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French chocolatier Jeff de Bruges brings decadent treats to Quebec

April 23, 2018

French chocolatier and ice cream house Jeff de Bruges has a taste for Quebec expansion, with plans to open two delicious new locations.
Philippe Jambon created the retail concept in France in 1986 and began franchising in 1988. The company introduced ice cream to the retail mix in 1990 and dialed up growth.
Today Jeff de Bruges operates more than 500 stores across France, including corporate and franchises, and 38 international locations, including one in Canada.
The popular retail concept debuted here in 2014 at Place Montreal Trust and continues to draw followers, who love its combination of exquisite Belgian chocolates, as well as ice cream and other treats.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with Jeff de Bruges as it moves ahead with plans to open two additional locations in Quebec. Ideal spaces are 700 to 1,000 sq. ft., with a primary focus on super regional malls.
This is a wonderful tenant that draws repeat customers seeking beautiful gifts or personal indulgences. While chocolates are imported from Belgium, in Canada, the company works local ice cream brand Bilboque.
Jeff de Bruges stores are fresh and fun, with a modern turquoise and brown palette, as well as large windows so passersby are drawn in to explore and spend. The overall feel is industrial chic and items are displayed in unique ways, such as the wall-mounted chocolate tablet, for an in-store experience that is comfortable, yet upscale.
Products are beautifully packaged and gifts are personalized in store with ribbons and keepsake boxes.
Jeff de Bruges is a strong brand with international presence and is ideally positioned to expand in Canada. The company has huge market awareness in Europe and boasts turnover of more than $330 million in 2017.
For more about this fantastic brand and its growth plans for Quebec, explore the Jeff de Bruges website, or contact the Think Retail team.

Boo! L’Entrepot de Halloween pops up for Halloween

April 19, 2018

While we are still waiting for spring, L’Entrepot de Halloween is already looking ahead to fall, as it seeks pop-up locations in the lead up to its busy Halloween season.
Dubbed “Montreal’s best costume store,” L’Entrepot de Halloween plans to open two pop up stores in the city to handle high demand in the lead up to Halloween.  
Founded 27 years ago by Steve Schneider, the concept sells all things Halloween, from a wide-range of quality costumes to seasonal home décor and treats. The company takes pride in its strong reputation for offering great customer service, and great value to clients. It’s a destination retailer and people return year after year for inspiration and the latest trends.
Ideally pop-up stores will operate for about six weeks in the lead up to Halloween and an August 15 possession is optimal. L’Entrepot de Halloween can work with a range of sizes, from 2,500 to 5,000 sq. ft. They will consider both high streets and super regional malls.
This is a fabulous tenant guaranteed to generate major traffic during the lull between the back-so-school and holiday shopping seasons.
Studies show Canadians love to spend on Halloween and numbers continue to increase year after year. Data shows Canadians spend more than $400 million on the season, even outdoing our American counterparts in terms of per capita spending. It’s second only to Christmas in terms of holiday spending. A 2016 RetailMeNot survey showed average purchases:$52 for costumes$43 for decorations$42 for candy.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with L’Entrepot de Halloween on its seasonal pop-up strategy. For more about this innovative Montreal company, visit www.entrepothalloween.com or contact the Think Retail team.

Luxury preserved flower and gift boutique CocoAge to debut in Toronto

April 16, 2018

Cocoàge is bringing its luxury shopping experience to Canada, with plans to introduce the brand to high-end gift connoisseurs, with the opening of three to five decadent boutiques.
Miami-based Universal Handicraft Inc. is introducing this exciting new concept, which focuses on a unique collection of exquisite preserved flowers in luxurious paper boxes, as well as acrylic clear square boxes, ideal for displaying.  Packaged in 12, 24, 36 and 48, the flowers are the ultimate high-end gift, ranging in price from $200 to $500. However, these are next-level flowers that will last between three and five years with the proper care. They come in an array of colours to represent any occasion, such as love, friendship and remembrance. And, they can be paired with Cocoàge’ exclusive collection of exquisite chocolate products, ranging from chocolate bars to truffles, toffees, chocolate-covered nuts, gourmet popcorn and more. Again, the chocolate is next level, with marquee items, including gold-infused Belgium milk chocolate bars.
In store, concierge-style staff will greet shoppers, who will immerse themselves in a VIP experience that includes browsing, as well as sampling, in the lounge-like stores. Designed to exert warmth, with colors and lighting to set a calm, romantic mood, guests relax in comfortable armchairs, while staff showcase flowers, treats, gifts options and offer taste tests.
This isn’t your regular fare, but beautifully packages items that make for statement gifting or indulgent treats.
Universal Handicraft plans to introduce the unique concept in Canada by opening up to five locations this year. The initial focus is on Toronto. Ideal spaces are 700 to 1,000 sq. ft. in super regional shopping centres. Cocoàge is an ideal luxury co-tenant that will draw destination visitors and repeat shoppers.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with the Universal Handicraft team on this exciting market launch. The company is also expanding the concept in the United States.

For information about this groundbreaking retail concept, contact the Think Retail Team.

Copper Branch revolutionizes fast-casual, confirming 20 new locations

April 10, 2018

Eat clean, feel empowered, live inspired—a philosophy Copper Branch holds true to their core. Copper Branch is redefining the fast-casual experience, with plans to open over 20 new 100% plant-based restaurants across North America.
With their chef-inspired, 100% plant-based power food menu, Copper Branch is quickly establishing itself as a refreshing alternative to the usual fast-casual fare, serving real food designed for health-conscious, time-strapped consumers.  Established in Montreal in 2014, today Copper Branch operates 17 locations—13 in Quebec and 4 in Ontario—and will more than double its footprint by the end of the year.The company continues its push into Ontario, with several restaurants slated to open: Markham, 180 Enterprise Blvd. (spring)Peterborough, 1140 Lansdowne St. W. (spring)Bowmanville, 2377 Durham Regional Hwy 2 (summer)Kingston, 268 Princess St. (summer)Oakville, 246 Hays Blvd. (fall)Newmarket, 18267 Yonge St, East Gwillimbury (fall)Mississauga, 6055 Mavis Rd, Unit B, Heartland Town Centre (fall)Ottawa, 350 Albert St., Constitution Square and Ottawa Train Yards.Copper Branch is focused on international expansion, continuing their food revolution with 30 new locations in the works for 2019.
In addition, the company is to open six confirmed locations in its home province of Quebec, including:Candiac, Quebec, 3 Boulevard de Sardaigne (spring)Anjou, Montreal, Galeries d’Anjou (summer)Rimouski, Quebec, 2ieme Rue et de L’Avenue Léonidas (2019)Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec (2019)Montreal, 111 Duke St. St. Laurent, Montreal, Cote VertuAnd, in more exciting news, Copper Branch plans to enter two new markets this year—Alberta and British Columbia, namely Calgary and Vancouver.The plant-based concept’s time has come. After 25 years owning several traditional fast-food franchises, entrepreneur Rio Infantino set out to revolutionize the fast-casual experience with nourishing gourmet power foods designed to appeal to a mainstream audience seeking clean healthy meal options.The idea is resonating and Think Retail is thrilled to work with this forward-thinking company, as it opens restaurants and enters new markets across Canada. Ideal spaces are 1,250 to 2,000 sq. ft. in open-air centres and 450 to 1,500 sq. ft. in enclosed malls.I encourage you to check out Copper Branch’s innovative menu at www.copperbranch.ca: It will have en die-hard carnivores salivating. To chat about the company’s vision for growth, contact the Think Retail Team.

Bizou focuses on train stations as it opens six new locations in France

April 09, 2018

All aboard! Montreal-based Bizou is celebrating the opening of three new boutiques in train stations and shopping centres across France, with three more opening soon.
The company recently opened in and around Paris: Gare de L’Est, Carré-Sénart  and Italie2 . Next up, Gare de Lyon in April, Gare St-Lazare in July and Gare Châtelet-Les Halles in October.
It’s an extraordinarily exciting time for this great Canadian brand, which also has reached agreement through a licensee to open two boutiques on Mauritius Island, formerly Iles Maurice. One will open at Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius in October and another is slated for December.
Bizou has an incredible back story: Marcel Labrecque debuted his first women’s jewellery and fashion accessories boutique in Montreal in 1984 and today the family-owned company operates 106 stores around the globe, including 96 in Canada.
In addition to its international efforts, Bizou continues strong expansion here at home. It opened at CF Masonville Place in London, Ont. last summer, part of an ongoing effort to build its presence across the province.
The company is looking to open boutiques in high-traffic train stations and airports in Ontario and Quebec. In addition, Bizou is interested in 450 to 800 sq. ft. in super regional centres in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as Toronto’s PATH. 
Bizou is the ultimate fashion co-tenant, with fresh modern stores that provide the ideal backdrop for its unique collections. Much of it stainless steel and sterling silver jewellery is the work of in-house designers, who travel the world for inspiration and to stay on top of the latest trends. You don’t find these products anywhere else, making Bizou a destination retailer.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with the Bizou team as they embrace the next phase of expansion, both here at home and around the globe.
For more about Bizou, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Adore to open luxury boutique at Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport

March 16, 2018

Adore Cosmetics is breaking into fresh markets with plans to open one of its signature luxury boutiques at Premium Outlet Collection Edmonton International Airport.
Canada is a key part of the company’s vision for global expansion. The leading purveyor of organic skin care and beauty products opened two marquee stores here last year—Yorkville’s upscale Holt Renfrew Centre and the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg.
Adore Cosmetics is a brand on fire, moving from strength to strength, as it builds a loyal and high-profile following for its array of innovative skincare products. It constantly hits must-have lists and its 24-K Golden Touch Magnetic Facial Mask—retailing at $995—is a social media star unto itself, with everyone from celebrities to magazine editors eager to get their hands on it to post online demos and reviews.
Based in Miami Beach, Florida, the company launched in 2001 and quickly established itself as something completely different in the skincare market. It maintains quality by controlling every step of the process, from researching, manufacturing and wholesaling, to creating a spa-like retail experience.
Its collection of more than 60 innovative products offers a unique combination of creative technology and high-end ingredients—the pinnacle being its use of organic stem cells.
As Adore Cosmetics expands around the globe, it is interested in bringing its luxury retail experience—both full price and outlet—to more Canadian markets, particularly Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.
Its boutiques are a perfect fit for higher-end retail centres. Ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft., with enough room to accommodate product demonstration stations where consumers can experience firsthand the best in anti-aging skincare.
For more about Adore and its expansion in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.