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The timing is right for Watch Station International’s debut in B.C.

July 14, 2015

The timing is right for Watch Station International’s debut in B.C.

Watch Station International is among an esteemed group of retailers now open and poised to make McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport an amazing West Coast outlet-shopping destination.

As an international leader in fashion and designer luxury timepieces, Watch Station is well positioned among the outlet centre’s higher-end tenant mix. The company curates a collection of watches for every occasion and features a wide variety of styles from upscale brands, including Fossil, Michael Kors, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Zodiac, Diesel, DKNY, Karl Lagerfeld, Emporio Armani, Michele, Skagen and more. Prices range from about $150 to $2,500.

Watch Station is owned by Fossil, which purchased the retail chain from Luxottica/Sunglass Hut in December 2007. Today Watch Station has stores throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada.

At Think Retail, we are delighted to have worked with Watch Station since it entered the Canadian market in spring 2012, with a 1,250 sq. ft. store at the country’ first major outlet centre, Vaughan Mills, just north of Toronto, followed that summer by another at CrossIron Mills in Rocky View, AB.

Since then, it’s been exciting to watch the retailer’s expansion as new outlet malls began opening across Canada.

In August 2013, Watch Station unveiled a 1,200 sq. ft. store at Toronto Premium Outlets in Halton Hills, Ont. (just west of downtown Toronto), a joint venture between Simon Property Group and Toronto-based Calloway REIT, and in 2014 at Tanger Ottawa Outlets and Montreal Premium Outlets.

McArthur Glen marks the retailer’s sixth location in Canada. Watch Station will continue to expand here and is interested major market outlet opportunities only, with a particular emphasis on British Columbia, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Ontario.

Ideal spaces are 1,000 to 1,200 sq. ft. (with minimum width of 23.5 ft.) and suitable fashion co-tenants include, Michael Kors, Coach, Polo, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger and Kate Spade.

Watch Station also continues to grow internationally and landlords around the globe laud the brand for its successful retail mix, which delivers sales in excess of $2,000 per square foot.

For additional information about this hot brand and its expansion at outlet centres in Canada, visit www.watchstation.com or contact the Think Retail team.