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U.S. Retailers Invade Canada: Are you next?

January 14, 2016

It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for retail in Canada! The industry is thriving and attracting retailers from around the world who want to capitalize on the opportunities to grow and prosper.  
At Think Retail, we are excited to be part of the action, having worked in recent years with a number of amazing retailers on their Canadian market entry. That list includes everyone from Fossil to Pinkberry, Shinola, Le Crueset, American Apparel, Crabtree & Evelyn, Sarah Pacini, Filson and many others. 
Retail Insider recently published an interesting list of 28 high-profile brands that made their Canadian debut in 2015. From Aesop to Alex & Ani, COS, Christian Dior, F21 Red, Gerry Weber, Longchamp, Reiss and Torrid, it was a stellar year for international retailers entering Canada. (CLICK HERE for the full list.)
We have been saying for years that Canada’s retail scene was ripe for a major evolution and it’s happening. 
In recent years, the market has gone from strength to strength, with the opening of new outlet centres, the redevelopment of high-end shopping centres and the market entry of high-profile U.S. and international retailers, including Loft, J. Crew, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Uniqlo, Moncler and Muji to name a few.
Still, consumers want more and the market remains undersaturated. The University of Alberta School of Retailing just published a study that reveals a new crop of international brands and retailers that are confirmed to be entering Canada over the next several years. 
In addition to how this will affect the market and competition, the study discusses the challenges international retailers may face when entering Canada and navigating its diverse geographical and cultural landscape. 
With that in mind, it’s more important than ever that international retailers have an expert on the ground with the right insight and contacts.
With more than 25 years experience in retail real estate, we believe that Think Retail team is that partner. 
We focus exclusively on retail real estate services for tenants, offering a hands-on, personalized approach that encompasses developing and implementing Canadian market entries from planning to touring, introductions, meeting facilitation and managing lease negotiations. We have extensive industry knowledge and relationships with landlords coast to coast, which ensure international clients enjoy a smooth transition. 
Now is the perfect time to make a move and join the growing number of international retailers finding huge success and capitalizing on growth opportunities here in Canada. 
I am always happy to make the time to discuss with interested retailers a potential Canadian market entry. I invite you to contact the Think Retail Team to set up a phone call or in-person meeting at your convenience.