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Outdoor Coat Maker Wellensteyn Announce Plans to Open in Canada

November 22, 2022

Outdoor Coat Maker Wellensteyn Announce Plans to Open in Canada

The team behind Wellensteyn, the iconic outdoor coat company that caters to fashion and function, is sharing exciting plans to open its first store in Canada.
Slated to open in fall 2023, markets of interest includes British Columbia and Ontario. 
The Wellensteyn brand dates back to 1940s Germany when Adolf Wuttke, a welding rod dealer who made instruments used to help explore the depths of the North Sea, set out to create the best quality outerwear for men.
Initially targeted to those working in the shipyards and on the water, the parkas were made with unique waxed sailcloth designed to stand up to the elements, while keeping workers safe and warm.  
The family business, eventually taken over by Adolph’s grandson, Thomas, in the ‘90s evolved, moving beyond work wear and protective clothing to build a strong brand that offers a vast array of stylish gear. 
Today, the Wellensteyn collection is available to men and women around the globe, embodying the same dedication to quality, with an elevated focus on style. 
Its destination retail locations are a magnet for European shoppers, making it a marquee tenant. Now the company, which is available in North America through select retail partners, is ready to bring its globally recognized and growing brand to Canada. 
Think Retail is thrilled to work with the trendsetting team at Wellensteyn on it’s exciting Canadian debut. The focus is on B.C. and Ontario, with a preference for outlet malls, however high streets and super regional malls will be considered. Ideal size is 1,500 to 2,000 sq. ft. This is a high-profile brand that would make an ideal co-tenant, drawing in shoppers who appreciate Wellensteyn’s combination of history and innovation.
For more information about this iconic European brand and the Wellensteyn growth plans, contact the Think Retail team. 

Women-only boxing circuit fitness concept 30 Minute Hit seeking sites for Canadian growth!

November 01, 2022

Women-only boxing circuit fitness concept 30 Minute Hit seeking sites for Canadian growth!

30 Minute Hit, an action-packed and accessible boxing/kickboxing circuit workout designed for women, is kicking things up a notch with expansion plans for target markets in Canada.
30 Minute Hit operates close to 100 locations across Canada, USA, Saudi Arabia and is soon to be expanding in the UK. In Canada, the company is primarily focused on expanding in Ontario, and markets of immediate interest include Markville, Vaughan, Ottawa and Burlington.
Think Retail is thrilled to be working with the team behind this fast-paced, challenging and empowering fitness program that appeals to time-strapped fitness enthusiasts with a dynamic express program.
This is a Canadian concept, founded in British Columbia in 2004 by husband and wife team Deanna and Jackson Loychuck: Franchise Business Review named the well-established company a Top 50 Franchise, and the circuit workout combines several hot fitness trends.
There are 13 stations, and each two-minute round taps into boxing, kickboxing, general self-defense, and core stability training to challenge and deliver results. With an upbeat vibe and great music, these are spaces where women want to meet and hang out.
Fused with a sense of fun and community, this turnkey business concept attracts entrepreneurs who want to create a destination where women feel a sense of belonging and support on their journey to reach their goals in health and wellness. Franchisees tap into valuable training and are provided with the tools they need to make their business succeed, including lead generation, ongoing support and much more.
This is an ideal tenant with a valuable target market—women ages 13 to 65 seeking a flexible quick-hit workout designed for all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. The business tends to generate a loyal customer base and drives regular foot traffic that also would benefit co-tenants.
This is a dynamic concept, and we are excited to be part of the 30 Minute Hit expansion journey. For more info, check out www.30minutehit.com and contact the Think Retail team.

Travellers Currency Exchange is ready for the travel boom

October 14, 2022

Travellers Currency Exchange is ready for the travel boom

Travellers Currency Exchange (TCX) is marking the opening of its 16th location with at 150 sq.-ft. kiosk at Promenades Gatineau.
Promenades Gatineau is well located in Canada's National Capital Region at the busy intersection of Gréber and Maloney Boulevards, just off Autoroute 50, in Gatineau Que. Owned by Oxford Properties, it is home to more than 150 stores.
This is just the beginning of a period of exciting expansion for the reputable foreign exchange provider. TCX is filling a gap in the market, taking over former International Currency Exchange locations in enclosed malls and converting them to the TCX banner. 
Offering experienced, secure and reliable services, TCX brings to the table more than 40 years foreign exchange experience.
TSX now operates two locations in British Columbia, two in Alberta, four in Ontario and, including the new Gatineau site, eight in Quebec. 
As people get back to travelling, the demand for foreign currency continues to increase. TCX makes it easy and stress-free, with a handy Click & Collect service—customers simply order currency online and pick up at a convenience location.
The company is ramping up expansion, with a focus on growth in British Columbia and Ontario, particularly in regional and super regional malls, as well as large open-air centres. Kiosks of about 150 sq. ft. are preferred, however inline locations of 300 to 500 sq. ft. are also an option. 
Think Retail is thrilled to work with the TCX team as they build their footprint across Canada. For more information, contact the Think Retail Team.

France’s Columbus Café & Co is taking over Montreal’s coffee scene

October 13, 2022

France’s Columbus Café & Co is taking over Montreal’s coffee scene

Columbus Café & Co, the famed French coffee house, is expanding in Quebec with an ambitious goal of opening a new location every month. 
The dynamic brand is well on its way of this goal, with two recent openings and another scheduled to open nex week. 
Recent openings include two Montreal locations at 262 and 2153 rue Sainte-Catherine. Next week marks the debut of a 2,088-sq.-ft. location with drive-thru at 269 Rue Sicard in Sainte-Thérèse, Que. Plus, another Columbus Café & Co is under construction at 5526 Ave de Monkland, a 1300-sq.-ft. former Starbucks space. 
In addition, in the spring, Columbus Café & Co opened a 910-sq.-ft. café at Carrefour Laval, just in front of Simons.
It’s been an incredible year for Columbus Café & Co, which is taking over the region by taking over spaces vacated by Starbucks. Since making its North American debut in 2020 on Mont-Royal Avenue in Montreal, followed by another site on Park Avenue, Columbus Café & Co has been winning over the people of Quebec, who love the dynamic atmosphere, engaging menu and, of course, the premium coffee products. 
Founded in France in 1994, Columbus Café & Co quickly became a favourite Parisian coffeehouse and in 2001, the company kicked off its international expansion in Brussels, then began franchising in 2007. 
Today, there are more than 200 locations across France and internationally, with the company opening about 30 new locations a year of late. 
Think Retail team is thrilled to be part of Columbus Café & Co’s expansion in Quebec—it’s a pleasure to work with a dynamic international brand that embodies such a strong vision. 
The concept is full of personality; from the bear on its logo to its fresh sophisticated spaces, with warm woods and pops of blue and yellow. It’s the perfect addition to any neighbourhood seeking a high-end coffee shop. Plus, the menu—sandwiches, salads and Buddha bowls, plus an array of quality baked goods and sweet treats—keeps customers coming back throughout the dayparts, from breakfast through lunch, an afternoon coffee break, dinner and an evening catch up with friends. 
The French café is well positioned for high-traffic street locations in Montreal, as well as drive thru opportunities in other cities. Markets of interest include, but are in no way limited to, the South Shore, West Island, Sherbrooke and more. Columbus will also consider busy open-air centres. The ideal size is 1,300 to 2,000 sq. ft. 
For more information about Columbus Café & Co’s vision, contact the contact the Think Retail Team

Nailed it! Trendy and new, Meili Nails is ready for expansion

October 12, 2022

Nailed it! Trendy and new, Meili Nails is ready for expansion

Meili Nails, a fun new retail nail bar concept, is ready to establish its brand and its footprint in Ontario. 
The start-up offers nail care services, such as manicures, nail enhancements and gels, as well as facials. 
The spaces will be super on trend, fun and feminine, with a nod to Asian culture. This new concept is about more than nails, it reflects a trendy lifestyle in a gorgeous and setting that the visionaries behind the business describe as “irresistibly chic, a little bougie and perfectly pink.”
The idea is to create a space that is at once relaxing and Instagrammable. Sites are to feature eight nail stations, as well as two facial rooms. Every shop will feature a welcoming reception area with a retail wall offering premium creams and products for facials. 
Ideal spaces are about 1000 sq. ft. in regional and super regional malls, as well as prominent urban street locations.
Think Retail is excited to work with the team behind this unique concept to set the groundwork for success and growth. 
Nails are big business and an affordable luxury for many consumers, who choose to express themselves through nail art, as well as those who simply want a little pick-me-up or a polished look for returning to the office. The global nail care market is growing at a CAGR of 2.3% and is expected to reach $11.6 billion by 2027, according to researchers. 
To find out more about Meili Nails and why it would make an ideal tenant—think repeat foot traffic and a desirable demographic—contact the Think Retail team. 

Oscar Wylee sets sights on three new stores, with 15 more to come

August 31, 2022

Oscar Wylee sets sights on three new stores, with 15 more to come

Eyewear and eye care company Oscar Wylee is to open three new locations, after signing leases with some of Canada’s top shopping centres.
First up, Oscar Wylee is to open at CF Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C. before the end of the year. In addition, the company plans to open in Q1 2023 at CF Markville, a premium shopping centre with more than 140 stores in Markham, Ont., and CF Carrefour Laval in Laval, Quebec.
The Richmond and Laval locations mark provincial debuts for the brand and what amazing regional shopping centres in which to make its mark. Oscar Wylee will be right at home among top-tier retailers at some of the countries marquee shopping destinations. 
Cadillac Fairview (CF), which is a globally focused owner, operator, investor and developer of best-in-class real estate across retail, office, residential, industrial and mixed-use asset classes, own all three shopping centres. 
This hat trick of upcoming openings comes hot on the heels of Oscar Wylee unveiling its sixth location in Canada in June—a 1,094-sq.-ft. store at Oshawa Centre, Durham Region’s largest shopping centre. 
What a year it’s been! The Australian company debuted here in September 2021, opening at West Edmonton Mall in September, followed by 1,000-sq.-ft. stores at Halifax Shopping Centre and Market Mall in Calgary. In December, Oscar Wylee opened at Sherway Gardens in Etobicoke, Ont. 
Oscar Wylee stores are modern and fresh, reflecting the brand’s strong design ethos. The welcoming spaces feature light wood floors and fixtures, as well as great lighting, which is essential for the eyeglass shopping experience. 
Of course Oscar Wylee stores offer more than eyewear. The concept, which started as a small ecommerce operation selling glasses online-only before Bob and Jack Teoh purchased the company in 2012, sets itself apart through its joint-venture program. The brothers opened the first physical Oscar Wylee store in 2015 and the company continues to partner with optometrists, providing a one-stop solution for professional eye care and exams, as well as the retail experience. In addition to attractive prices and designs, Oscar Wylee has its own line of fashion-forward frames, providing customers with an elevated and affordable offering they won’t find anywhere else. 
Since 2012, Oscar Wylee has grown into a strong global brand, with more than 125 stores in three countries and the extraordinary growth shows no signs of stopping. 
In Canada, the company aims to open 15 stores in 2023—markets of interest include, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec.  Ideal spaces are 800 to 1,000 sq. ft. (20 ft. wide) in shopping malls and along busy high streets in proximity to fashion or general merchandise retailers.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with the visionary Oscar Wylee team. For more about this exciting roll out, contact the Think Retail team.