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Le Naturiste Announce Deal With GHA Design and Confirm Expansion Plans

April 09, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Think Retail has been retained by Montreal based, Le Naturiste to manage their new store growth.

Founded in 1968, Le Naturiste is widely regarded as one of the leading specialists in the sale of natural health and wellness products. Today, the company operates 80 stores in Quebec and New Brunswick.

Le Naturiste was purchased last year by Melanie Kau and Stephen Rosenhek. Both have extensive retail backgrounds. Up until recently, Melanie was President of top Canadian furniture chain Mobilia. Stephen was Managing Partner at RSM Richter Chamberland. They are now bringing fresh ideas to Le Naturiste and are committed to reinvigorating this great brand.

Over the past couple of weeks, I have spent some time with Melanie and have been thoroughly impressed to hear from her, about many of the new initiatives that are now underway.  While I cannot disclose all of the details, here's a quick overview of some of the exciting changes.

First, Le Naturiste has hired award winning retail designer GHA Design to develop a brand new store design prototype. The GHA team is uber talented and always bring forth designs that are both engaging, and offer memorable consumer experiences. I am fortunate to have received a sneak peak at the renderings of the new prototype and will attest that it is a radical departure from its predecessor. The new store will be organic and highly interactive.

Further to the above, the company's website is now scheduled to be completely overhauled. The goal of the re-design is to provide a more compelling and efficient online shopping experience.

Also, Le Naturiste will soon be introducing into their stores, many new health and wellness products.  

Looking forward, Le Naturiste is now poised for steady growth and have scheduled 2-3 new openings in the next 12 months. Markets of interest include Montreal (north and south shore) and Ottawa. Super regional (and regional) and high street locations will be considered. Size required is 1000 sq.ft.

For additional information on Le Naturiste, please visit their website at www.lenaturiste.com.