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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