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Revolutionizing QSR - Vegan eatery Copper Branch kicks of major expansion with Carrefour Laval debut

December 06, 2017

Copper Branch is giving hungry shoppers a fresh and refreshing alternative to the usual fast-casual fare, with a new restaurant at CF Carrefour Laval.
Serving up its signature power foods, the 600-sq.-ft. vegan eatery brings this exciting and innovative company one step closer to taking plant-based foods mainstream, with a mouth-watering menu featuring “real” fast food designed for health-conscious time-strapped consumers.  
Well positioned facing the food court, Copper Branch is firmly establishing itself as the leader in healthy fast-casual dining and the company continues to go from strength to strength.Established in Montreal in 2014, Copper Branch is the brainchild of entrepreneur Rio Infantino. After 25 years owning several traditional fast food franchises, he set out to revamp the QSR experience by introducing nourishing gourmet plant based power foods designed to appeal beyond card-carrying vegetarians, to a more mainstream audience seeking clean healthy meal options.
The fast-growing company’s simple mission is resonating with its target—serve quality, whole foods and offer the world real food as fast food for a change.The Carrefour Laval restaurant represents Copper Branch’s 14th location and its first with Cadillac Fairview. In 2016, the company reached another milestone, opening it’s first Ontario location in Brooklin Ont, just north of Whitby.  Then in 2017, Copper Branch opened its first restaurant in Toronto—a 675 sq. ft. eatery at Commerce Court’s revamped food court.Think Retail is thrilled to work with the innovative Copper Branch team as it sets out to open 20 locations in 2018 and at least 24 more the following year. This is a concept whose time has come and consumers, along with savvy landlords, are embracing this marquee tenant.
Several openings are already confirmed for 2018, including: - Place Laurier (Ottawa and the first location with Ivanhoe Cambridge)
- Sherbrooke Street (Westmount in Montreal)
- Place Bell (Laval, Que.)
- Downtown Markham, Ont.
- North Barrie Crossing (Barrie, Ont.)
- Waterloo, Ont.
- Yonge Green Lane Common (Newmarket, Ont.)
- Duke Street (Griffintown, Montreal)
- Côte-Vertu (Saint-Laurent in Montreal)
- Centre Saint Charles (Kirkland, Que.)
- SmartCentres Oakville (Oakville, Ont.)
- Peterborough, Ont.
- Bloor West Village
- Boucherville
Copper Branch is continuing to expand in Ontario and Quebec, while also looking to make inroads in Western Canada. Specifically they seek sites to open restaurants in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver. Ideal spaces are 1,250 to 2,000 sq. ft. in open-air centres and 450 to 1,500 sq. ft. in enclosed malls. 
For more, visit www.copperbranch.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.

Adore brings a hint of luxury to Canadian shopping centres

December 04, 2017

Skincare savvy Canadians are one step closer to attaining supermodel status, with the recent opening of two luxurious Adore Cosmetics boutiques.
The leading purveyor of organic skin care and beauty products is now a main attraction at Yorkville’s recently reimagined upscale Holt Renfrew Centre (the unofficial anchor of Toronto’s Mink Mile) and the newly constructed Outlet Collection Winnipeg.
Supermodel Erin Heatherton, best known for her work with Victoria’s Secret, is the face of a the company and speaks to its effectiveness: "I love the concept and message behind Adore Cosmetics and their Adore Yourself campaign, using only organic stem cells in their formulas and reminding women to love the skin they're in. I knew this was the perfect brand to align myself with. The research and precision put into their products is unrivaled in this industry and my skin has truly never looked healthier since I started using their line."
Launched in 2001, Adore Cosmetics is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare products. Based in Miami Beach, Florida, the company does it all, from researching, manufacturing, wholesaling and creating a retail experience designed to highlight its unique combination of creative technology and high-end ingredients.
The result is a collection of more than 60 effective products that are consistently celebrated in fashion, health and business magazines, not to mention the countless celebrities that created a social media furor praising the much-coveted 24-karent Golden Touch Magnetic Facial Mask—retailing at $995, it’s the perfect stocking stuffer for the 1%.
Adore Cosmetics continues to expand its retail footprint around the globe and has more than 70 stores, with plans to open another 10 to 15 in the next couple of years. The company is interested in bringing its luxury retail experience to more Canadians and markets of interest include, Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.
The spa-like boutiques are ideally 500 to 1,200 sq. ft. and Adore is the perfect fit for centres cultivating a higher-end tenant offering. The beautifully designed spaces are at once serene and inspiring, with product demonstration stations that invite consumers to experience the best in anti-aging skincare.
Adore is a proven marquee tenant that delivers repeat foot-traffic and among the highest industry averages of sales per square foot. What’s not to love?
For more about Adore and its plans in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.

Sherwin-Williams continues Canadian expansion strategy

October 25, 2017

A household name in quality paints, Sherwin-Williams has a strong Canadian heritage and Think Retail is delighted to report, a strong vision for growth nationwide.
It’s exciting to celebrate a retail brand with true staying power. The company was founded in Cleveland, Ohio in 1866 as Sherwin-Williams Paints. After opening the first Canadian store in 1894, Ontario-born Walter H. Cottingham became its second president in 1909, helping grow the brand through innovation and acquisition.Today Sherwin-Williams is the largest producer of paint in the world and its products are sold through a wide network of distributors including, home centres, independent retailers, mass merchandisers, and through more than 4,200 company-operated paint stores. The Fortune 500 Company generates over US$15 billion in annual sales.
In Canada, Sherwin-Williams has an impressive footprint, with more than 225 stores—46 in British Columbia, 28 in Alberta, 7 in Saskatchewan, 8 in Manitoba, 88 in Ontario, 37 in Quebec, 4 in New Brunswick, 2 in Newfoundland, 6 in Nova Scotia and one in PEI.
With a 3 year Canadian growth rate of 26% (48 new stores) Sherwin-Williams are expanding steadily across the country, with additional focus on the Quebec market, namely greater Montreal and Quebec City.
Ideal storefronts are 2,500 to 4,000 sq. ft. along high streets and in open-air centres.
Think Retail is thrilled to work with this platinum brand on its Quebec expansion (the company works with Webster Retail in Ontario). For more, visit the Sherwin-Williams website or, to discuss growing retailers in Canada, contact the Think Retail team.

Paris and London (Ontario), Bizou boutiques opening around the globe

September 27, 2017

Montreal-based Bizou is shining in new markets, both in Canada and around the globe.
We are delighted to announce that Bizou is now open at CF Masonville Place in London, Ont., part of a larger strategy to expand across Ontario. Next up, Canada’s own Bizou is opening at Gare de L’Est in Paris this month and plans for another store are in the works for Carré Sénart, just south of Paris.
It’s an incredible time for the brand, which debuted its first boutique in Montreal in 1984: Today Bizou boasts a global network of more than 130 stores and counting. 
Its latest, a 558 sq. ft. boutique at CF Masonville Place, opened this summer. The premium shopping centre is an ideal fit for the Bizou brand—Masonville Place recently completed a $77-million expansion and redevelopment, during which it welcomed a number of other best-in-class retailers, including Zara, H&M, Sport Chek, Disney, Sephora and Saje, as well as new restaurants and services. 
And, Bizou really is their ultimate fashion co-tenant. The company offers a well-honed modern retail experience, with the right mix of sophistication and fun. It’s jewellery and accessories are unique, with the majority of its stainless steel and sterling silver collections coming from an inspired group of in-house designers, who travel the world to stay ahead of the latest trends. 
Moving forward, Bizou continues to lay the foundation for its expansion across Canada. Four stores are already in the works for the next six months and the plan is to open four more in 2018. 
Ideal spaces are 450 to 800 sq. ft. in super regional malls across the country, with a particular focus on Ontario. Bizou also continues to build its footprint in its home province of Quebec, where it has more than 90 stores, and the Maritime Region, where it has seven stores in New Brunswick, four in Nova Scotia and one in PEI, as well as Newfoundland, where it has three locations. 
In addition, Bizou continues to grow on the international stage, where it already has boutiques in France and Saudi Arabia.
Think Retail has worked with the talented Bizou team on its growth strategy and entry into new markets for nearly 20 years. We are thrilled to watch this great Canadian retailer go from strength to strength, both here at home and around the globe. 
For more about Bizou, visit www.bizou.com or contact the Think Retail Team.

Le Creuset on fire with plans for two market debuts in Canada

September 15, 2017

Le Creuset is prepping to bring its colourful enamel cast-iron cookware to two new markets, with deals reached to open at Halifax Shopping Centre and Polo Park in Winnipeg.
The premium French cookware manufacturer will make its Atlantic Canada debut in Q2 2018. The 750 sq. ft. store at the Halifax Shopping Centre will be the only store in the region, making Le Creuset a huge draw and an ideal tenant for the mall, which is home to an impressive selection of unique-to-the-region brands, including Apple, Aritzia, Banana Republic, Browns, Club Monaco, Coach, Fossil, Hollister, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret and more. With more than 170 retailers, the Halifax Shopping Centre attracts visitors from across Atlantic Canada and no doubt many will make the trip to Le Creuset’s beautiful brand store. 
The company is also making its debut in Manitoba, having recently reached an agreement to lease a 950 sq. ft. space in Winnipeg’s prestigious CF Polo Park. Again, an ideal first-to-market location for the sophisticated brand, which will be right at home in the province’s largest shopping centre, which boasts 200 of the finest shops and services, with several brands exclusive to CF Polo Park.
These two new locations with bring Le Creuset’s store count to 11 in Canada and the company continues to target select markets, including downtown Vancouver and Montreal, as well as the GTA—ideal spaces are 750 to 1,250 sq. ft. along high streets and in super regional malls. 
Think Retail is honoured to work with this iconic brand and help plot its growth across the country. Le Creuset continues to innovate, with several market entries in recent years, the introduction of high street locations and, last fall, the unveiling of its show-stopping 800 sq. ft. Montreal flagship at 2121 Crescent Street.
The Le Creuset brand has an incredible story. Founded in Northern France in 1925, Le Creuset built a loyal following for cookware that combines functionality and fresh playful aesthetics: Is round French oven is a classic that spans generations. 
Today, products are distributed in more than 30 countries via partnerships with specialty retailers and high-end department stores, however Le Creuset continues to build a global network of name-brand boutiques that carry an enhanced selection of products unavailable elsewhere. The stores embrace the brand’s pedigree in a modern aesthetic, resulting in a unique destination for those with discerning taste. 
For more about this iconic brand visit www.Lecreuset.ca or contact the Think Retail Team.

Toronto feels the love from Adore Cosmetics

July 24, 2017

Boutique to open at Holt Renfrew Centre this fall as part of steady expansion

As Adore Cosmetics continues to win accolades for its organic innovations in skincare, we are pleased to announce that those in Toronto’s downtown core will now have access to the ground-breaking collection, with the opening this fall of a much-anticipated boutique at Holt Renfrew Centre. 
The Miami-based company will open an 800 sq. ft. store to showcase its celebrated Organic Innovation line—based on organic extracts combined with age-defying Plant Stem Cell Technology—that continues to build an avid fanbase around the globe and is a mainstay on the best-of lists of major beauty and fashion magazines.
Located on Bloor Street, just steps from Yonge, Holt Renfrew Centre is an ideal location for Adore. As the unofficial anchor of the Mink Mile, the centre attracts more than 8-million visits a year and is close to the city’s busiest subway stop. It’s a marquee shopping district that’s easily accessible—traits inline with the Adore brand.
Launched in 2001, Adore’s parent company UHI Cosmetics is among the worlds leading manufacturers of luxury innovative skincare. Based on strong research and innovation, they use creative technology and high-end ingredients to produce unique products that feature a specially calibrated concentration of plant stem cells to defend against the effects of aging and promote healthy-looking skin.
Adore has more than 75 boutiques around the globe, including Canada, where it operates ten locations  —Fairview Pointe Claire (Quebec); Rideau Centre and Oshawa Centre  (Ontario); Southland Mall (Saskatchewan); Tsawwassen Mills and  Robson Street in downtown Vancouver (British Columbia); Southgate (Calgary) . 
Think Retail is delighted to work with the Adore team, which is keen to expand across the country. Adore will open an aforementioned 922 sq. ft. store at the new Outlet Collection Winnipeg this fall and seeks 500 to 900 sq. ft. opportunities to open full-price and outlet boutiques in the GTA, Calgary, Edmonton and Quebec City.In addition to shopping centres, they will also consider non-conventional locations such as, airports, train stations and office buildings. 
This is a wonderful tenant with beautiful spa-like boutiques that delivers repeat foot-traffic and among the highest industry averages of sales per square foot. 
For more about Adore and its expansion plans for Canada, visit its website or contact the Think Retail Team.