foray into Ontario, opening at two notable regional shopping centres—a 600 sq. ft. boutique at Georgian Mall in Barrie, Ont. and a 750 sq. ft. store in Ottawa’s St. Laurent Centre. (Bizou also opened its second store at Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport and a new 800 sq. ft. inline store in Les Promenades Gatineau.)
As part of its goal to further expand its footprint in Ontario, the company will soon announce a new deal at a super regional mall in the province. Two more openings are planned this year and the focus is on 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 co-tenant with a strong fashion appeal and modern retail experience that incites a loyal following: It’s no wonder sales have increased for six straight years. This is truly a company on the upswing and the potential is massive.
Further afield, Bizou continues to go from strength to strength building its global retail presence (it opened its first international store in 2013 at La Toison Dor in Dijon, France and the following year debuted in Saudi Arabia).In February, the company opened its first location in Bahrain and is to open in September at Mirqab Mall in Qatar. In addition, Bizou has just signed license agreements in Kuwait and Oman—four stores are slated to open in these markets in the next 12 months.
Think Retail has worked with Bizou for nearly two decades and it is a thrill to watch this Canadian retailer chart new territories—both in terms of unique product designs and its growth on the domestic and international fronts. For more information about Bizou, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.