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Bizou to open two Ontario stores this fall

July 07, 2015

Canadian fashion accessories specialist Bizou is making good on its goal to solidify its presence in Ontario, with plans to debut two stores in the province this fall.



The retailer is a wonderful Canadian success story, making exciting progress with expansion plans on the domestic and international fronts.



Founded in 1984 by veteran retail Marcel Labrecque, today Bizou operates more 123 stores as well as France and Saudi Arabia.



Bizou already has six stores in Ontario and recently signed deals with two notable regional shopping centres. As a result, the company is now preparing to open a 750 sq. ft. boutique in Georgian Mall in Barrie and a 550 sq. ft. in Ottawa’s St. Laurent Centre. Both are slated to open this fall, which will be busy for Bizou, as it’s also gearing up to unveil a new inline store in Les Promenades Gatineau—this is a response to the brand’s huge appeal and will replace its popular kiosk location in the busy shopping centre.  



The company continues to focus on further expansion in Ontario, with an eye on opening at least five more stores in the next 12 to 15 months. Ideal spaces are 500 to 850 sq. ft. in 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.



While the primary focus in Canada is on further building the brand’s profile and expanding in Ontario, Bizou is also looking at infill markets in its strongholds of Quebec, where it has 90 stores, and the Maritime Region, where it has seven stores in New Brunswick, four in Nova Scotia and one in PEI, as well as Newfoundland, where it has three locations.



Bizou, which specializes in ladies fashion jewelry and accessories, is adept at setting itself apart from other retailers: The majority of its stainless steel and sterling silver jewellery collection are the unique work of in-house designers. The savvy team travels the world for inspiration, creating pieces that ensure the company is ahead of the curve and setting, not just following, the latest trends.



As a result, Bizou’s sales have increased for five straight years. Customers are drawn to the company’s fresh, modern store design and its unique offerings, which are highly desirable, but also affordable.



The Montreal-based company has built a massive fan base and, in turn, the last few years have been busy, as it positions itself for aggressive and exciting growth.



Last year, Bizou opened in several marquee locations in Canada, including Montreal Premium Outlets, Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport; and Place d’Orleans.



At Think Retail, we are honoured to have worked with this impressive Canadian brand for more than 17 years. Its wonderful to be part of its growth plans here, while also watching it flourish on the international front.




In 2013, it opened its first store beyond our borders, at La Toison Dor in Dijon, France. In September 2014, Bizou made its debut in Saudi Arabia, at Panorama Mall in Riyadh.  This year, Bizou will open four more stores at destination shopping centres in the Kingdom. In addition, two will open in United Arab Emirates and another in Bahrain. Deals are already in place to open 17 stores in these markets by 2017, with more to come.



It’s an impressive evolution for a concept that started as a single boutique in Montreal more than 30 years ago. Today, Bizou is a Canadian retail success story, as it continues to expand and shine, both at home and on the international stage.



For more information about this exciting brand, visit www.bizou.com, or contact the Think Retail Team.